Rock and Ruin

4 June 2009 By Claire Griffiths

A quick up-close and personal sneak at poor old M/Y Pari confirms what Mme. Roudaut-Lafon, director of Affaires Maritimes des Alpes-Maritimes, had already explained to earlier this morning: M/Y Pari is still very much on the rocks, limpet-style.

The pollution barriers are in place and barges have arrived from Monaco and Italy to pump the 30,000-odd litres of fuel from the yacht – not to mention the water that needs to be drained. Insurer Pantaenius is on site and it's going to take a while before the risk of fuel pollution to what is quite possibly the most prestigious coastline in the world is eliminated.

To avoid any further damage to M/Y Pari's hull, experts are discussing the option of breaking the rocks beneath the yacht in order to be able to finally tow her landwards. Although it was reported that it was most likely that her first port of call will be nearby shipyard Monaco Marine while experts assess the damage, representatives from Monaco Marine say that there currently are no plans for M/Y Pari to berth there.

As World Environment Day approaches (June 5), fingers are crossed that the poor weather forecast for the next few days will not prevent the ongoing salvage operation from being safely and cleanly completed.