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Yacht Fire in Nice
Janine
Posted: Monday, February 27, 2012 4:10 PM
Joined: 02/05/2008
Posts: 392


Tragedy and a massive fire were thankfully thwarted in the port of Nice on board 47.5-meter M/Y 360° today at around midday local time. More than 100 firemen from the Service Départemental d'Incendie et de Secours des Alpes-Maritime took part in the operation to put out the fire on board and were still involved in clean-up procedures three and a half hours later. 

As he refueled on coffee and biscuits laid on in the car park for the firefighters, one soot-covered fireman explained, “The fire was started by a technical fault in the ceiling of the bridge, which is why it took so long to identify the source. There’s been a lot of damage, but luckily no one was hurt.”

He went on to say that in his experience fires on superyachts are pretty rare but you never can be too careful. Crewmembers at the scene were clearly shaken and some looked close to tears. They were not available to comment.

Lee Rampton and Sarah Morton of Superyacht Distribution were working in the port when they came across the brigade of fire engines and firefighters swarming over the yacht. “We thought at first they were training or something,” said Sarah, “but then we saw the debris from the fire on the quayside and realized that was not the case. It was a relief to know no one had been injured.” Rumors that some yachts remain unmanned during the winter months cannot be substantiated. — Story by Claire Griffiths 
[Photos courtesy of Q Luxury Media.]

 

 


Anonymous
Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 9:16 PM
That s the risk to work in yachts with a lot of diesel inside...you never know when stuff happend. I think the salary need to be big = risk to work overthere! You can loose all include your life in questions of seconds!

yam
Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 10:49 PM
Joined: 23/02/2012
Posts: 5


looking for stewardess position . seasonal or day work ,permanent
Henning
Posted: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 12:44 AM
Joined: 01/06/2008
Posts: 1061


Anonymous wrote:
That s the risk to work in yachts with a lot of diesel inside...you never know when stuff happend. I think the salary need to be big = risk to work overthere! You can loose all include your life in questions of seconds!

Diesel had nothing to do with it, likely as not a halogen light melted or softened some insulation on a cable and they had an electrical short in the wheelhouse overhead. If you ever look in that space it is usually packed with cable runs.

Capt Edward P
Posted: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 7:28 AM
Joined: 06/01/2011
Posts: 81


I agree with Henning,  you'd think that, after all these halogen bulb fires that insurers would be looking at these items and specifying some low heat LED lamps,  why has no-one thought to do these themselves ?    Yours 'aye Cap'n Ed

Peter Wilkinson
Posted: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 9:02 AM
Joined: 21/09/2009
Posts: 2


I do agree that the heat from the Halogen bulbs cause a substantial danger to the Super-Yachts to whom they are fitted, the Crew, and the Owners/Guests. LED's are a good answer as they run cold and apart from using a great deal less energy, last almost, forever, making the whole experience better for everyone. Another great risk of fire aboard is from the potential collection of flammable or explosive gasses in the Lazarette or garage, where the toys are parked. Almost all RIB's and PWC's are petrol powered and can cause this issue. An engineer can, and in my opinion, should fit a gas detector, that works with the yachts alarm system to alert the watch as to any gaseous dangers. Simtronics of Norway make a great model called the GD10p that is used in both the shipping and the oil industries. You can view one here. http://bit.ly/wqaFXG All the Best, British Peter... Technical Troubleshooter
junior
Posted: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 10:21 AM
Joined: 14/01/2009
Posts: 1024


Gasoline vapour plus a push of the transom remote control button has been known to cause excitment. Its interesting that the industry has not attacked this issue,at present i only have sharp eyed crew and their nose. The unit is to be mounted in the lowest point of a stern peak bilge ? Best of luck with your gear.
Anonymous
Posted: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 7:31 PM
What a shame, but how ironic. 360 degrees....Celsius.

SBC
Posted: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 8:51 PM
Joined: 14/10/2008
Posts: 33


OMG, all you sef-professed fire chiefs! One little remark form a tired fireman on a break, relayed through a couple of yachties, and viola! You all have the answer! What a load of BS! If you had ever been in the position of investigating a fire, no ANYTHING, in your life, you would have known that these things are complicated, and it takes a lot of work to reach a educated conlusion, whcih might be of any use to interested parties.. AND why has Capt, Ed STILL got a QR code referring ot some You tube vid "Rude Austarlian can`t stop attacking house"? Some sort of pun on the firemen being Austarlian??? Happy sailing, All Soren
Henning
Posted: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 10:36 PM
Joined: 01/06/2008
Posts: 1061


Capt Edward P wrote:
I agree with Henning,  you'd think that, after all these halogen bulb fires that insurers would be looking at these items and specifying some low heat LED lamps,  why has no-one thought to do these themselves ?    Yours 'aye Cap'n Ed


When I took Jeremy over 2 years ago one of the first things I did was change over the entire lighting system to LED. Making it all dim without flickering or pulsing was a bit tricky.

Anonymous
Posted: Thursday, March 1, 2012 3:10 PM
360 degrees. The boiling temperature of mercury. Hope it did nt get that hot in there.

Janine
Posted: Monday, April 2, 2012 3:01 PM
Joined: 02/05/2008
Posts: 392


UPDATE — Dockwalk received this press release from Nicolas Valin, charter manager of M/Y 360°, of Neo Yachting.

"As you may have heard,  M/Y 360° suffered a fire in Nice last month caused by an electrical surge. A couple of hours after the fire began, the news started to hit the Internet with wrong or at the least exaggerated facts. A month has now passed since the incident and here is an update with true facts:
 
- The fire caused by an electrical surge in the ceiling of the bridge was limited to the wheelhouse, captain's cabin on upper deck and the day head. Damages can be impressive for the general public but is relatively light compared to initial reports: electricity, electronics, upholstery in areas directly damaged by fire.
 
- The survey reports by the owner's team and insurance company have not yet been released and will not be disclosed. The estimations on costs of the damage which have been communicated by the media until now (we read "3 Million Euros"...) are not based on any tangible elements and are totally wrong.
 
- At the time of the fire, the yacht was staffed by seven crewmembers who reacted swiftly making sure the damages were limited.
 
- The yacht has left Nice and is currently at a yard in La Ciotat (France) and should be out and fully operational at the end of June.
 
- Until we have accurate visibility on the planning of works, the owner will not be committing to any charters this summer in the Mediterranean but brokers will soon be informed on availability of the yacht.
 
Be sure that the owner and crew are working hard to have 360° back to new, as she was prior to the fire. For further details, please do not hesitate to contact me or Egor Lyfar at the Charter Marketing department."
Minimise Fire Risks
Posted: Wednesday, July 4, 2012 12:36 PM
Joined: 30/06/2012
Posts: 35


Yet another vessel Fire. Can we all discuss Minimising Fire Risks. It may save a vessel and more so Lives. David Hill Yacht Protect Services Ltd
Cdiboston
Posted: Friday, November 2, 2012 1:28 PM
Joined: 26/07/2012
Posts: 2


What's wrong with La Ciotat?

 
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