June 6, 2024

Super Yacht Australia Runs Aground Again

The 56 meter Benetti super yacht Australia ran aground for the second time in less to eight months, ending on a sand bank in Wave Break Island, Gold Coast Broadwater, Australia at about 18:00 hours of sixth June.  Australia was assisted by a tug boat and freed at about 2000 hours of the same evening returning to the Southport Yacht Club marina from where it departed.  According to undisclosed reports Australia ran aground when it's captain was doing a channel route exercise in order to be able to do the same route pilot free.  After the grounding Australia is reported to have damaged one of its fin stabilizers.  M/y Australia ran aground just over seven months ago in Sentosa, Singapore on the afternoon of sixteen October 2023.
Australia is the last of four semi-custom Stefano Natucci designed Benetti 56M, delivered in 2012.  The current owner is Australian mining magnate Clive Palmer who has owned her since 2021.

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