Semisubmersible Begins Scheduled Liner Service Transporting Yachts

Yacht Carriers Ltd. recently began a new scheduled service dedicated to transporting yachts between south Florida, the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.

Ocean Marine Consultants and Surveyors, Inc. (OMCS), with offices in Port Everglades, Fla., and Mandelieu, France, are the exclusive worldwide representatives for this service.

The Yacht Servant, a semisubmersible ship, rotates between Toulon, France, Port Everglades, Fla., and Saint Thomas, USVI. A special voyage to the West Coast for the America's Cup is planned for the end of this year.

The 456-foot-wide by 105-footbeam Yacht Servant will be using the float-on/float-off system to load and discharge the yachts. This means that the ship will ballast down to allow seawater into the cargo bay so that the yachts can conveniently float in under their own power. Once the yachts are in place and secured, deballasting begins and the yachts come to rest safely on specially designed bedding, stern and chine supports.

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