$7.2m yacht sinks after collision in a Spanish marina


Sailing yacht Elenora E sank to the bottom of Tarragona Marina, Spain on Friday (June 10th) after being struck by a reversing vessel. Despite local authorities’ attempts to save the vessel, it sank within 30 minutes of the collision. A cleanup operation has started.

The 162ft (49.50m) Elenora E, was moored in the northeastern Spanish town of Tarragona when the incident took place at 8:15 am local time. Port authorities reported on Twitter that the 197ft (60m) maritime rescue boat, Punta Mayor was reversing when its engines malfunctioned. The crew were unable to stop the vessel from moving despite turning off the engines and using two anchors.

It hit Eleonora E at the centre of the hull on its starboard side, creating a waterway that eventually caused the vessel to sink. Port authorities reported that a clean-up operation began shortly after the yacht became submerged to prevent the danger of fuel leakage to the rest of the marina. No one was injured during the incident.

The steel yacht was built by Dutch builders Van Der Graaf and delivered in 2000. Yacht brokers Edmiston previously listed the yacht for sale at $7.2m (€6.9m).


The vessel sank in the same marina where $600m (€573) Crescent is moored after being seized by Spanish authorities in March. Crescent is pictured top right, behind submerged Elenora E. The 442ft (135m) superyacht is linked to sanctioned Russians such as Igor Sechin, CEO, Rosneft, and managed by Imperial Yachts.

Image credit: Port Tarragona (@PortTarragona) / Twitter