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Two Superyachts Damaged in Fort Lauderdale Shipyard Fire

18 November 2019 • Written by Miranda Blazeby

Two multi-million-pound superyachts have been seriously damaged after a 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 are both understood to have been undergoing maintenance and refit work at the time of the fire.

The city fire marshal said the fire broke out at around 4.43am on Saturday morning, with reports of loud explosions waking up residents.

Fire fighters from Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue, together with the Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue, brought the fire under control despite facing a number of challenges including limited water and limited access.

It is understood firefighters are now removing the shrink-wrapped scaffolding surrounding the two yachts and the investigation into the cause of the fire is due to begin. Firefighters currently believe the fire began on one yacht and was spread by high winds onto the second.

The Christensen superyacht Reflections was delivered in 1997 and was designed by Setzer Yacht Architects and Paragon Design.

Lohengrin meanwhile was delivered in 2006 by Trinity Yachts and was designed by Geoff Van Aller, with an interior design by Scott Carpenter.

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