From military destroyers to luxury yachts, here's how ships are transported from one port to the next.
We’ve written about the supply chain for provisions on cruise ships and chartered yachts, but what happens when it’s the boat itself that needs to be transported? While most ships travel from harbor to harbor all by themselves, some need a little help reaching their destination. Not every boat owner, for example, has the time to sail their newly-purchased yacht from its country of origin to their personal dock. And much like when a car breaks down and needs to be towed, damaged vessels need a way of making it back to port, too.
So what’s a ship in need of shipping to do? While there’s no one definitive answer, here are a few solutions that supply chain logisticians have developed over the years: