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Sailboat Catches Fire at STP Shipyard in Palma, Mallorca
claire
Posted: Tuesday, February 2, 2010 4:21 PM
Joined: 01/05/2008
Posts: 12


Dockwalk has learnt of a fire breaking out on what is believed to be the Wally S/Y Il Sovereign (ex-Tiketitan) at the STP repair and maintenance shipyard in Palma de Mallorca this afternoon (Tuesday 2nd February 2010). Eyewitness Captain Kaj of M/Y CDTWO says it is believed the fire started today at around 1630 hours and word on the street is that it was a battery explosion. More news to follow as we receive it.

 

 


ash
Posted: Tuesday, February 2, 2010 4:48 PM
Joined: 29/03/2009
Posts: 5


The poor boat is still smoking, rig intact so not fallen and damaged any others thank goodness. As far as we know no one has been hurt.
junior
Posted: Tuesday, February 2, 2010 4:55 PM
Joined: 14/01/2009
Posts: 1026


http://www.elmundo.es/elmundo/2010/02/02/baleares/1265122916.html
junior
Posted: Tuesday, February 2, 2010 5:01 PM
Joined: 14/01/2009
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http://www.20minutos.es/noticia/620434/0/
Janine
Posted: Tuesday, February 2, 2010 6:59 PM
Joined: 02/05/2008
Posts: 392


Both of the links in Junior's posts mention that three people were injured in the fire.
junior
Posted: Tuesday, February 2, 2010 8:13 PM
Joined: 14/01/2009
Posts: 1026


Ya, Ive been monitoring transmissions out of the shipyard all day. The situation is technically "Unclear". Rather than recount libelous or speculative statements Ill keep my mouth shut. What I can tell any captain or crew who is unfamiliar with STP Palma...is that STP is not a real shipyard. STP or the old "Boatyard Palma " are concessions issued by the state to a private operator , STP, to haul and store yachts. STP Palma does not work on boats, its not a classic shipyard,. STP Palma is a company which hauls yachts, manages the out of the water footprint and supplies domestic services. All work performed in STP is by sub contractors. STP Palma is a first class operation....perhaps the best yacht haulout, storage facility in the world.
Kaj
Posted: Wednesday, February 3, 2010 8:55 AM
Joined: 05/08/2008
Posts: 83


Some brief speculative (for Juniors benefit) factual info from the fire yesterday in STP. In fact 7 people were injured in various forms 3 were treated for burns and 4 at least for smoke inhalation and taken to various hospitals in Palma. 30 fire fighters and ambulances attended the fire after the alarm was raised at around 3pm. Fire fighters ued a special foam to bring the fire under control and it took until 5:30pm to extinguish the blaze. Sources still say (speculative for Juniors benefit) that the fire despite being unconfirmed is thought to be a small explosion. The yacht is thought to be a right off. And from the flkames and fire I saw, I can speculate and say I agree.

Junior, stick to the story son, don´t dribble about items such as blurb about the shipyard. The story was about the fire, not a history lesson and one about you standing on your soap box as always. By the way, do you have a job to go to or do you spend your days writing articles for Dockwalk? By the way speculation is very often a news item when backed up from excellent sources which I had yesterday. Read the papers they are full of speculation often not liblous!

Capt Kaj


junior
Posted: Wednesday, February 3, 2010 9:46 AM
Joined: 14/01/2009
Posts: 1026


Gee Kaj, you managed to composed an entire paragraph void of useful insights. The useful insight concerning STP is that all work at the yard is performed by outside subcontractor...some excellent, some cowboys. This is important for first time yachts hauling in Palma to understand The fact that you heard the fire started because of a small explosion is about as informative as stating your hangover may have been caused by too much alcohol. Video from local new channel http://www.antena3noticias.com/PortalA3N/sociedad/Tres-heridos-explosion-una-yate-lujo-Palma-Mallorca/9852665
Janine
Posted: Wednesday, February 3, 2010 2:18 PM
Joined: 02/05/2008
Posts: 392


One of Dockwalk's contributors on the ground in Palma sent this information, which she gathered from local newspapers:

 

"STP (Servicios Tecnicos Portuarios) in Palma was the scene of a devastating fire yesterday afternoon.  Tiketitan was on the hard standing in the middle of a line of various yachts undergoing contract/refit works. At 3pm local time here in Palma, several witnesses said they heard an explosion and then the boat was engulfed in flames.  3 people have suffered burns and 4 others were hospitalised due to smoke inhalation - from toxic fumes - whilst putting out the fire (one of whom was a policeman) - no serious injuries though. 9 other people received treatment at the scene.   The on-site team of fire fighters arrived immediately on the scene but called the emergency services due to the scale and ferocity of the fire.  Palma firefighters spent the afternoon getting the fire under control, and carried out various measures to prevent the rest of the dry dock going up - including isolating the fuel tank of the sailyacht.  Evidence of this was still present this morning with the ground surrounding the vessel still covered with pools of foam,"

She also sent these photos, snapped at STP:

 

 

 

 

 

 


Janine
Posted: Friday, February 5, 2010 3:58 PM
Joined: 02/05/2008
Posts: 392


This press release was sent today from Pantaneuis:

PANTAENIUS PRESS RELEASE
5th February 2010

Burning sailing yacht in Palma de Mallorca

For yet unknown reasons, on Tuesday afternoon, 2nd February 2010, the sailing yacht Il Sovereign, built by Wally, completely burnt out in Palma de Mallorca. The luxury sailing yacht was stored in dry dock for repairs.

Two fire experts and a Pantaenius claims specialist arrived there shortly after the fire broke out in order to find out what had happened and to inspect the full extent of the damage.

At present, the investigations have shown that an explosion took place in the engine room. Two employees of a repair company were working on the yacht when the incident occurred. A neighbouring yacht, another Wally, had also been affected by the fire. Three people were taken to hospital with minor injuries, following the fire, but were released after a short time.

The Pantaenius claims expert estimates that the total damage for both yachts insured at Pantaenius could run into millions of Euros. For Il Sovereign, a total loss has been ascertained. Investigations will last until today. We will keep you informed.

 


 
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