19 Oct 2011
38.2m Sunchaser badly damaged by fire
The venerable 38.13m M/Y Sunchaser (ex Fifty One), launched in 1991 by Christensen Shipyards, was recently massively damaged by fire during a refit in Langkawi. The vessel had been in the Boustead Yachts Langkawi (BYL) in Bukit Malut, shipyard facility for 18 months for a protracted refit.
Nick Coombes of Asia Pacific Yacht Services in Langkawi told SuperyachtNews.com “the fire took place on 10/10/11 in the evening somewhere around 8pm in one of the paint sheds”. The vessel was in the yard's paint shed - the scope of the refit according to Coombes encompassed interior refit and a paint job. Coombes reported that there was some minor damage to the paint on an adjacent vessel but otherwise there was no damage to other vessels. He continued, saying that there was no one aboard the yacht at the time and there were no injuries, adding that there was no damage to the other parts of the yard facilities.
The fire was discovered by shipyard security personnel who
called the fire services. According to Malaysian news source Berita Harain
Online 53 firefighters attended the blaze and were required to stay there for
some 10 hours. That was eight hours beyond the point at which they brought the
fire under control, to ensure that re-ignition did not take place. The news
source continued to report that Superintendent of Fire and Rescue Department
Langkawi Zone, Ibrahim Mohd Yunus, said “the department received an emergency
call over the incident at 8:06 pm and despatched four fire engines and two 4WD
vehicles to the scene”.
It is believed that the fire started in the engine room area and rapidly spread throughout the interior, apparently sparing only the crew mess and areas forward of that spaces bulk head. Surveyors and insurance and owner’s representatives have been on-site. It is not known at this stage if the vessel is repairable or a total loss. Coombes commented “the damage was confined to the interior and that there was no apparent damage outside of the yacht”. However the yachts hull is composite so the degree of damage to the structural elements caused by the interior heat will have a profound effect on whether the vessel can be rebuilt or not. Coombes speculated that the yacht is likely to be removed from the shipyard within “a month or so”.
As of opening of business on 19 October the shipyard could not be reached for comment. If we are at able to speak to someone at the yard will update this report with their comments in due course.
Add a comment
Other Fleet News
Royal Huisman has launched 43.31m performance sloop 'Blue Papillon,' designed by German Frers and Rhoades Young. More
The 15th in Amels Limited Editions line, the 55m 'Engelberg', has been christened at Amels shipyard in Vlissingen. More
The Perini Navi Group has launched 60m ketch Seahawk (C.2193), the first yacht in their new generation 60m series, from their Viareggio shipyard. Mast stepping has also taken place. More
On 15 May the Horizon RP105 superyacht 'Agora' successfully completed her first sea trial in Kaohsiung Harbour. The Taiwanese superyacht measures 32m. More
Superyacht Intelligence Data
Nautic Crew International, Inc.
Nautic Crew Intl is a Crew placement company started by yachting professionals that truly care about your future crew because we understand the dynamics of life onboard. When it comes to hiring new crew or looking for a position, Experience the Difference!!
Reckmann Yacht Equipment GmbH
Reckmann Yacht Equipment GmbH is a specialist company for reefing systems, masts and hydraulics and will celebrate the 120th anniversary in 2012. Today, the company is one of the leading producers and traders of headsail reefing equipment and is a synonym for quality, continuity and innovation.
Helkama Bica Oy
Helkama is specializing in development and production of marine and offshore cables. Our experience in this field goes back more than thirty years. We produce only halogen free cables and the cable range include both flame-retardant and fire resistant cables. Helkama marine cables are approved by all major classification societies.
Bond TM is an independent consultancy company for AV, IT, communication, navigation and security systems. We manage new builds and refits projects for the most advanced super yachts and provide to the industry the best 24/7 IT support.
ASEA POWER SYSTEMS
ASEA POWER SYSTEMS is the Marine Industry Leader for Shore Power Conversion equipment ranging in power from 8kVA - 1000kVa.
For 40 years Pantaenius has been providing yacht insurance to yacht owners all over the world.