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Transport of NEW 56m BENETTI Motor Yacht GENESIS II meticulously planned and executed by Sevenstar Yacht Transport

November 27, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Sevenstar Yacht Transport has kindly shared with us the images below, showing the recent transport of the new 56m Benetti motor yacht GENESIS II (FB266) from Genoa to Hong Kong to meet her new Owners. A sistership to the 2013-launched luxury yacht LADY CANDY (FB260), superyacht GENESIS II boasts the equally-beautiful interiors, superbly designed by Central Yacht.

Sevenstar Yacht Transport preparing the lift of the 56m Benetti superyacht GENESIS II (FB266)

Sevenstar Yacht Transport preparing the lift of the 56m Benetti superyacht GENESIS II (FB266)

The specialised loadmasters of Sevenstar Yacht Transport have together with the engineering team meticulously planned and executed the transport of luxury yacht GENESIS II (FB266). A lot of knowledge and experience was needed and involved to make this kind of special transport possible.

Superyacht GENESIS II - Lift-off

Superyacht GENESIS II – Lift-off

Lifting of luxury yacht GENESIS II

Lifting of luxury yacht GENESIS II

Motor yacht GENESIS II safely on board

Motor yacht GENESIS II safely on board

There are more charter yachts built by Benetti here.

A busy start to 2015 for Rivergate Marina and Shipyard

February 03, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Rivergate Marina and Shipyard has started the New Year with some amazing arrivals and departures, thanks in part to Sevenstar’s yacht transport services. The last three months saw the company’s project management team work on the 40-metre motor yacht RASA. Custom built by Palmer Johnson yachts in 2001, luxury superyacht RASA can sleep up to 10 guests. RASA appointed Rivergate to manage works to the vessel’s crane motor and brake, platform rails, guest cabins, electrics, hydraulic swim platform, as well as more.

45m Palmer Johnson superyacht Vantage at Rivergate Marina and Shipyard

45m Palmer Johnson superyacht Vantage at Rivergate Marina and Shipyard

Rivergate Marina and Shipyard were also excited to have a 50 metre Westport back with them, making her third visit to Rivergate. This vessel, built in 2011 by Westport, accommodating up to 12 guests, was specially designed for entertaining guests. However, it was not all work and no play; no stranger to Rivergate, whilst undergoing routine works on the vessel, the crew joined the yard for various celebrations including Melbourne cup. Both crews also attended the Rivergate Marina and Shipyard Christmas party while they were here, enjoying an Aussie-style outdoor sausage sizzle with other crews, Rivergate tenants and of course the Rivergate team.

More recently Rivergate welcomed motor yacht Vantage to the marina. This stunning 45 metre yacht was also constructed by Palmer Johnson. Vantage is truly unique in style, accommodating up to 12 guests, she is fully equipped with an outdoor Jacuzzi, bar, barbeque and several relaxation zones.

DYT Yacht Express

DYT Yacht Express

However, working with Sevenstar Yacht Transport, the three superyachts departed Rivergate last week, boarding the DYT Yacht Express to be transported to Costa Rica, Central America; via Auckland, New Zealand. Sevenstar are a world leader in yacht transport, customising their services for each client.

The silver lining of this rare mass-departure, was in-turn welcoming motor vessel Ocearch to Rivergate.  The 38 metre research vessel is run by a not-for-profit organisation, ‘’OCEARCH’’. The impressive vessel features an at-sea laboratory and custom research platform that can lift a 5,000 pound shark (original article here). As a leader in research of great white sharks, and other ocean predators, the organisation strives to generate previously unattainable data through the tagging of these animals. Leading the expedition is Chris Fischer, on the vessels second tour to Brisbane.

OCEARCH

OCEARCH

The motor vessels operation and success is backed by the support of company Hastings Deering / Caterpillar. Rivergate were privileged to work closely with the team at Hastings Deering to organise an exclusive event to continue the exceptional work and education offered by OCEARCH for this important cause. The event saw over eighty of the organisations employees visit Rivergate and tour the vessel, after a formal presentation and catered lunch.

Rivergate work with a wide range of vessels, including the likes of OCEARCH, superyachts, sailing yachts and pleasure craft of all shapes and sizes.

New Caribbean Leeward Islands Representative for Sevenstar Yacht Transport

January 13, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

With the demand for yacht transport rapidly expanding in the Caribbean, Sevenstar Yacht Transport is delighted to announce the appointment of Simon Manley as its new Caribbean Leeward Islands representative. Simon will be based in the fabulous St. Martin yacht charter destination.

