August 1, 2019

Super Yacht Fire in La Maddalena

A 34 meter super yacht has caught fire in North East Sardinia, in the archipelago of La Maddalena islands, near the island of Caprera on August 1 around 11:30 am.  The exact position of M/Y Princess Iluka was in the North of Caprera near the Punta Crocitta, and direction to Cala Napoletana.   The Coast Guard came immediately in the spot, led to safety the eleven passengers; six crew and five guests on-board and controlled the fire which resulted starting from the engine room due to a short circuit.  The passengers where taken to nearby Porto Massimo, with Princess Iluka later being towed in the same harbor.  The damage resulted limited due to the fast reaction of the crew and of the coast guard.
Princess Iluka is a 34.5 meter super yacht build of wood by Ray Kemp in 1979 and refitted to its current shape in 2010.  Another refit was made in 2018.  The current updated modern design comes from yacht designer Bernie Cohen and was applied in 2010.  This Ray Kemp 34.5 meter can accommodate ten guests in five cabins with six crew, and is powered by twin MTU which give top speeds up to 12 knots and a cruise of ten. 

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