- Fleet - Fire in Phuket

By SuperyachtNews

Fire in Phuket

A 34-metre sailing yacht caught ablaze yesterday whilst it was unmanned and anchored in Thailand…

Image Credit: Royal Thai Navy

Thai officials are investigating the cause of a fire that engulfed the 34-metre sailing yacht Obsession II whilst moored in Chalong Bay, Phuket yesterday (20 May) afternoon.

Originally delivered in 2002 as the flagship yacht of French yard CIM, Obsession II was being used as a charter vessel when the fire occurred.

No injuries have been reported from the incident, although its mast has been completely destroyed in the blaze.

According to the Bangkok Post, the alarm was raised by the Royal Thai Navy around 15:00 local time, which sent two boats to the scene. The Navy reported the Obsession was unmanned, anchored and “continuously burning”. Allegedly, the crew had gone ashore to buy supplies at the time the fire broke out.

The yacht burned of almost four hours before firefighters finally got it under control. Firefighting efforts initially focussed on using the onboard extinguishing equipment, before being forced to leave the yacht for their own safety.

The full extent of the damage is currently being assessed, whilst the cause of the fire is currently unknown. 

CIM 2003 2003 Delivered
34.20m 8.05m 3.20m 195

Join the discussion

Fire in Phuket


To post comments please Sign in or Register

When commenting please follow our house rules

Click here to become part of The Superyacht Group community, and join us in our mission to make this industry accessible to all, and prosperous for the long-term. We are offering access to the superyacht industry‚Äôs most comprehensive and longstanding archive of business-critical information, as well as a comprehensive, real-time superyacht fleet database, for just £10 per month, because we are One Industry with One Mission. Sign up here.

Related news

Image for Fire ravages Croatian marina

Fire ravages Croatian marina

Over 20 boats have been destroyed in a blaze that ravaged a Croatian marina in the early hours of Wednesday morning


Image for Blaze at Merrill Stevens Shipyard

Blaze at Merrill Stevens Shipyard

Firefighters fought for over an hour to extinguish a fire that has destroyed a 24-metre multihull in Miami


Image for Dubai Marina clear after unprecedented storm

Dubai Marina clear after unprecedented storm

Dubai Marina is now clear, while the UAE government has advised all citizens to remain at home during its most significant rain storm on record


Image for New superyacht refit facility opens in Thailand

New superyacht refit facility opens in Thailand

Phuket Superyacht Shipyard, catering to boats destined for Southeast Asia, now offers an expanded range of services


Image for Sanlorenzo secures Simpson Marine

Sanlorenzo secures Simpson Marine

The Italian shipbuilder has completed the purchase of a 95% majority share of the Hong Kong-based yacht broker, with the fee expected to rise


Image for Fire at Antalya shipyard

Fire at Antalya shipyard

An inferno at a Turkish shipyard has destroyed at least two yachts undergoing maintenance and two yachts under construction


Sign up to the SuperyachtNews Bulletin

Receive unrivalled market intelligence, weekly headlines and the most relevant and insightful journalism directly to your inbox.

The SuperyachtNews App

Follow us on