A 23.7 metre Azimut 78 Flybridge model is being removed from Lammermoor Beach in Yeppoon, Queensland after it washed up on the shore on May 11. The yacht is thought to have foundered as the result of a heavy storm, which removed it from its anchorage.
According to the local government authorities, the salvage operation will be completed by May 27. Work began on May 24, with photos showing the yacht’s superstructure being removed as part of the operation.
Maritime Safety Queensland stepped in to take legal responsibility of the stricken yacht on May 20, after concerns emerged that the yacht would create environmental issues along the beach and surrounding coastlines.
The vessel’s registration and insurance status is being investigated by local authorities.
“There is no pollution from the vessel, which had little or no fuel or other pollutants onboard when it grounded and sank,” said Brittany Lauga, local MP.
“Pollution booms are on site and ready to be deployed if necessary, but we do not consider there is sufficient risk to the environment to do so at present.”
She added that she and her team had been working closely with Marine Safety Queensland and local government authorities to “minimise pollution, clean up debris and keep the public safe.”
Launched in 1995, the Azimut yacht was built in GRP and offered accommodation for up to 12 guests in four cabins. She was equipped with twin MTU engines.