24 Jun 2013
'White Cloud' captain faces legal charges
By Lulu Trask | Other articles by this author
The ex-captain of Feadship’s 65m superyacht White Cloud is the subject of a legal
investigation pertaining to the damage of coral reefs in the Turks and
Caicos islands – coincidently within a matter of weeks a similar occurrence took
place surrounding superyacht Milk and Honey. SuperyachtNews.com spoke exclusively with the ex-captain of White Cloud (who was captain at the time of the incident and has asked not to be named while the investigation is ongoing) about the details of the investigation.
65m motoryacht anchored in the Turks and Caicos islands on 28 March, in
an area which the ex-captain was informed to be the “preferred large yacht
anchorage” on the North West side of Providenciales. The yacht’s anchor
dragged due to high winds. Subsequently, damage to the surrounding
coral reef and sea bed occurred. On 1 April the yacht’s anchorage was
reported by the Department of Environment and Maritime Affairs (DEMA). According to other media reports, Kathleen Woods, director of DEMA, has accused the captain of lacking the permit to anchor in the region.
captain is facing four charges, three of which pertain to the damaging
of the coral and sea bed in the Turks and Caicos islands (above)
initially faced the yacht’s engineer, as well as its then-captain, but since then
the charges against the yacht’s engineer have been dropped. The ex-captain
faces four charges: one concerning anchoring a vessel over 60 feet
outside of the National Park Authorities Commission; the other three
charges relate to damaging the coral and the sea bed.
At the time of the incident, White Cloud
had one engine out of operation and this is the reason why the yacht's then-captain claimed he would not move the boat, having been asked to do so by DEMA. “Myself, the first officer and the
engineer decided that if wind was anything above fifteen knots it would
be unsafe to move the boat,” explained the captain. When
the yacht was asked to move by DEMA, the captain highlighted this and
referred to the authority of a yacht’s master as outlined in SOLAS. The
winds on the day of the incident were above a consistent 20 knots and
gusting as high as 32 knots, said the ex-captain.
has since been in discussions with Woods,
in a bid to improve the situation and help repair any damage done. “I
went into the meeting and said, ‘We know there has been some damage
caused and we deeply regret that’s happened; and we want to work with
you to help fix or remedy it,’” the captain told SuperyachtNews.com.
However, speaking with SuperyachtNews.com, the captain of White Cloud
was adamant that better systems need to be in place to stop these types
of incidents happening again, as it did in such quick success with
superyacht Milk and Honey. “Obviously there is going to be a fine on me
at some stage, and I said if possible I’d like some of the funds to go
towards better publications and information for visiting yachtsmen about
anchorage and clearing, and also to establishing large vessel mooring
seals so that we don’t have to anchor.”
White Cloud is a 65m Feadship
The yacht's owners were not on board at the time of the incident and White Cloud is now under a new captain who has no involvement in the investigation.
Our Superyacht Management Meeting: Environment and MARPOL is taking place on 25 June in Barcelona. To register for the event please email Suzie at firstname.lastname@example.org or click here to register online. You can call the Events team for more information on +44 (0)207 924 4004.
Add a comment
Other Business News
The discounted offer on The Superyacht Intelligence Annual Report ends in 72 hours, buy your copy now! More
Christensen shipyard remains closed, and despite attempted correspondence from SuperyachtNews.com, there is still no clarification on its status. However, more details have emerged in local media reports. More
With the introduction of the UAE Yacht Code (TASNEEF), and developments at the second Dubai Mare Forum, could the region have the potential to become a 'centre for excellence'? More
Fabio Boschi has been installed as the new chairman of the Perini Navi Group, replacing founder Fabio Perini, who becomes honorary chairman. More
Superyacht Intelligence Data
Professional Integrated Navigation Systems based on cutting-edge technology and decades of experience. Ultimate knowledge and flexibility in system integration. Dedicated customer care throughout the whole project and beyond.
ASEA POWER SYSTEMS
ASEA POWER SYSTEMS is the Marine Industry Leader for Shore Power Conversion equipment ranging in power from 8kVA - 1000kVa.
Ocean World Marinas
Ocean World Marina is the only full-service marina located between the heavily traveled Florida/Bahamas area and the Puerto Rico/Eastern Caribbean region.
Evac designs, manufactures and markets environmentally friendly vacuum toilet and wastewater treatment systems for the yacht and shipbuilding industry. With the latest advanced technical innovations we provide quality, reliability and design.
is the leading online portal provider of career and recruitment resources for professionals in the superyacht industry. This includes yachts as well as shore-based companies. Take control of your recruitment and advertise your jobs direct to 30,000+ registered crew, 23,000+ unique monthly visitors and 10,000+ social media followers.