DYT takes delivery of Yacht Servant
DYT Superyacht Transport has taken delivery of its purpose-built semi-submersible vessel, Yacht Servant at the start of the year at Yantai CIMC Raffles Shipyard on China’s Shandong Peninsula. The vessel has already embarked on her maiden voyage from Shanghai to Panama.
With an overall length of 213.70 metres, a 46-metre beam and a 4.6-metre draft, Yacht Servant provides virtually double the capacity than her predecessors. The IMO Tier-III compliant vessel is also 32 percent more fuel efficient, while her 6,380 square metre deck space – 30 percent larger than her sister ship Yacht Express – facilitates the transport of more vessels per crossing, including deep draft sailing yachts.
“We’re all hugely excited about the addition of Yacht Servant to our semi-submersible fleet,” says Richard Klabbers, managing director of DYT Superyacht Transport. “Her sheer size and volume allow for so much more capacity, and we’re looking forward to discovering how the vessel’s additional capabilities – such as onboard cranes, reduced board draft and increased submerged draft – will further what we can deliver.”
Whereas the current vessels in DYT’s semi-submersible fleet require operating water depths of around 14 metres, Yacht Servant only requires an operating water depth of 9 metres using a unique float-on, float-off system that is widely considered to be the safest and most efficient in the world. Yacht Servant’s new specialised deck located behind the bridge built to accommodate tenders, containers and small race boats also opens a new world of convenience and flexibility for owners.
On completion of her 2022 maiden voyage, Yacht Servant will return to China to transport cargo to Colombia during the yachting off season, before arriving in the Caribbean in May to commence her sailing schedule between Florida, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean.
“Last year was a challenge for the entire yacht transportation industry, with lockdowns and global uncertainties affecting travel the world over,” says Klabbers. “But our order books for 2022 are already encouragingly healthy, and with Yacht Servant now bringing our DYT fleet total to three vessels, we’ve made a hugely promising start to the new year.”