The biggest superyacht disasters from around the world

BOAT rounds up some of the most dramatic events to rock the superyacht industry, from yacht fires to crashes.

Reine d'Azur destroyed by fire

Credit: Préfecture Maritime de la Méditerranée

The 29 metre Sanlorenzo superyacht Reine d'Azur was left "almost completely destroyed" in a fire west of French island Port-Cros in August 2021. Teams from the French Navy and national society of sea rescuers attended the scene and safely evacuated the 10 people on board. All that remained of the yacht was the hull, which was towed away while the owner was consulted on how to proceed. 

Perini Navi sailing yacht Malizia runs aground

The iconic 24.2 metre Perini Navi sailing yacht Malizia was filmed grounded on rocks on the Italian island of Stromboli in summer 2021. The yacht, which can be seen 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.

Video: Riccardo Ciciriello

Sailing yacht Phocea sinks after fire

The 75 metre sailing yacht Phocea, the ninth largest sailing yacht in the world, sank in February 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. 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.

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CNL Liguri Motor Yacht Pamela IV Catches Fire in Sanremo

In February 2020, shocking footage showed the 60 year old 30.57 metre CNL Liguri motor yacht Pamela IV on fire at the Di Mola shipyard in the Port of Sanremo. Drone footage posted by Riviera24 showed the extent of the damage, with the blackened Pamela IV still smoking the next day. 

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.

Cargo Ship Carrying Superyachts Lists in Palma

In 2020, a semi-submersible cargo ship carrying give superyachts unexpectantly listed in the port of Palma de Mallorca. The vessel listed after an electrical failure caused ballast water to move from port to starboard, causing “minor damage” to the yachts on board. Two tugboats were called to assist the vessel from the listing was reduced.

Fire breaks out on board 48m superyacht Lady MM

A the 48 metre superyacht Lady MM in 2020. The yacht was reported to have been travelling from Capri to Porto Cervo in Sardinia when the fire broke out. Footage captured below shows the extent of the fire from the Birdseye view.

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Benetti Yacht Andiamo Catches Fire in Miami

Image courtesy of Miami Fire Rescue

In December 2019, dramatic images began appearing on social media showing the 36.6-metre Benetti superyacht Andiamo captured on fire and capsized at Island Gardens Marina in Miami. Miami Fire and Rescue were called to the scene and brought the fire under control within two hours. No other boats were damaged and no injuries were reported.

Two Superyachts Damaged in Fort Lauderdale Shipyard Fire

Tragedy struck in November 2019 when a raging fire broke out at the Universal Marine Centre shipyard in Fort Lauderdale. The 32.6 metre Christensen superyacht Reflections and 49 metre Trinity superyacht Lohengrin were badly damaged. Both were understood to have been undergoing maintenance and refit work at the time. The investigation into what caused the fire is now underway however firefighters believe the fire began on one yacht and was spread by high winds.

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