Simon Manley

Simon Manley

Amongst others the leeward islands consist of the British Virgin Islands and US Virgin Islands as well as the French West Indies. Sevenstar is the leader in the industry of yacht transport, and specialises in lift-on/lift-off (LO/LO) yacht transport services offered by a fleet of over 120 ships wholly owned and operated by Amsterdam-based parent company Spliethoff Group.

“We are happy to have Simon join our team,” said Richard Klabbers, Sevenstar’s managing director, “Simon will be working closely with the Amsterdam headoffice of Sevenstar Yacht Transport. And will start right on time for the approaching season in the year where yachts will start to turn their attention towards their return across to the Med or the USA.”

Simon’s company Shore Support was founded in 2009 before he already had 15 years experience as the Caribbean manager of one of the largest yacht charter companies. It is this background and technical knowledge that sets Simon apart from the competition.

Partnership of Feadship Heritage Fleet and Sevenstar Yacht Transport

December 18, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Feadship was established in 1949 as First Export Association of Dutch Shipbuilders to explore new markets outside of Europe and became a world-renowned brand of superior quality yachts. Its fleet now consists of more than 300 yachts. The Feadship Heritage Fleet is an association, uniting owners of classic Feadship yachts that were constructed more than 30 years ago.

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There are seven renowned Feadship shipyards: Royal Van Lent in Kaag, Koninklijke De Vries in Aalsmeer, but also in specific periods by Akerboom in Lisse, Van de Stadt in Zaandam, Witsen & Vis in Alkmaar, Het Fort / De Vries Lentsch in Nieuwendam or the Haarlemsche Scheepswerf / H.W. de Voogt. Only these yachts, when aged 30 years, qualify as ‘Feadship Heritage’. Such a special fleet deserves its own club, and it was this vision of three passionate owners that led to the foundation of an association for classic Feadship owners: the Feadship Heritage Fleet (FHF).

Feadship Heritage Fleet and Sevenstar announce partnership

Feadship Heritage Fleet and Sevenstar announce partnership

The heritage of the yachts is celebrated through exclusively staged events in the Mediterranean, the USA and home country the Netherlands. Every spring the FHF Rendezvous takes place in the Netherlands including a tour at one of the Feadship yards. Also FHF is present at the Monaco Classic Week and the Monaco Historic Grand Prix, forming a perfect match with the FHF ‘heritage’ activities.

Partnership of Feadship Heritage Fleet and Sevenstar Yacht Transport

Partnership of Feadship Heritage Fleet and Sevenstar Yacht Transport

Sevenstar Yacht Transport is the world’s leading yacht transport company with its headquarters in Amsterdam. The Sevenstar-FHF partnership is a good fit to support and promote Dutch heritage in the world. “We are very pleased with our partnership with the Feadship Heritage Fleet”, says Richard Klabbers – CEO of Sevenstar Yacht Transport. “Yacht transport is a complimentary service to owners of precious yachts. Think of transporting a Feadship to a shipyard for a refit and to and from events staged somewhere in the world. We are looking forward to supporting the FHF members in all their yacht transport needs.”

Feadship Heritage Fleet and Sevenstar Yacht Transport

Feadship Heritage Fleet and Sevenstar Yacht Transport

Treasurer and co-founder of the Feadship Heritage Fleet, Arthur van Berge Henegouwen is proud of FHF and the partnership: “A few owners sat together last year with the idea to found an association, and look at its success after only one year! The owners of these mostly beautifully preserved yachts are very enthusiastic and would like to share their passion with their fellow classic Feadship owners. Now respected companies, such as Sevenstar and Pantaenius (insurance) show interest in this exclusive owners association. We welcome partnerships under the condition that there is a natural fit between the fleet and the partner company. Many of these classic yachts do not cross the Atlantic anymore, but in case their owners wish to explore different waters, yacht transport is the solution. Having a trustworthy partner with knowledge of these specific yachts and offering additional services exclusively to our members is very welcome”.

Sailings year round to and from New Zealand and Australia on offer at Sevenstar Yacht Transport

December 05, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

As the world’s leading company specializing in yacht transport, Sevenstar Yacht Transport in collaboration with DYT Yacht Transport—the only float-on, float-off yacht carrier—provide sailings year round to and from New Zealand and Australia.

