Superyacht falls off transport ship

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A 130-foot sailing yacht fell off a cargo ship and was photographed partially submerged in the Mediterranean on Sunday. My Song was built by Baltic Shipyards in Finland and was being transported by the cargo ship Brattinsborg.

Peters and May, which organized the transport, issued a statement saying that it instructed the captain of the Brattinsborg to attempt to salvage the yacht before ordering the cargo ship on to its final destination with the other yachts on board.

Peters and May CEO David Holley said in the statement that the cargo vessel “maintained visual contact with My Song until the air and sea search was initiated. As of 0900hr BST on 28th May 2019 the salvage attempts are still ongoing.”

Following the incident, photos of the partially submerged yacht were given to the media.

"We would not normally comment on cargo incidents, but given the high-profile nature of this yacht and the media interest, we feel that we need to formally give some clarification,” Holley said. “There are several individuals passing judgment on what may or may not have happened, and we will attempt to offer some clarity, albeit at an early stage of the investigation.”

Holley said that the “primary assessment” of the accident determined that the yacht’s cradle collapsed during the voyage. Holley said that more information would be available in “due course.”

Owned by fashion heir Pier Luigi Loro Piana, My Song was en route from Spain’s Mallorca island to Genoa, Italy. It was due to race in the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta at Porto Cervo on Sardinia. Forbes magazine estimates the owner’s worth at about $1.6 billion.

Last December, My Song set a record in the RORC Transatlantic Race, completing the 3,000-mile passage from Lanzarote to Grenada in 10 days, 5 hours, 47 minutes, 11 seconds. It beat the previous record by 1 hour, 19 minutes, 48 seconds.

Holley seemed to hold the yacht owner responsible for the accident. "The primary assessment is that the yacht's cradle — owned and provided by the yacht, warrantied by the yacht for sea transport and assembled by the yacht's crew — collapsed during the voyage from Palma to Genoa and subsequently resulted in the loss of My Song overboard,” he said.