Plans for first US facility designed and built for vessels over 60 meters and hosting the world’s largest boat lift

With the 30-year US$33 million contract in hand, Derecktor Shipyards is detailing big plans for its megayacht yard at the Port of Fort Pierce, Florida, intending to be the first US facility designed and built for vessels over 60 meters and hosting the world’s largest boat lift.

Derecktor Fort Pierce will be accessible directly from the Atlantic Ocean through the Fort Pierce inlet with no overhead obstructions and an 8-meter maintained depth. Over 8 acres of concrete apron will provide more than 1000 feet of deep-water dockage and existing structures on the property will all be refitted with the necessary machinery and equipment.

The operation will haul vessels using both a drydock and mobile lift, the latter with a planned 1.500-ton capacity, making it the world’s largest and expected to be operational in the autumn of 2020. The dry dock, which will become operational following the lift should accommodate vessels up to 4,000 tons, making it available to the majority of the world’s largest yachts.

“This is a big day in the history of our company,” said Derecktor president Paul Derecktor. “This yard lets us bring in a whole new range of boats. It’s a new market for us and, in large part, a new market for the U.S. We see great things ahead for Derecktor, for Fort Pierce and for the people of St. Lucie County.”