Two ships proved they were better than one this weekend at Port Everglades, when Sevenstar Yacht Transport vessels Spielgracht and Dijksgracht tethered together to use cranes on both ships to lift one yacht into the water in preparation for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show opening October 31, 2013. A brand new Ferretti yacht model Navetta 26, straight from the shipyard in Italy, was too heavy to be lifted by a single shipboard crane. So, using a little ingenuity, expert piloting and a lot of power from Seabulk Towing’s SDM tug New River, the two Seven Star ships were pushed and tethered together so that the cranes aboard both ships could be used to lift the 140-ton yacht.  

"Previously, this style of operation has never been conducted in Port Everglades," said Chief Harbormaster Conrad Strong. "Typically, a yacht of this size would be lifted by a dockside mobile harbor crane or gantry crane. The advantage is that transport company can save some money by using their own cranes as long as they have two ships in port at the same time. 
 
About Port Everglades
As one of South Florida’s leading economic powerhouses, Port Everglades is the gateway for international trade and cruise vacations.  Already one of the busiest cruise ports in the world, Port Everglades is also one of the nation’s leading container ports and South Florida’s main seaport for receiving petroleum products including gasoline, jet fuel and alternative fuels.  The Port Everglades Department is a self-supporting Enterprise Fund of Broward County government with operating revenues of approximately $143 million in Fiscal Year 2012 (October 1, 2011 through September 30, 2012).  It does not rely on local tax dollars for operations.   The total value of economic activity at Port Everglades is approximately $26 billion.  More than 201,000 Florida jobs are impacted by the Port, including almost 11,700 people who work for companies that provide direct services to Port Everglades.  For more information on Port Everglades, which is governed by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners, go to porteverglades.net  or e-mail PortEverglades@broward.org.

DATE: October 30 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Alinda Montfort
Port Everglades Corporate & Community Relations
PHONE: 954-468-0169
EMAIL: amontfort@broward.org
MEDIA CONTACT: Ellen Kennedy 
Port Everglades Corporate & Community Relations 
PHONE: 954-468-3508 
EMAIL: ekennedy@broward.org