Last week saw the arrival of the new 1000-tonne travelift to STP Shipyard Palma. Assembly of the parts has begun and the equipment is due to be operational by the end of summer 2018, just in time for the start of the winter refit period.
In the coming days, a total of 24 trucks and two powerful cranes will be used to offload the sections in the shipyard, all of which originate from Carmignano di Brenta, Italy, and are accompanied by a team of specialists who will oversee the assembly and commissioning of the new lift.
The new travelift will be the largest of its kind in Europe, both in terms of lifting capacity and dimensions. The lift measures 26m in length, 12.5m in width and 25m in height, with a lifting capacity of a 1000 tonnes. Once in use, STP will have the capacity to lift motoryachts of up to 57m in length and sailing yachts of up to 67m LOA, with a maximum beam of 12m for both. For certain sailing yachts this means the added advantage of not having to remove their stays when being hauled out.
The new travelift will significantly add to STP’s offering – the yard’s popularity has continued to grow in recent times and consistently has waiting lists in place during peak periods, which has previously led the management team to secure more space on the hard from the Port Authority to cater for demand. The yard, however, has always been limited in its haul-out capabilities and this new infrastructure will enable STP to attract a greater proportion of the superyacht fleet.
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