MV Happy Dragon underway from Europe and USA to the South Pacific

MV Happy Dragon underway from Europe and USA to the South Pacific

Having recently loaded yachts in the Mediterranean, MV Happy Dragon arrived 23rd of November in Auckland, New Zealand and will proceed to Newcastle, Australia to discharge the remainder of the yachts in due time for the clients to enjoy the Holidays onboard their yachts.

The majority of the yachts were purchased in the Med or USA and will be delivered in New Zealand or Australia to their proud new owners. Others are owned by overseas clients who want to explore the Southern Hemisphere or return home after spending years overseas.

MV Yacht Express showing the float-on, float-off process

MV Yacht Express showing the float-on, float-off process

The next sailing will be aboard DYT’s MV Yacht Express, which is scheduled to load in Port Everglades on/about the 5th of December and will call on Golfito, Papeete (Tahiti) prior to its arrival in Brisbane. This will mark the second time she has called on the South Pacific region since its launch in 2007. She will be returning to the Med via port calls in Auckland, Golfito, Port Everglades and will arrive in Genoa with time to spare before the Spring/Summer cruising season begins.

MV Happy Dragon underway from Europe and USA to the South Pacific

MV Happy Dragon underway from Europe and USA to the South Pacific with luxury yachts aboard

Following this sailing Sevenstar will offer a voyage mid-December from Gibraltar and Palm Beach to Melbourne, Sydney and Suva (Fiji).

For those who wish to ship their yacht from Australia and New Zealand to other cruising playgrounds in time for the summer season, Sevenstar Yacht Transport has scheduled voyages for mid-December (from Brisbane), mid-January (from Brisbane and Auckland), 1 – 15 March and 1 – 15 April (from Newcastle and Tauranga). Discharge ports for these sailings will be Golfito, Port Everglades, Gibraltar and The Netherlands.

Sailings from Australia and New Zealand are scheduled as follows: Mid December (from Brisbane), mid January (from Brisbane and Auckland), 1 – 15 March and 1 – 15 April (from Newcastle and Tauranga). In addition to the above scheduled sailings, Sevenstar offers services on container lines and ro–ro carriers.

New West Coast Representative for Sevenstar Yacht Transport

October 10, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

With the demand for yacht transport fast growing between North America and Asia, Sevenstar Yacht Transport is delighted to announce and welcome Kris Caren as its new West Coast Representative. A leader in the industry of yacht transport, Sevenstar partners with sister company DYT Yacht Transport to specialize in both lift-on/lift-off (LO/LO) and float-on/float-off (FLO/FLO) services, provided by a fleet of over 120 ships wholly owned as well as operated by Amsterdam-based parent company, Spliethoff Group. Caren will be responsible for serving clients on the western coast of British Columbia, the United States and Central America.

Kris Caren

Kris Caren

“We are thrilled to have Kris join our team,” said Richard Klabbers, Sevenstar’s managing director, adding that Caren will be working closely with Lauren Hartman from the Sevenstar USA Agencies in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and they will be traveling to events such as the LIDO Boat Show and the Bisbee’s Black & Blue Marlin and Los Suenos fishing tournaments. “Having an experienced ship broker like Kris on board will further grow Sevenstar’s already expansive global routes and will contribute to Sevenstar maintaining its lead in the yacht transport market on the West Coast.”

Over the last eight years, Caren has worked with Spliethoff Group to develop new roll-on/roll-off (RO/RO) shipping lines that carry break bulk and heavy lift cargo in the European and transatlantic trade. He also has helped the company consolidate its regular lines that service the Mediterranean, U.S. and Caribbean markets. Prior to joining Spliethoff Group, Caren established RO/RO shipping lines in Spain for the European shipping company Transfennica.

“This first-hand experience coupled with his skills working in markets around the globe is what makes Kris the ideal candidate for Sevenstar clients,” said Klabbers. “Kris will be involved in every part of the shipping process, from providing quick rate quotes to overseeing the loading and discharging operations.”

Caren will be at the LIDO Boat Show in Newport Beach, Calif. from September 18-21, 2014. A combined Sevenstar/DYT booth will be located on E Dock, E-508.

Sevenstar Yacht Transport – The transporter of choice for Cannes Yachting Festival 2014

September 04, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The most prestigious UK motor yacht brands have chosen Sevenstar Yacht Transport to ship their yachts to the Cannes Yachting Festival 2014. No less than nine yachts varying in size from 52 to 88 feet, from four high-flying brands – Princess, Sunseeker, Fairline and Pearl – were shipped by the transport vessel Egmondgracht and reached the lovely French Riviera yacht charter destination – Cannes at the end of August, well in time for the boat show, which will kick off on September 9.

