July 22 - Dockwise Yacht Transport's (DYT) Yacht Express will visit the the US Northeast for the first time ever when it stops in Newport, R.I., for two days next week. According to DYT, Yacht Express is the first and only purpose-built yacht transport ve

"While other transporters use cranes to lift yachts onto their decks, Yacht Express purposely 'sinks' to accommodate a float-on cargo of private luxury yachts, sailing and sport fishing boats," said DYT East Coast agent Ann Souder.

Appearing more as a floating marina than an ocean liner while underway, the Yacht Express is due to arrive in Newport on Monday July 27th. The unloading of several yachts and the loading of others will take place on Tuesday July 28 before the ship leaves later for Fort Lauderdale.

Souder explained that DYT, headquartered in Ft. Lauderdale, transports approximately 1,200 yachts on these "floating marinas" each year. Yacht Express is more than 130 feet longer than DYT's other carriers (which have been specially retrofitted to accommodate float-on/float-off yacht transport service and have visited Newport in the past) and features such added amenities as complimentary cabins for crew who are riding along, an atrium with a 180 degree view and lounge bar, an outdoor swimming pool deck, restaurant and cinema, as well as conference, media and fitness facilities. It was built at the Yantai Raffles Shipyard, in China, with an aim to provide the fastest transoceanic yacht delivery service ever from Florida and the Mediterranean.