DYT Superyacht Transport has taken delivery of its purpose-built semi-submersible vessel, Yacht Servant.
The official delivery took place on January 4, 2022, at Yantai CIMC Raffles Shipyard, China. Three days later, the vessel embarked on its maiden voyage from Shanghai to Panama.
With an overall length of 213.7 m, a 46 m beam and a 4.6 m draft, Yacht Servant is almost double the capacity of its predecessor. The IMO tier-III compliant vessel is also 32 percent more fuel-efficient, while her 6,380 sq m deck space – 30 percent larger than sistership Yacht Express – facilitates the transport of more vessels per crossing, including deep draught sailing yachts.
Whereas the current vessels in DYT’s semi-submersible fleet require operating in water depths of around 14 m, Yacht Servant only requires an operating water depth of 9 m using its improved flo-flo system. A new deck located behind the bridge has been included to accommodate tenders, containers and small race boats.
On completion of the maiden voyage, the ship will return to China to transport cargo to Colombia during the yachting off season, before arriving in the Caribbean in May to commence its 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,” said Richard Klabbers, managing director of DYT. “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.”