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Supply Ship Rams and Sinks Luxury Yacht

The supply vessel lost control as it maneuvered into the luxury sailing yacht (Photos courtesy Port Tarragona)

Posted on June 14, 2022 7:15 PM by

The Maritime Executive

An offshore supply vessel operating as a rescue vessel reportedly suffered a mechanical failure while maneuvering to leave, causing it to back into a luxury sailing yacht moored in the marina. The sailboat, which was among the top 1,000 luxury yachts valued at over $7 million, soon began to take on water and sink.

According to reports from officials at the port of Tarragona in Spain, the salvage vessel Punta Mayor had begun its maneuver just after 8 a.m. local time on June 10, when its engines stalled in reverse. The captain attempted to disengage the engines and drop the ship’s two anchors, but this was not enough to overcome the inertia of the 1,200 dwt vessel. The video shows the moment of impact.

The sailboat was the Eleanor E, but in 2000 in the Netherlands and a replica of a famous vintage racing yacht from 1910. She is approximately 162 feet in length with 12,000 square feet of sails on two gaff masts. On board there are luxury accommodations for eight passengers and the vessel would operate with a crew of nine. It is not known if there was anyone on board, but they report that there were no injuries.

The hull of Eleanor E is made of steel with a wooden superstructure. The hull was unable to withstand the force of the impact, which would have caused it to hole amidships. Local authorities rushed to put barriers around the ship as they determined it was impossible to stabilize it before it sank in the harbour. The problem was that when fully loaded, the ship carried 9,000 liters of fuel. However, they report that there was no fuel pollution during the sinking.

Eleanor E would be for sale with Bernard Gallery Yacht Brokerage featuring her with an asking price of around $7.2 million. Additionally, she was offered for rent at approximately $73,000 per week.

The Port Authority reports that rescue operations are underway to recover the yacht. They expect it to be refloated by the end of this week.