13 Oct 2015
By Rory Jackson
Christian van Hoorn, a former employee of transport specialist Peters & May Germany and managing director of Global Boat Shipping (GBS), has struck out on his own to form a new superyacht transportation service for vessels up to 50m. SuperyachtNews.com speaks to van Hoorn about the ambitions behind creating Argo Yacht Transport (AYT).
Based in Leer, Germany, AYT sits on the doorstep of around 20 per cent of the German merchant fleet and close to the Dutch shipping lanes, providing access to a wide range of vessels from heavy lift to container ships.
“I have the network and I have people who can help in every country in the world. Of course it is always difficult to start anew, but after I left GBS it was clear that I should do something on my own when clients continued to call me,” explains van Hoorn, AYT’s managing director. Using the aforementioned network, van Hoorn claims that AYT already has the ability to make weekly superyacht deliveries from “almost every port in the world to your preferred destinations.”
AYT will prepare all the necessary documents to facilitate customs clearance, these include a certificate of registry, a passport copy and a commercial invoice copy for VAT compliance. AYT will also use its pre-established network to arrange a transfer service if you are unable to attend the loading or unloading of a yacht, as well as arranging all necessary insurance documentation through its partnership with Adolph Jahn & Co.
“There are some black sheep in the market who are misleading their clients,” says van Hoorn. “That is not what I want to do, and that is not what I have done, otherwise I would not have retained my contacts. The plan is to grow in a healthy way, to do work with my contacts, develop monthly sales and see where it goes.”
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