July 26, 2020
Life is what happens when we’re busy making plans. When the coronavirus pandemic hit at the start of 2020 we did our best, like everyone else, to be as reactive as possible. Adjustments were made, but our efforts to be on DYT Time remained constant. Now, as the world begins to transition out of lockdown and destinations reopen, our trusted and reliable yacht support service is on hand to provide safe passage to all who require it. And what better way to mark this new dawn than with the keel laying ceremony for our semi-submersible yacht carrier, Yacht Servant, the largest of its kind ever built.
Among the many cruising grounds that the yachting fraternity call home, the Mediterranean has seen the quickest recovery from Covid-19. Montenegro, Malta and Tunisia were among the top six European countries to record the lowest number of active cases and subsequently lift travel bans. France, Italy and parts of Spain have also now reopened ports, permitted cruising and charter is available to those from EU and Schengen countries.
Further afield in Australasia, Fiji is open to superyachts regardless of nationality and Tahiti’s borders are open to international tourism. With newly relaxed charter laws creating a surge of interest in its colourful waters rich in marine life, Australia is inviting yachts that are currently within its borders to freely charter. Likewise, in the Maldives, the Seychelles, the Bahamas and across the United States, waters are open to tourism, albeit with some quarantine restrictions in place.
While superyachts have proven to be some of the safest and most comfortable locations to spend lockdown, the need to relocate displaced vessels and even repatriate owners and crew remains key. But not all yachts have the capability to sail far-away destinations or discover new cruising playgrounds, and the wear and tear that crossing a vast ocean can have on a boat is uninviting. This is where our yacht support service comes into its own.
Our purpose built semi-submersible carriers are designed solely for yacht transportation. Our unique float-on, float-off system is considered to be the safest and most efficient out there. In short, we sail to our own schedule defined by our clients’ needs. Whether travelling from Genoa to Papeete or from Palma de Mallorca to Fort Lauderdale, DYT transports yachts on time, in comfort and in safe hands.
It’s for this reason that the keel laying ceremony for Yacht Servant due to take place on 30 July at Yantai CIMC Raffles Offshore on the Shandong Peninsula in China represents far more than a celebratory event. The usual good luck markers, including the laying of a commemorative coin under the keel – on this occasion a Dollar and a Euro – will still take place, though on a scaled-down, socially distanced format. But more significantly, the laying of this keel will kickstart a new age of DYT capability.
“This is not just the laying of a keel, but it is also the start of a new era in yacht transport,” says Laura Tempest, General Manager at DYT. “This will be the largest semi-submersible vessel, dedicated to transporting yachts ever built. We are very proud, as this will set a new benchmark in the yacht transport industry.”
Covid-19 may have reshaped how we travel, but at DYT we intend to redefine it.