Superyacht tenders are getting larger and often cannot be stowed or transported on board. Transporting these tenders, such as the 16.1m boat pictured below, on certain routes where no dedicated yacht transport ships are available, involves some very special arrangements for loading and securing.
In this case, the tender is loaded onto a bed of ten 40ft flat racks and is taller than a single container and therefore, it is occupying the equivalent of 20 container positions on board the vessel.
In preparation for this loading, the flat racks have to be sourced and brought to the pier – they are not standing around in convenient stacks! Then they must be loaded on board the vessel and secured ready to receive the tender which is then carefully lifted onto the bed of racks and secured to them.
Normally considered a yacht in its own right, the 18.3m Magnum super-tender pictured above required a 7 axle, 26m long truck, of which there are only a few in Europe. Weighing in at over 60 tons and over 5m wide taking up 2 highway lanes, this type of load requires special permits in all countries along the route which is determined by the various state authorities, based on a suitable route survey and bridge reports which are then submitted to the police in each country who provide escorts for several sections of the route.
Departing from Palma by ferry to Barcelona, which requires a special loads master to supervise boarding, this load then travels through Spain, France, Germany, Austria, and Slovenia before reaching its final destination in Croatia.
These lengthy and complex processes which ensure the safe and legal transport of the tenders incur cost which often seems disproportionate to the size of vessel being transported. There can also be considerable time required ahead of the transport for all these arrangements to be put in place posing another challenge in meeting delivery deadlines for the tenders to be delivered to the clients or to join the mother ships for their scheduled activities.
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