January 8, 2023

Super Yacht Collides with Sint Marteen Simpson Bridge

M/y Baca a 43 meter super yacht under Cayman Islands flag collided with the bridge entrance to Simpson Bay in Sint Marteen at about 1700 hours of eight January.  Baca hit the bridge controlling boot on the way into Simpson bay damaging its fore-bow starboard side in the collision.  According to the Simpson Bay Lagoon Authority which manages the bridge, the booth suffered damage to its structure and its wiring, with it being not operational till 0830 hours of the following morning.  No one was injured in the accident, with the wind being a possible cause of the accident.  The extent of the damage to the yacht has not been reported.
M/y Baca the yacht in this accident is a Danish build Royal Denship 143 model delivered in 2008 as m/y Triple 8.  Designed by Diana from Holland with interior by Michela Reverberi, this Royal Denship 143 semi-series was delivered in just another unit, with the second hull number delivered in 2009.  Royal Denship was a group of six shipyards; Aarhus, Assens, Danyard, Fayard, and Tuco which went bankrupt in April 2009.
This accident bridge impact is a near identical repeat to the one in December 2019 when super yacht Ecstasea the 86 meter Feadship hull #790 collided with the bridge boot.  The boot had a worse impact that time, totally destroyed in the collision.

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