Superyacht hits pier and destroys sailboat in Leuca harbor


File image courtesy of Blue Magic

Posted on Jul 24, 2019 8:14 PM by

The maritime executive

Tuesday evening, the superyacht Blue Magic lost control and struck a jetty at the port of Santa Maria di Leuca, a popular tourist destination in southern Italy. A sailboat crashed between the quay and the Magic bow.

No one was injured in the alliion as the sailboat was unoccupied at the time of impact. An initial assessment by Italian authorities indicates that a fault in the yacht’s electronic propulsion control system was likely the root cause of the accident. Upon boarding, the PSC inspectors noted that the Blue Magic had several gaps in her papers and was temporarily detained, according to local media. Its AIS signal showed it moored in port on Wednesday evening.

The 47-meter superyacht Heesen Blue Magic (former name Grand Mak) operates on charter trips from the south of France, according to yacht charter listings. It was built in 1998 and underwent a complete overhaul in 2018; it has a full spa area, a new minimalist interior and a range of water toys. It can accommodate up to 12 people and nine crew members and can accommodate up to 150 for dockside receptions. Her listed charter rate is approximately $ 170,000 per week.


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