The partnership between yacht transport company DYT Yacht Transport and Sevenstar Yacht Transport has been finalised. Whilst maintaining separate identities, the two companies are equipped to advise on appropriate options for either float-on/float-off (FLO/FLO) or lift-on/lift-off (LO/LO) services offered by a fleet of over 120 ships that are wholly owned and operated by parent company, the Spliethoff Group, one of the largest ship owners in The Netherlands.

“The partnership makes all the sense in the world,” said Richard Klabbers, Sevenstar’s managing director. According to Klabbers, DYT’s tow ships, Yacht Express and Super Servant 4, are the world’s only dedicated yacht transport ships that can submerge their dock bays for easy FLO/FLO entry and exit of yachts on their own keels and assigned primarily to the safe and expeditious transport of yachts across the Atlantic Ocean.

“By keeping the two trusted brands intact, we will continue to give our customers understandable choices,” Klabbers continued. “A charter boat owner has to be in the Caribbean or the Med by a certain date and back to the U.S. by another; a game fishing enthusiast needs to be at a tournament in Costa Rica; a cruising couple wants to start a ‘round-the-world' adventure in the South Pacific – every situation for every yacht owner is different. Whatever the need and no matter which of our offices or agents they call, they will be expertly advised on the best way to safely transport their yacht.”



A team of experienced loading masters travels the globe to orchestrate the loading and unloading of yachts entrusted to DYT and Sevenstar.  “Better a specially trained professional to handle such precious cargo as multi-million dollar yachts,” explained Klabbers, who added that DYT and Sevenstar agents also are strategically posted around the world to advise and handle logistics for yacht owners once bookings have been decided. He cautioned that some companies in the yacht transport business that operate as “freight forwarders” are not equipped with the understanding and knowledge required to ship yachts. This can lead to a yacht being stuck in port when its proposed ride is detained, doesn’t exist, or the costs are not fully disclosed to the yacht owner. “Our business is about getting the yachts to their destinations safe, sound and hassle-free. All insurance work and port clearances are completed in advance by our agents. All loading, unloading, cradling and fastening of yachts is overseen by our loading masters.”