The lifting equipment is intended to complement Dubai Maritime City’s two ship lifts. It will concentrate on the handling of smaller craft, particularly megayachts. The hoist can be operated manually or through remote control and can be turned through 360°.

“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.

The functional testing of the machinery included right and left steering, lifting, and lowering. The new hoist has an average life of 150,000 small watercraft handling cycles, with each working cycle involving boat lifting; lay up location positioning; sling lifting; moving to next lift location, and preparing for the next load.

“Drydocks World – Dubai [the hoist’s operator] is looking to expand the range of services to the small and medium sized vessel owners through its dedicated facility at Dubai Maritime City. The new hoist will definitely add to our capability in handling smaller vessels especially yachts, which is a market that we are focused on tapping into with added zeal,” said Nawal Saigal, managing director of Drydocks World – Dubai.

Ascom makes 17 different models of standard boat hoists, with capacities ranging from 25t–900t. It also makes a range of amphibious boat hoists, and various other types of gantry crane.