Published: Tuesday, 18 November 2014

The Asia division of Complete Marine Freight (CMF) has continued to grow since it opened in Hong Kong in June. The boat-shipping specialist has reported a very busy month with a variety of jobs including the shipping of a motoryacht to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam and the shipping of a 33-metre Ferretti Navetta from Genoa, Italy to Hong Kong.

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In October, CMF was tasked with the shipping of a 50-foot motorboat to Vietnam – The largest boat handled at the Ho Chi Minh container terminal to date. The boat was shipped on an ocean liner service from the UK where it was loaded under the supervision of the CMF UK team.

The arrival in Ho Chi Minh was on time to the day – impressive given the fact that it was a five-week voyage. The boat was shipped on a purpose built shipping cradle provided by CMF, this stayed with the yacht after it had arrived in Vietnam allowing for storage of the boat in the future. The boat was then transported by barge up the river to Ho Chi Minh. The offloading was attended by CMF HK to ensure handling was carried out correctly.

The same week, a 33-metre Ferretti Navetta yacht from Genoa, Italy to Hong Kong was arranged by CMF who worked closely with leading Italian yacht shipping company – Cigisped. Due to its size, the Navetta was transported on a self-geared vessel with cranes capable of handling up to 600 tonnes. CMF also arranged to have the boat protected by a system using partial covering by thermoplastic. This is more reliable than a full shipping cover, which on a large yacht loaded on deck, can be prone to failure.

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The yacht arrived safely in Hong Kong and was offloaded at anchor. CMF also arranged the customs clearance and paperwork for loading and discharge to ensure seamless service.

“Most of the shipments CMF carry out are done on container ships – a liner service,” says Sales Director and Head of CMF Hong Kong, Charles Massey. “This gives customers a fast and accurate and regular schedule allowing them to plan the arrival rather than waiting to hear when it will eventually turn up. However, a 33-metre, 120,000-kilogram yacht is too big to load on most container ships, mainly due to the capacity of the cranes at the load and discharge port. In this case rather than chartering a heavy lift ship to carry the yacht CMF was able to load on a self geared liner service therefore keeping the regular and reliable service to the customer. In the last year CMF has delivered a number of 30-metre plus yachts to Hong Kong and we will be adding a few more to the list in the not so distant future.”