An expansion plan which began earlier this month is making a major impact at the Derecktor Dania yard. The piers upon which the shipyard’s 900-ton mobile hoist operates are growing in length. This will let the yard handle larger yachts, plus better utilize the hoist in general.
Specifically, the piers are gaining an extra 15 feet (4.6 meters). Once the work finishes, the Derecktor Dania yard should be able to haul megayachts to 220 feet (67 meters) ashore. In addition, the facility will be maximizing the existing capacity of the mobile hoist.
The South Florida facility has long performed a variety of refit and repair services for megayachts. These include metal repair and fabrication, composite work, pipe fitting, and joinerwork. However, with the increasing size and tonnage of megayachts, it’s been able to address needs for just certain projects. In 2012, it acquired the above-mentioned 900-ton mobile hoist. (It also has a 200-ton mobile hoist.) But, while the concrete piers allowed the hoist to haul out several large projects since then, still, limitations existed. Until this point, the maximum LOA has been 210 feet (64 meters). This is what prompted examining how much more length would address the situation.
“The expansion allows for a greater number of the large yachts frequenting Port Everglades to use the shipyard,” says James Brewer, the director of business development for the Derecktor Dania yard. He adds that the new piers will provide “another hauling option for the South Florida market.”
Derecktor expects the piers’ expansion to wrap up by the end of September. It adds that the overall hauling operations are not being impacted while construction is ongoing.
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