The 40m motoryacht Kanga caught fire on Friday morning while situated between the Croatian islands of Olipa and Mali Vratnik, north of Dubrovnik. According to local reports, all 13 people on board at the time of the incident – including nine guests and four crewmembers – were successfully evacuated from the vessel.
Firefighters are still working to try and extinguish the fire on the yacht. There are said to be about 40 tonnes of diesel remaining in the yacht’s tanks, and the local maritime authorities have ordered an eco-vessel to attend the scene and minimise any damage.
“Competent services are monitoring the scene of the maritime accident, which has been timely secured for the purpose of extinguishing the fire and preventing possible pollution of the sea and marine environment,” the Croatian Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure has announced. “At present, all activities are aimed at extinguishing the fire and attempting to prevent the sinking of the motoryacht due to fire damage. The causes of the maritime accident will be identified as part of an investigation that will be carried out by the Dubrovnik Port Authority.”
Kanga was launched in May, 2018 by Italian yard CCN. The project was allegedly commissioned by an experienced American owner with the build of the project starting in January 2016. The yacht was designed by Floating Life and Studio Sculli.
SuperyachtNews.com will keep readers updated on any news regarding the cause of the fire as soon as it comes to light.
Update (09.09.18): CCN shipyard has issued a statement following the incident: "[We] learnt with regret about the fire occurred onboard of MY Kanga in Dubrovnik. The causes for the fire are still unknown but we are glad no effects have occurred to people or to the environment. Since the very beginning CCN has given its full support and cooperation to the qualified authorities for all checks to be carried out."
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