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Heavy Lift Ship Clipper New York
Through persistence and constant monitoring of the Victoria waterfront, our correspondent Murray Polson sees many fascinating vessels. With increasing fuel costs it is now cost-efficient for owners of large yachts to move them around the world for cruising on the deck of a heavy lift ship rather than take the expense (and risks) of sailing from point to point. Victoria is one of the key transfer points, and it is possible to have a yacht dropped in almost any region of the world.
It is increasingly common to hear about yachtsmen transferring their yachts in this manner to facilitate cruising. In the early 1970s I was travelling through the South Pacific and met several weather beaten yachts and their completely worn out crews in exotic venues such as Tahiti. Some of the crews simply could not face the return voyage - and several of those yachts were up for sale. Some had signs on them recruiting crew members to replace spouses who had walked out on their partners (I guess it had seemed like a good idea at the start of the voyage?). I find that most yachtsmen are travellers first and sailors secondly. These yacht transfer services eliminate the blue water voyages that take such stamina and energy as well as skill.
The Clipper New York is registered in the Bahamas built in 2012. 144m X 24m X 9.85m 10,000gt 17,000dwt Call sign C6ZQ9. IMO# 9473250, MMSI# 311063500 Although she is functioning as a heavy lift ship she is a multi-purpose freight vessel capable of carrying a variety of cargoes and is described by her owners (the Clipper Group) as a 'multipurpose/container/heavy lift vessel'.
The yacht Discovery 31m X 6m x ?m 87.2' x 21' x 12' 180gt 122nt. USCG# 998967. is American registered (at Cooks Bay OR) call sign WCZ2701. MMSI#367373550. Built in 1962 at the Skaalurens Skibsbyggeri Shipyard, Rosendahl Norway. (She is reported as having been formerly named as the Neptunus Rey; the Piscator; the Sir Garnet; and the Syringa.) She is currently owned by Richard K. Reiling, of Houston TX USA.
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