The 13 biggest superyacht disasters of 2016

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The One and Barbie catch fire

While 2016 will be regarded as a strong year for new superyacht arrivals, there is no denying that there were also a number of major superyacht disasters that made headlines across the world. We take a look back at the 13 most damaging calamities to befall the superyacht community in 2016.

Foremost of these is the fire at Marmaris marina that devastated two prominent superyachts on January 4. The blaze is understood to have originated on board the 70.68 metre Lürssen yacht The One at around 0200 local time before spreading to a neighbouring vessel, the 52 metre Al Jadaf superyacht Barbie.

Insurance firm Hiscox has since paid out $20m to the owner of Barbie. Paul Miller, director of marine underwriting, said it was the largest superyacht claim that the insurance industry had dealt with in a long time.

Mr Miller confirmed that investigations into the cause of the fire were still ongoing but despite this, the claim involving Barbie was clear cut. “The boat caught fire, it rolled over, it was a total loss,” he said.

However, The One is still in a sorry state 11 months on from this devastating fire, with her superstructure almost completely gutted. Local reports suggests that her hull will most likely be sold for scrap.

Picture: Eliad Hagiladi / Yacht Marine Management and Brokerage

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