Blaze sinks motor yacht Siempre


A 35m motor yacht, Siempre has caught fire and sunk whilst moored in the port of Olbia in northern Sardinia. The blaze broke out last night (5 September) and whilst all four crew have been accounted for the vessel is presumed a total loss.

Vessel recovery operations are currently underway, and environmental protection measures have been deployed, with booms in place to contain the spread of oil pollutants.

Reports suggest that fire fighting efforts lasted around three hours, with a statement from the Vigili del Fuoco reporting; “Last night there has been an intervention by the firemen in the port of Olbia, Provence of Sassari, for private vessel fire, with no fatalities reported. The area’s safety procedures are being implemented with nautical and diving specialists coming from Porto Torres”.

Launched in 2010 as Ceylan at the Turkish shipyard Tansu Yachts, Siempre had a length of 35.2m and a max beam of 7.4m. Its twin Catapiller C32’s and twin Northern Lights generators were paired with  42,000L fuel capacity. It is unknown how much diesel was onboard at the time of the fire nor the potential environmental impact on the region.