Boat transporter scores a hat-trick

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WORLDWIDE boat transportation and logistics firm, PSP, has scored a hat-trick by delivering three ferries across the world in as many months.

The Segensworth-based firm is used to transporting boats such as catamarans which cannot make long journeys under their own power.

This time, the three boats added up to more than 350 tonnes of ferry that had to shifted around the globe, often in challenging conditions.

PSP managing director Frank Dixie said: ‘They are all unusual shapes, sizes and weights which means they can be a bit of a logistical nightmare to move, especially over long distances but it is our promise to deliver them in perfect condition, which is what we have achieved.’

The deliveries kicked off in May when PSP transported two Fastcat catamaran ferries from the UK to Russia.

The two 40m long ferries, which previously ran between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight, were loaded in Southampton.

The catamaran ferries, which can reach speeds of 33 knots, were delivered alongside the transportation vessel and lifted from the water directly on to the deck, using the ship’s own cranes.

The PSP team was tested by the elements as rain and wind prevailed throughout the loading, making conditions difficult.

The ferries reached Sochi in Russia on May 14, having been in transit for two weeks, and will be used as passenger ferries in the Black Sea.

No sooner had the PSP team had time to draw breath when the final part of its hat-trick came in. PSP was commissioned to transport a 95-tonne catamaran passenger ferry from Busan in South Korea to Derince in Turkey.

It was then shipped on a Russian river boat from Derince to Aktau in Kazakhstan.

The ferry will work as a passenger ferry under the new name of CM Jet 5.