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Dubai targets megayachts with world's largest mobile boat hoist

Dubai: Dubai Maritime City announces that it has successfully assembled and functionally tested the world's largest mobile boat hoist, the only other examples of which are to be found in Spain and Italy. The hoist, which weighs 300 tonnes and is capable of lifting 720-tonne boats, will be load-tested in early August 2008, after which it will be fully operational in October of the same year.

The hoist took a year to build in Italy and was assembled in 45 days in Dubai with the assistance of Italian industrial lifting equipment specialist Ascom. The lifting equipment will complement Dubai Maritime City's two ship lifts as it will concentrate on the handling of smaller crafts, particularly mega yachts. To be operated by local shipyard Drydocks World-Dubai, the hoist can be operated manually or through remote control and can be turned in all angles.

"Positioning dedicated equipment for our small-craft clients further focuses our services while speeding up and enhancing our overall boat handling capacity. The addition of this record-breaking hoist affirms our commitment to becoming the premier maritime hub in the region and a preferred global port for some of the most unique shipping services in the world," said Ali Al Daboos, Chief Operating Officer, Dubai Maritime City. [07/07/08]

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