If you are looking to ship your yacht or motorboat back from the Caribbean to the Mediterranean or Northern Europe there are a few things to look out for…
Generally nowadays as opposed to 10 years ago there are many more options for shipping your boat back and the ships are more regular.
Most ships will load in Martinique or in St. Thomas and will service Palma de Mallorca, Genoa and Montenegro in the Mediterranean; and in Northern Europe will call in Southampton and Bremerhaven.
The ships are normally lift on lift off which mean that you will be able to literally drive your boat along side the shipping vessel and they will lift the boat out of the water using slings and spreader bars attached to a crane. Your boat will then be lifted into a suitable shipping candle and secured for transport.
The best piece of advice is to book as early as possible as ships get full pretty fast. The later you book the more chance you have of being delayed or not shipping at all.
It is important to be aware that these vessels do not operate like airlines, they are very prone to delays as they are constantly moving around the globe picking up different types of cargoes not only yachts. For example, if there is a strike or a problem with customs in previous ports it can have knock on affect down the line causing delays. It is important to be aware of this and provide yourself with enough time in your schedule to consider these eventualities.
Finally, make sure all your paperwork is in order to avoid any issues with customs at your arrival port. Commercial ports can be very costly and are not very nice places to have a luxury yacht stuck until customs clears.
If you are interested in shipping back to the Mediterranean, Europe or anywhere else in the world we would be very grateful to assist.
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