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Across the pond in eight days

Dockwise Yacht Transport plans to introduce a new high-speed yacht carrier that it says will reduce trans-Atlantic shipping times by 50 percent.

The semisubmersible vessel will cruise at 18 knots, crossing the Atlantic from the Mediterranean to Florida or the Caribbean in eight days rather than 15, according to DYT managing director Clemens van der Werf.

At 674 feet and with a beam of 106 feet, DYT says it will be the largest vessel of its kind in the world. It will run primarily on the trans-Atlantic route, beginning in the summer of 2006, providing regular monthly departures between the Mediterranean and the Caribbean or Florida, according to DYT, which is headquartered in Breda, The Netherlands.