Luxury motor yachts aboard transport vessel Egmondgracht

Luxury motor yachts transported by Sevenstar Yacht Transport

Iain Smallridge, managing director of Pearl Motor Yachts stated, “The co-operation with Sevenstar Yacht Transport was again flawless and their timing for this sailing was spot-on. For quite some time now, Sevenstar has shipped every boat for us within Europe and it is a pleasure working with their team.  At Pearl Motor Yachts, we are making the final arrangements for the Cannes International Boat Show, where our much anticipated Pearl 65 will be launched. We are confident that she will be a great success!”

Roger Lipman, sales director of Princess Motor Yacht Sales said, ”It is great seeing our boats for the Cannes International Boat Show depart from Southampton with Sevenstar Yacht Transport. Their service has been impeccable again, with a sailing perfectly planned and on time as promised from Southampton for the Cannes International Boat Show, as we requested.”

The Cannes Yachting Festival is the first boat show in the Mediterranean of the season, running from 9th to 14th September. It brings together the key players in pleasure boating and international luxury yachting, from exhibitors showcasing their new vessels, products, services to visitors, yacht owners and future buyers.

Mike Herrebrugh, director of Sevenstar in the UK, commented, ”I am very pleased with the continued trust of our clients who enable us time and time again to carry out their shipping requirements. Of course, this would never be possible without our expert team of loadmasters, operational staff and agents worldwide.’’

Note: Article supplied by Yachting Pages

Newport Charter Yacht Show 2014 to open today

June 23, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Today, June 23, will be marked by the official opening of the 2014 Newport Charter Yacht Show. Representing one of only six luxury yacht charter-focused shows in the world, the event will open its doors to charter yacht brokers as well as industry VIPs for four days, running at the Newport Yachting Center in downtown Newport, Rhode Island, from Monday, June 23 to Thursday, June 26, 2014.

Aerial view of the Newport Yachting Center during the 2012 Newport Charter Yacht Show (Photo Credit Billy Black)

Aerial view of the Newport Yachting Center during the 2012 Newport Charter Yacht Show (Photo Credit Billy Black)

In its 32nd year, the event explores the many avenues of luxury chartering in New England and invites charter professionals and discriminating consumers (attending with brokers) to tour a selection of exquisitely appointed sailing and motoryachts, ranging in size from 80 feet up to the superyacht length of 150 to 225+ feet.

“We have 27 yachts currently registered, with many fitting the criteria for being superyachts and all of them available as a unique vacation platform in the region this summer,” said Newport Exhibition Group Show Director Nancy Piffard, adding that there is also a record number of brokers and agents signed up to attend and a host of new events to keep them busy. “This year is ramping up to be our best show yet. I cannot thank our sponsors and supporting partners enough, as none of this would be possible without them.”

Piffard added that the Government of St. Maarten/Port of St. Maarten is showing its support by sponsoring the Newport Charter Yacht Show’s USSA/Welcome Reception on Monday, June 23 (6-9 p.m.). The Caribbean Island is a prime charter destination and New England’s counterpart for cruising during the winter months. The sound of steel drums will emanate from the main show tent as guests and St. Maarten representatives enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

Participating yachts at the 2013 Newport Charter Yacht Show, which begins Monday, June 23 for its 2014 edition (Photo Credit: Billy Black)

Participating yachts at the 2013 Newport Charter Yacht Show, which begins Monday, June 23 for its 2014 edition (Photo Credit: Billy Black)

“The delegation of St. Maarten is delighted to attend the Newport Charter Yacht Show,” said Mark Mingo, Chief Executive Officer of the Port of St. Maarten. “This will be our first time attending the event, and we look forward to highlighting what St. Maarten has to offer the charter industry.”

Prior to the show, on Sunday, June 23 (6-8 p.m.), the Newport Shipyard, Engineered Marine Coatings and Baltimore Marina Centers will host the Captain and Crew Briefing/Happy Hour in the Hospitality Lounge, sponsored by West Marine Megayacht Supply. United Yacht Transport will add to the fun with its “Signature Cocktail” available at both receptions.

A complimentary continental breakfast will be served daily (8-10 a.m.) in the main show tent, provided by Marsh Private Client Services.

