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The biggest superyacht disasters in the world


January 18, 2022

The biggest superyacht disasters in the world

From devastating fires to shocking crashes, BOAT rounds up the worst superyacht disasters from around the world.

Perini Navi sailing yacht Malizia runs aground

Malizia aground on Stromboli

The iconic 24.2 metre Perini Navi sailing yacht Maliziaran aground on rocks on the Italian island of Stromboli in summer 2021. The yacht, which was half submerged in the water, was on charter at the time of the incident, according to reports, with five guests and three crew on board. Local media reported that the captain attempted to intentionally run the yacht aground following control malfunctions.

Sailing yacht Phocea sinks after fire

Phocea superyacht fire

The 75 metre sailing yacht Phocea, previously the ninth largest sailing yacht in the world, sank in February 2021 after catching fire off the coast of Malaysia. The yacht caught fire in strong wind conditions, which exacerbated the blaze. According to reports, the coastguard was able to control the fire but the damage to the hull was too severe and caused the yacht to sink.

Turquoise superyacht Go collides with Sint Maarten dock

The 77 metre Turquoise flagship Go was filmed colliding with the dock of the Sint Maarten yacht club in the Caribbean in February 2020. The yacht crashed into the dock as it was leaving Simpson Bay Lagoon from its berth in Ile de Sol Marina. It was reported that the collision was caused by a computer malfunction on board, according to local newspaper The Daily Herald.

Svea Collides With Topaz During the Superyacht Challenge Antigua

In March 2020, we saw the shocking collision between the J-Class sailing yachts Svea and Topaz during the Superyacht Challenge Antigua. The 43.6 metre Svea was captured on video riding over the stern of the 42.6 metre Topaz, resulting in the injuries of three crew members. A report into the incident undertaken by the J Class Association later found Svea responsible for failing to keep clear as the port tack boat.

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source: Boat International