PSP is used to transporting some of the most glamorous yachts, motorboats and superyachts in the world.
But this week boat transportation firm PSP broke the mould and literally shipped a wreck as it took a unique piece of cargo from Southampton to London.
The firm was commissioned to transport Yachting Monthly magazine’s Crash Test Boat from Hamble Point Marina to London’s ExCeL, where it will be proudly on display at the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show.
Throughout 2011 Yachting Monthly has run the Crash Test series, in which it has tested accepted textbook methods of coping with disasters at sea. The second-hand 40ft Jeanneau Sun Fizz 40 ketch has been capsized, holed below the waterline and dismasted in a bid to increase safety awareness among sailors.
The grand finale came in the form of a gas explosion, which saw the yacht blown-up with help from the Royal Navy off the coast of the Isle of Wight in October.
Yachting Monthly was keen to display the Jeanneau at the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show in a bid to further promote sea safety but first needed to find a boat transportation firm with the skill to carry out such a delicate job.
While to an outsider it may seem easier to transport a boat that is already damaged (after all there is little chance of a small scratch going noticed when the boat has been blown up), it is in fact a very delicate task.
Frank Dixie, Managing Director of PSP, said:
“When I first saw the footage of the yacht being blown up the last thing I expected was to be transporting it! Because the boat was so delicate, we had to be incredibly careful when lifting it from the hardstanding to the transport vehicle. One small mistake and the whole thing could have collapsed.”
“It has been a great honour to be involved in something that is spreading an important message about sea safety.”
With a full PSP team overseeing the loading, cranes were used to lift the yacht from the hardstanding at the marina onto a specialised trailer before the load was secured with lashing straps and covered to keep it safe.
The boat was then transported on its trailer by a Renault Magnum 430 Horsepower Integral truck to London ExCeL. The journey took approximately three hours and the truck was escorted as it was an abnormal load.
Paul Gelder, editor of Yachting Monthly, said:
“Having heard and indeed written about the good work PSP has done over the years in transporting some of the best brands in the business, we knew it was the best-placed company to carry out this important task for us.
“As expected, PSP delivered the yacht safely and on time and it now means we are able to highlight the importance of sea safety to thousands of sailors.
Once the yacht has completed its run at the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show it will be transported by PSP to Lowestoft, where it will be worked on by students at the International Boat Building Training College.