On Tuesday, June 24 and Wednesday, June 25 crewmembers onboard participating yachts will entertain guests with the show’s Crew Competitions, sponsored by Sevenstar Yacht Transport/DYT Yacht Transport and Private Yacht Vacations magazine. The series of contests will put the participants’ hospitality and culinary skills to the test.

Participating yachts at the 2013 Newport Charter Yacht Show, which begins Monday, June 23 for its 2014 edition (Photo Credit: Billy Black)

Participating yachts at the 2013 Newport Charter Yacht Show, which begins Monday, June 23 for its 2014 edition (Photo Credit: Billy Black)

On Wednesday, June 25 (6-9 p.m.) show attendees are invited to an Industry Happy Hour, hosted by CD Consultants and Yachts International Magazine.

Several shoreside exhibits are also part of the event mix and include industry-focused seminars and a vibrant “Yacht Hop.”

Supporting Partners to-date are the American Yacht Charter Association, Come Sea U.S., U.S. Superyacht Association, Florida Yacht Brokers Association, Yacht Insider’s Guide and AvPorts- Quonset Airport. Active Interest Media’s Power & Motoryacht and Yachts International magazines are the official Media Partners.

IGY Marinas is the Lanyard Sponsor. G Travel – USA is the show’s Exclusive Crew Travel Supplier, Team One Newport is the Captains Bag Sponsor. Bridge Liquors is the Beverage Sponsor.

Charitable Partner Announced
The Newport Exhibition Group has chosen the Boys & Girls Club of Newport County as the official charitable partner of the 32nd Newport Charter Yacht Show. The organization’s mission is to inspire and enable young people (ages 5-18) to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.

Over the last 50 years the non-profit has brought quality programs to children and youth in Rhode Island. Currently, it provides mentoring, academic programming, athletic activities and warm meals to its 1,700 members.

The non-profit will have an exhibit in the hospitality tent throughout the week and will be selling tickets to its fundraising event, the Boys & Girls Club Yacht Rendezvous, scheduled for August at the Newport Shipyard.

Massive demand for Sevenstar Yacht Transport’s services

May 23, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The second quarter of 2014 has kicked off with huge demand for Sevenstar Yacht Transport’s services, demonstrating its leading market position. Sevenstar made over 70 port calls worldwide last month and 200 yachts were shipped to the various Mediterranean yacht holiday destinations in just one month alone!

Transatlantic transport of two twin Westport 130s from West Palm Beach to the Med

Transatlantic transport of two twin Westport 130 superyachts from West Palm Beach to the Mediterranean

May is traditionally a busy month for Sevenstar as yacht owners prepare for their summer holidays. But this year the number of yachts surged to an unprecedented number leaving no inch of deck space unused, even on Sevenstar’s vast fleet of carriers. Yachts were loaded or discharged in a port somewhere around the globe more than twice a day. The Transatlantic route is traditionally the busiest route as Sevenstar transports yachts back and forth from Florida and the Caribbean to the Mediterranean almost continuously.

Manager Operations John Kamp (left) and Sean Lines (middle) work on the next shipments’ logistics

Manager Operations John Kamp (left) and Sean Lines (middle) work on the next shipments’ logistics

Bas Bos of Transatlantic Sales for Sevenstar comments: ”We are proud to be the transporter of choice for a growing number of customers in need of a fast and safe transport across the Atlantic. I believe that more and more yacht owners prefer fast and safe yacht transport to sailing under their own keel. Think of the possible wear and tear on their yacht and the time and crew you may need otherwise.

“The Operations Department is working long hours to get all the yachts safe and sound on board one of Sevenstar’s vessels.” Sean Lines, Operations at Sevenstar adds: “We are now facing times when I spend hours puzzling over how to get all the racers, fishing boats, super yachts and motor cruisers on the ship, knowing that our specialised force of dedicated Loadmasters depend on my calculations and that they have to be one hundred percent accurate. Each time I am proud to be able to service the customers as we transport their yacht according to plan and on time.”

Sevenstar vessel chock-a-block with yachts heading for their summer destination

Sevenstar vessel chock-a-block with yachts heading for their summer destination

Managing Director Richard Klabbers is content with his team: “This level of performance can only be achieved through hard work by an experienced staff with a passion for the job. Yacht transport is an intricate process with many facets, each of which needs the utmost attention. At Sevenstar I am very pleased to have a team that has a vast experience of almost 20 years in the yacht transportation business.”

