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Delicate manoeuvre as superyacht is loaded onto heavy-lift vessel

Eyleen Gomez

The superyacht, Odyssey II, was loaded onto the semi-submersible heavy-lift vessel Rolldock Sun on April 6 for transportation to a shipyard in Northern Europe, where she is due to undergo cosmetic work, unable to be completed in any Mediterranean shipyard due to lockdowns.

The vessel was loaded onto the heavy-lift ship for the journey to the yard because she did not have sufficient crew on board to make the journey under her own steam, as most of her crew returned to their home countries due to border closures.

The 74-metre luxury yacht, which usually is chartered at a cost of 800,000 euros per week during peak summer season, has been in Gibraltar since March 19, 2020.

On Monday morning, the Rolldock Sun opened up its rear doors, flooding its cargo hold and allowing the yacht to be manoeuvred on board.

Once on the heavy lift vessel, the rear doors and were closed and the ballast tanks emptied, bringing the Rolldock Sun into normal buoyancy.

Built in 2017, the Odyssey II can accommodate 12 guests and 22 crew members.

Across her five decks, guests can avail themselves of a spa with a hair salon, indoor and outdoor cinemas, a fully equipped gym, glass floored swimming pool, water toys and a helipad as well as other facilities.

EDITOR’S NOTE: An earlier version of this article stated incorrectly that the Odyssey II had major engine problems, hence the need for transportation on a heavy-lift vessel. The article was corrected on April 8.

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