Maiden Call of Yacht Servant – DYT Yacht Transport, the world’s largest semi-submersible vessel

The much-awaited Lady of the Seas!

Yacht Servant, the world’s largest semi-submersible yacht transport vessel, arrived at dawn on 2 October at Genoa’s IMT Terminal for her maiden call in Italy. The new flagship of Dutch shipowner DYT Yacht Transport of the Spliethoff Group, was launched in early 2022 and will operate a regular service linking the Mediterranean with the Caribbean.

The Maiden Call ceremony, which took place on 4 October on board the Servant, was attended by CEO Aldo Negri and by Ignazio Messina, CEO of Ignazio Messina & C., as well as by Laura Tempest, General Manager of DYT, and all local authorities: Giovanni Toti, President of the Region, Paolo Emilio Signorini, President of AdSP (Port System Authority), and Francesco Maresca, Port Councillor of the Municipality of Genoa.

With an overall length of 213.7 metres, a width of 46 metres and a draught of 4.6 metres, Yacht Servant offers twice the capacity of previous models of these vessels and is 32% more fuel efficient. Her 6,380 square metre deck space is 30% larger than her sister ship Yacht Express, facilitating the transport of more vessels per crossing, including deep draft sailing yachts.

Home to important marinas and capable of accommodating and providing a large range of services to maxi-yachts, Genoa has always been the port of call of reference in the Mediterranean for DYT. Port assistance is offered by the maritime agency Multimarine Services, composed of Simone Carlini, Giulia Di Levrano and Jacopo Parisi, to whom special recognition goes for their expertise and dedication in assisting the shipowner and for making this port of call possible.

A long-standing client of the only public quay in the port of Genoa, DYT sought another berth capable of accommodating its semi-submergible vessels after the recent demolition of spur dike two in Prà. An agreement was reached with Messina Group’s IMT Terminal, after the successful simulated manoeuvres. They are required for safety reasons for all vessels intending to cross the Sampierdarena channel which are considered to be over-sized according to a recent order of the Genoa Harbour Master’s Office (in this case wider than 40 metres).

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