New superyacht catches fire before trip to Cannes show

Malta-flagged 40mx9m superyacht Kanga (IMO 9842425), which was delivered to her owner only this summer, caught fire during the morning of September 7th while anchored in the Adriatic Sea off Dubrovnik between the island of Olipa and the Peljesac Peninsula. It had been expected to feature at the Monaco and Cannes boat shows.

All 13 people on board, nine passengers and four crew members, were evacuated safely. The local fire brigade attended, but two subsequent explosions injured three firefighters.

Control of the fire was not achieved until the following day. There were about 40 tonnes of diesel in the yacht’s tanks and the local maritime authorities have ordered an eco-vessel to attend the scene to minimize environmental damage. The still smouldering wreck was towed to Prapanto port, near Dubrovnik, on September 9th, during which time the fire broke out once more.

The superstructure was destroyed by the fire and the hull was badly damaged. An electrical fault was suspected as the cause of the conflagration.

The project reportedly was commissioned by an experienced American owner. The build had started in January 2016. The yacht was designed by Floating Life and Studio Sculli, and built by Cerri Cantieri Navali.