A Belize-registered oil tanker operating in the Bahamas sank after being “hit by a 207-foot super yacht,” according to its operators Maritime Management of Miami. Details of the incident and the operation of the two ships are scarce, but the tanker company reports that the seven crew members were rescued without injury.
The 32-year-old M / T product tanker truck Tropical breeze departed New Providence Island in the Bahamas on December 24 and was bound for Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas. Great Stirrup Cay is a 268 acre island in the Berry Islands chain. It is owned by Norwegian Cruise Line, which operates it as a private beach party port for its cruise ships.
The tanker was carrying a cargo of “non-persistent materials, LPG, marine gas and automotive gas,” according to Maritime Management. The ship was approximately 15 miles northwest of New Providence when the collision with the super yacht occurred Utopia IV, an aluminum hull rental yacht operating in the Bahamas and Florida. The yacht can accommodate 12 passengers and normally has a crew of 13.
Apparently Utopia IV and Tropic Breeze… horrible situation felt by everyone involved.
– Brent Burrows II (@BBurrowsII) December 24, 2021
The 160-foot tanker is said to have “traveled under his watchful eye while in the stern,” Maritime Management said. The collision occurred just after 10:00 p.m. local time. “The catastrophic force of the collision pierced the stern of the tanker, sinking the tanker to the ocean floor to an estimated depth of 2,000 feet.”
the Utopia IV is a high-powered yacht designed and built by Italian Rossinavi in 2018. Italian designers report that the vessel is fitted with four lightweight Rolls Royce engines as well as four hydrojets, giving her a top speed of 33 knots and a average cruising speed of 26 knots. It is not known what the yacht’s speed was at the time of the collision and whether it was operating with passengers on a charter. The yacht is listed for sale at $ 51 million. He returned to the dock after the accident with visible damage to his bow.
Maritime Management thanked the Bahamian authorities for their support as well as another motor yacht, the M / Y Maya, who answered the tanker’s distress call and rescued the crew members.
The tanker has dropped to the bottom at a depth that operators have reported, meaning the vessel cannot be recovered safely. However, they said the fuel cargo was “lighter than water and would evaporate if exposed to surface air.”
Bahamian authorities are investigating the circumstances of the collision.