Sometimes owners don’t want their superyachts setting off on their own bottoms. It’s wear and tear not just on the yacht, but also the crew. That’s where transport companies like Peters & May come in. The company recently shot the video below to give owners, crew, and more an inside look at the logistics of shipping a superyacht nearly halfway around the world.
Peters & May uses both float-on, float-off transport ships as well as lift-on, lift-off ones for shipping a superyacht. For this particular job, it used a transport vessel with a significant-size crane permanently onboard. The yacht needing to undertake the journey was a 151-foot (46-meter) Sanlorenzo.
It took several hours to get the yacht prepared and secue her last fittings on the ship, past dark. Shipping a superyacht isn’t a simple process, even for Peters & May, with 25 years of experience. The crane first lowers slings into the water fore and aft of the yacht. The slings slip gently around the yacht, and divers go down to check all underwater gear and that the slings themselves are in the proper positions. Meanwhile, on the deck of the transport ship, Peters & May staff assemble custom cradles.
You might just hold your breath as you watch the Sanlorenzo lift out of the water and spin sideways before lowering onto the cradles. Clearly, though, everything is okay, as the Peters & May personnel weld the cradles to the deck to remain secure.
More than 8,100 miles after departing Genoa, Italy, the Sanlorenzo arrives in Hong Kong.
While shipping a superyacht like this is big business (no pun intended) for Peters & May, the company transports a host of vessel types and sizes. For example, it’s the official transport company for the maxi racer Comanche, plus the J Class yachts. It also regularly ships boats from Fairline and Sunseeker.