Superyachts put on cargo ships

DUBAI //Piracy fears are stopping superyacht owners from sailing between the Mediterranean and the Gulf, where they split their time each year.

Instead, they have them shipped on cargo vessels, says Erwin Bamps, the chief operating officer of the UAE boatbuilder Gulf Craft.

“This is an issue for superyachts visiting the region coming out of the Mediterranean,” Mr Bamps said.

“They are now more or less shipped on another ship and brought into the Gulf, so the owner doesn’t have to concern himself with the security of the vessel.

“It has a cost implication for the owner, because before he would sail in through the Red Sea.”

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Story by Colin Simpson, courtesy of The National.

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