Because of its size, the 686-foot Yacht Express demands an audience, but when the flagship of Dockwise Yacht Transport’s fleet of semisubmersible ships pulled into Fort Lauderdale on Monday with a record-breaking cargo of yachts valued collectively at $270,341,000, it was nothing short of a show stopper.
The signature gray and orange super ship claimed its berth at Port Everglades and began an hours-long de-ballasting process that allowed sea water to flood its dock bay and 19 luxury yachts to safely motor out the back and on to new adventures.
The largest of the vessels was the 190-foot superyacht Mi Sueno, which loaded on Yacht Express in Genoa, Italy, on Oct. 6. It had just returned from the Monaco Yacht Show and will be attending the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, that kicks off Thursday.
“The reason that Mi Sueno is shipped must be credited to the yacht’s owner who really knows how to look after his crew and boat,” said Mi Sueno’s Capt. Glynn Smith. “The crew needs time off after such a busy charter season in the Med, and shipping with DYT gives us that option. The other consideration is the wear and tear on the yacht during the Atlantic crossing. The average crossing adds 400 to 500 hours on the engines and generators, not to mention unforeseen incidents that can occur in the middle of the ocean.”
DYT has three more float-on/float-off voyages coming from the Mediterranean before year’s end, including one aboard the DYT ship Super Servant 4, which will arrive in Ft. Lauderdale Oct. 28 from Palma de Mallorca, Spain, fully loaded with 24 super yachts totaling a value $190 million. Some of the yachts will offload in Port Everglades; then the ship will proceed to Newport, R.I., where it will once again fully load with 43 sailing and motor yachts bound for St. Thomas, USVI in time for the Caribbean sailing season. The total value of that cargo is approximately $70,000,000.