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BWA Yachting relocated its Fort Lauderdale office from The Quay on 17th Street to Lauderdale Marine Center (LMC) this summer. The office is staffed by Mary Visser, managing director of Florida and Bahamas and Betsy Messenger, head of customer service for the region.

The global yacht agency offers vessel clearing, itinerary planning, transportation, provisioning, deliveries, local lifestyle information and more for captains, crew, owners, and guests.

“It’s easier for us to list what we don’t do,” Visser said during a tour of the facility in September. Although the company first opened its Fort Lauderdale office in 2007, the LMC location offers convenience for yachts in the area, she said. Visser worked for years as a stew and is an expert in the Bahamas.

“Mary works closely with captains,” said Laura Esteve, vice president of Americas for the company. “They’ll bring in their charts, and she can help with deep-draft navigation. She has created special itineraries for deep-draft vessels including pilotage for that area.”

Betsy Messenger, head of customer service
answers the phone at BWA Yachting’s office in Lauderdale Marine Center (LMC). Photo by Dorie Cox

Esteve is originally from Barcelona and is based in Barbados. She spearheaded yacht travel to the America’s Cup events last year in Bermuda and works closely with resources and facilities in the Caribbean.

The Fort Lauderdale office works closely with offices in West Palm Beach and Miami for vessels traveling in South Florida. Last October, BWA Yachting opened an office in Nassau at the John Alfred Dock ,which has 300 linear feet of dockage, Visser said.

BWA Yachting also has offices in the Mediterranean and Caribbean. For more information, visit bwayachting.com, email florida@bwayachting.com, call +1 954-635-2653 or stop by the office at 2019 S.W. 20th St., Suite 103 (33315).

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