Yacht Accident Stories
Thursday March 30, 2017



Read more ...On January 4th 2016 the motor yachts The One and Barbie were damaged in a fire in Marmaris, Turkey. The fire apparently started around 2 am on The One and then spread to the yacht Barbie.

Read more ...There was no party for the mega yacht called “RockStar” Ex "Blind Date" from Trinity Yachts after a drawbridge unexpectedly came down on the passing vessel. Chopper 4 was over the scene as the ship was being towed from Fort Lauderdale to Miami.

Read more ...A fire this morning, June 19, has destroyed the 102-foot (31m) expedition-style M/Y Polar Bear built by Citadel Yachts. The fire began while the yacht was undergoing regular maintenance at the Marine Group Boat Works shipyard in Southern California.

Read more ...The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has released a report following the death of the assistant engineer on board the 43m motoryacht Calliope in Sydney Harbour last year.

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The fire took place while the 65 m Feadship Callisto was by anchor. Nobody was injured, the fire was quickly contained by a well trained crew.

Read more ...A Super Puma of the Greek Air Force came to the rescue of a French luxury yacht, in perdition, in the Aegean Sea. Some details about this rescue has been provided by the Greek military.

Read more ...M/Y Addiction (52m Amels) was by anchor off Beaulieu-sur-Mer (France) when a fire started in the mast during the night of the 20th May 2011.

Read more ...  6th May 2011
A 112-foot (34m) Sunseeker was destroyed by fire Friday 6th May 2011 evening at Poole Quay in Dorset, England.
The cause of the fire is unknown and the fire service has launched an investigation.

Read more ...(Photo Credit Chanat Katanyu / Bangkok Post)
    10th December 2010
Due to reasons as yet unknown the 60 metre Motor Yacht Fox 

Read more ...(Photo: Chris Sheldrake)
    October 2010
The 140-foot classic yacht Maha burned to her steel hull when she caught fire in a refit yard near Bodrum, Turkey,


     Around Year 1965
Around year 1965, the Carinthia V rammed a rock, which wasn't mentioned in the map,

     23rd November 1987
Three Denison yachts sunk. The first to sink was the 32 m For Your Eyes Only, the yacht left Hillsboro Beach, FL for a short trip to the Bahamas.

Unfortunately a professional diver died in Palma de Majorca while working under the Motor yacht Lady Moura,

Read more ...     3rd September 1995
A very unfortunate story regarding the motor yacht Maridome. The information come from a court case and a judgment from the  US 9th Circuit  Court

Read more ...     8th July 1996
The motor yacht Princess Tanya survived distress at sea some 40 miles off Portofino (Italy). On board were 10 guests and 17 crew members.

Read more ...     June 1997
Nadine was built in 1961 by Witsen & Vis in Holland for fashion icon Coco Chanel with a length of 37 metres.

     19th November 1999
The motor yacht "Destiny Langkawi is easily towed by the salvage combination consisting of Wijsmuller Salvage BV and

Read more ...     Around 2000
The 164' Benetti Golden Cell was stranded in middle of night off the entrance to Princess Louisa Inlet in British Columbia.

Read more ...     22nd February 2000
Navy rescues crew of sinking cruiser By Terri Judd
A Royal Navy destroyer rescued the crew of a motor cruiser that sank in

Read more ...     2nd August 2000
At 05H30 the MY Ontario reported that she had run aground in Lat. 36° 31' N - Long. 27° 52' E and that she was experiencing

Read more ...     7th September 2000
Auriga, a 34m-Baglietto, crashed into the port side of catamaran ferry Milenium at 21H31 at 39° 32' N and 2° 21'E,

Read more ...     2001
The motor Yacht Tigre d'Or again suffered an accident. In rough sea in the Biscaya, the gangway door at the stern sprang open.

     13th April 2001
The 36 m Azimut Frostys Sleigh rammed and sank a 13 m dive boat and then proceeded to crash into a bridge.

     23rd June 2002
The yacht John John struck a sailing ship at full speed. It happened off Esterel Montains (between Cannes and St Raphael, France).

Read more ...     March 2003
Al Mansur, the Saddam Hussein's yacht sunk at the end of March. Al Mansur was on a River, to moor her far from the coasts.

Read more ...     8th June 2003
The Feadship Blue Moon suffered a fire on June 8th while in Newport, RI. The fire started because of an electrical problem over the main salon's ceiling.

Read more ...     July 2003
Katana suffered fire on her top aft deck, supposed to be caused by the electric lights. It was extinguished by the crew.

     August 2003
The motor yacht Saharet burned in the harbour of Beaulieu-sur-Mer (France). Built in 1971, from Lavagna Admiral shipyard, about 30 meters.

Read more ...     18th October 2003
Apparently the motor yacht Picante, a 123' Christensen built in 1999, sunk off Palma de Mallorca on Saturday 18th of October.

Read more ...5th April 2004
Millions of dollars spent converting a former British navy vessel into a luxury motoryacht went up in flames today at Port Nelson.

Read more ...     9th August 2005
Land's End went onto rocks off Corsica (Sagone Gulf) the August 9. Partly submerged by the bow, the yacht sank completely the August 12.

Read more ...     29th July 2007
The 30 metre long Lady Candida was completely caught by a fire. The fire started at 16H30.


Read more ...     6th April 2010
First Mate/Chef Sue of M/Y Andrea V sent us these photos of a boat that burned to the waterline about 1.5 miles due east of Cape Florida.

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Questions of the Month

- Why an additional paragraph social media policy should be added to the crew contract ?

- Why many experienced captains are never given a chance to get a position on a 30+ m ?

- What is really covering your yacht crew member insurance ?

- During the season, is there enough time for safety drills and training ?

- Can Captains count on duty crew members at dock in case of emergency ?



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