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Spotted: 63m Utopia IV towed to Miami following collision

20 January 2022• Written by Holly Overton

SUPERYACHT DIRECTORY

Motor Yacht

UTOPIA IV

Rossinavi ·  63 m ·  2018

The 63 metre superyacht Utopia IV, which was involved in a collision with a tanker on Christmas Eve, has been towed back to Miami as investigations into the incident continue.

The collision occurred on Christmas Eve at 10pm, approximately 15 miles north-northwest of New Providence Island. A statement by Maritime Management LLC said that Utopia IV “ rear-ended” a 49 metre gas tanker named Tropic Breeze. The force of the collision pierced the stern of the tanker, which caused it to sink to a depth of 2,000 metres.

Utopia IV in Nassau
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A representative confirmed that Utopia IV's owners, Loren and JR Ridinger, were out of the country when the collision occurred and that the yacht was on charter. In a statement, the pair said they were "terribly saddened" by the incident. "We are still waiting for answers ourselves and for the investigation as to both vessels’ actions leading up to the collision to be completed. We are grateful that there were no serious injuries on either vessel and that the other vessel’s cargo was non-persistent materials."

All seven crew members on board Tropic Breeze were uninjured and were rescued from the stricken vessel by a passing Feadship, named Amara, that responded to the distress call. 

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The damage sustained by Utopia IV has not been reported but a social media post shows a blow to the bow on the starboard side next to the anchor pocket. According to the Ministry of Transport and Housing, Utopia IV had begun to take on water shortly after the impact and was escorted to Prince George Wharf by the Harbour Patrol Unit.

The Port Department has begun a formal investigation into the incident and the Department of Environmental Health has started to conduct a review to assess the environmental impact of the sunken vessel. 

Utopia IV was built by Italian shipyard Rossinavi in 2018 and was listed for sale at the time of the collision. She can accommodate up to 12 guests in total with a crew of 13. 

A further statement from the owners' representative confirmed that an investigation was underway and no official report has been issued yet.

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