Images of a fire on board Feadship’s 65m superyacht Callisto have initiated discussions on the level of safety training for crew. The images, sent to, were taken over the festive period and whilst damage is evident, the images suggest the fire and, from what the images propose, external damage was contained.

Steve Monk, managing director of safety training provider Da Gama Maritime, shared his views of the incident with “I’ve gleaned some intelligence from other sources about what happened but as neither are confirmed from the yacht I don’t want to speculate. Albeit, what looks to have happened is [there was] a good response from the crew to put the fire out quickly and stop it spreading, while at the same time protecting the remained of the yacht from the heat which was no doubt generated.”

It is rare to find examples of well-contained superyacht fires, as this example seems to demonstrate, and during a time that has seen crew training and crew quality come under fire, so to speak, this incident is a great supporter of the current school of crew safety training – that is, the STCW 95 fire prevention and fire fighting as well as continuous on-board training – and it is the latter that the industry is praising in the aftermath of the Callisto fire.

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Callisto in the aftermath of the fire. Credit: Alan Peacock.