Benetti has definitively stated that the fire which occurred on near-complete FB261 on 20 August, has no links in its cause to that which took place at the yard on 15 February.

The cause of the former was a freak electrical storm, whilst the cause of the latter was not immediately clear, although it caused minimal damage when compared to that incurred by FB261.

Following the 20 August incident the Azimut Benetti Group’s CEO, Vincenzo Poerio said that the builder would work to introduce measures that would minimise a recurrence. "The sense of responsibility and the passion of the Benetti team, will make us learn from such an extreme case and reinforce the team commitment, to continue to build as we did in the last 140 years beautiful Benetti's sailing worldwide", he explained.

And speaking to SuperyachtNews.com on the possible link between the two incidents, which occurred just six months apart, a spokesperson for Benetti said:

“I can say that there is no link between the two fires. [The fire that occurred in] February was on a yacht under construction and [incurred] minimal damage.”

The spokesperson reiterated the yard’s commitment to understand exactly what triggered the August fire, and how any repeat could be avoided. The revered Italian superyacht builder will also be holding a press conference at the Cannes Boat Show where the incident, and the measures introduced since, will be discussed in detail.


The damage caused by the fire on 20 August was triggered by a freak electrical storm.


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