An eye-catching shipment was the transport of five racing yachts for the round the world Volvo Ocean Race. Due to the piracy threat in the Indian Ocean, the Race Organisation decided to have the yachts shipped across the Indian Ocean instead. The transport itself had to be kept secret until the racing yachts had returned to safer waters.
The yachts had to be shipped with minimum delay. Therefore, they were handled and shipped with their masts up, which made them very fragile and very high; their total height was 37 metres. Sevenstar Yacht Transport, being the expert in yacht transportation, together with BigLift developed a lifting method so that the yachts could be lifted in a single hook operation without the mast touching the cargo ship’s cranes, hook or jib. With the impressive lifting height of the Happy D class, the yachts could be handled without interference with the masts. Happy Diamond was brought in position to take the yachts safely across the Indian Ocean and crucially, without delay.