Oyster Marine sees process error in sunken yacht

Oyster Marine said it examined a possible weakness in the process used to build the inner structure of the Polina Star III.
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Oyster Marine said it examined a possible weakness in the process used to build the inner structure of the Polina Star III — an Oyster 825 that sank off the coast of Spain in July and whose crew was rescued — and said the process hadn’t been used on any yachts other than 825s and will be abandoned on future boats.

“Our inspection of the other 825s (not including Polina Star III) highlighted a possible weakness in the process used to build the inner structure of those vessels. This process has not been used on any other Oyster yacht built over the last 40 years and will not be used again,” the company said in a statement, while noting that the Oyster 825 took into account Classification Society Rules and other standards.

Although the 90-foot Polina Star III was too damaged during the salvage to confirm whether this was the reason for the sinking, other Oyster 825s built the same way were reinforced.

“The process for Oyster 825-05 onwards has reverted to well-proven methods used on the rest of the Oyster fleet of more than 800 yachts,” the company said.

“Oyster Marine hopes and trusts that release of these findings — relating only to yachts of the 825 Class — will allay any fears that may exist in relation to safety and security and confirms above all that the company’s fundamental priority is the safety of the sailing experience on each and every one of the yachts it launches,” the company said. “Also that its inspection processes will meet the exacting standards required to meet this commitment.”

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