US Virgin Islands’ Yacht Charter Industry and Economy expected to boost thanks to the new 2014 Coast Guard Reauthorisation Act

May 21, 2014

Written by Eva Belanyiova

The Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority is pleased to announce an important development concerning the proposed changes to their charter passenger law, that have great potential to positively affect the U.S. Virgin Islands yacht charter industry and economy. As announced by the Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. last week,  the 2014 Coast Guard Reauthorisation Act passed the full U.S. House of Representatives bringing the U.S. Virgin Islands territory in the Caribbean one step closer in its efforts to regain the yachting industry’s leadership mantle that was once a vibrant part of the local economy.

Yacht Haven Grande Marina in  St Thomas -  USVI - Photo courtesy of  The Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority

Yacht Haven Grande Marina in St Thomas - USVI - Photo courtesy of The Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority

De Jongh also stated, “There is no doubt that the initiative brought forward by our Marine Council to Congressman Bill Shuster, the Chairman of the House Transportation Committee, during his November 2013 infrastructure visit to the territory has resulted in this step towards equity for our charter industry and an economic boost for our maritime industries as a whole.” He said this has been a long outstanding issue that has put USVI at a competitive disadvantage to the rest of region and especially with a niche that is attracted to the natural resources and all that the US Virgin Islands have to offer. “This is the first of a number of actions we will initiate to let this market know that we are open for business and we want their business,” he added.

Currently, an uninspected vessel operating in the United States Virgin Islands is limited to six paying passengers. Established in 1993, this rule has been a detriment to US Virgin Islands marine economic development as the charter industry developed , with larger charter vessels and an increase in catamaran fleets now being the industry standard. This reduction in passengers for U.S. vessels and increased regulations were a primary reason the balance of the local charter yacht industry relocated to the British Virgin Islands.

St Thomas in the Caribbean US Virgin Islands

St Thomas in the Caribbean US Virgin Islands

In July of 2013, Governor John P. de Jongh Jr. convened the first meeting of the Virgin Islands Marine Economic Development Council to address revitalisation of the maritime industries. Council members represent all of the maritime industries including sports fishing, diving, marine manufacturers, and charter yachts to name a few. One of the first issues the Marine Council focused on was proposed relief to the existing charter passenger regulations.

The Council outlined the punitive effects and inequity in standards of the “Six Passenger Rule” compared to the neighbouring British Virgin standards and proposed a change, exclusive to the U.S.V.I., to Congressman Bill Shuster, Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. As a result, House Bill 4005 which allows for alternative compliance standards for USVI uninspected vessels that have completed BVI inspection standards passed the House of Representatives on April 1, 2014.

The Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority looks forward to a favourable reception as it makes its way to the Senate and once passed, will allow vessel owners and operators the ease of travel between the USVI and BVl’s and provide expanded benefits to all who call the U.S.V.I. their homeport. This regulatory relief will positively affect both the local charter fleet and the mega yacht industry.

While the majority of mega yachts are Coast Guard inspected, the major benefits to alternative safety standard would be the overall improvement to the marine support infrastructure in the USVI, resulting in the increased quantity of available electricians, diesel engine services, refrigeration services, sailmakers, ships stores, boatyard services and other professional marine services available to vessels relocating back into the territory.

There are many advantages to home porting in the Caribbean yacht charter destination, St. Thomas such as easy access for charter guests from direct flights from the United States, a broad selection of yacht provisions, easy access to fuel, and a cost savings on moorings and registration fees.

A significant Virgin Islands homeport advantage is International Mega Yacht Transports readily available at the St. Thomas Crown Bay Marine Terminal, complete with service agents and support staff for arrival and departures. In 2013, yacht carriers alone discharged and loaded nearly 300 yachts in partnership with well-known yacht carriers companies such as Sevenstar, Peters and May and Dockwise. It is expected that 2014 transports will surpass that number. Alongside the yacht carriers lies Subbase Drydock, providing drydock and crane services large enough to accommodate most mega yachts.

St. Thomas boasts the premier mega yacht facility in the Northern Caribbean in Yacht Haven Grande Marina, with 45 slips ranging in sizes up to 200’ in length, around the clock security and a full service fuel dock over 600’ in length. Yachts from around the world now frequent the beautiful U.S. Virgin Islands harbours from November to June.

The Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority and the local maritime industry professionals and businesses look forward to welcoming luxury yacht charterers to their beautiful islands, and are always striving to increase their appeal by providing the ultimate in guest hospitality and vessel support.