Pirate Dodging: Update from Cochin, India.
Because of the Somalia pirate problem, yachts are avoiding the Indian Ocean and Cochin Marina is at the end of the usual route. A few yachts venture down from Dubai, or Mumbai, on the way to the Maldives and further East.
Cruising yachts can still come to Cochin however, and use it as a departure point for shipping their yacht.
With co-operation with Maersk lines we have shipped yachts below 39ft and up to 14ft width and 14ft high, on high load flat rack containers. The routes taken are Cochin to Colombo, Sri Lanka, then through the Red Sea into Europe and on to the Americas or East bound to Sydney, Australia via Colombo, Sri Lanka and Singapore.
I am a CA member who ended up in Cochin building a yacht for myself and doing yacht repairs to yachts in transit. I have shipped two boats this year: 1x38ft to Sydney, Australia - which had keel damage, and recently a 37ft Brewer to Savannah in Georgia, USA.
The boat we shipped to the USA was 14ft high and 13ft wide and was not a cheap option. Because of over height we had to use a ro ro barge to move the yacht from the loading point to the container terminal and pay customs clearance on the trailer. Not for the faint hearted and the paperwork is formidable.
The costs however are below those of the yacht transport ships from Malaysia or the Maldives and include mast dismantling. Estimated costs between US$15,000 - US$25,000, depending on weight/distance and transhipment points.
The boat we shipped to Australia was light and cheaper to strip and lash as the keel was removable, but required transhipment in Colombo and Singapore. So, the freight charges worked out the same nearly for both boats. The Brewer (to the USA) was in fact twice the weight and over height and craneage and lashing was more expensive for a North Atlantic transit, however it only needed one transhipment in Colombo.
The costs also depend on weight, height, and keel configuration. We are all on a learning curve with this, but it is possible longer yachts could be accommodated.
See the Maersk sailing schedule / routes.
Contact Bryan Thrulow, of BVTEE Plant & Marine, for further details.