Vessel catches fire at Yacht Haven Grande

Yacht Haven Grande Marina has reported a fire on board 26m luxury motoryacht Positive Energy, at its facilities in St. Thomas.

It is still unknown how the fire started, and Yacht Haven Grande reported that it was contained in a number of hours. All parties are believed to be safe with no reported injuries.

According to local media reports, the fire caused traffic to be rerouted from Yacht Haven Grande to a federal building on the St. Thomas waterfront. A report from the Government House for the US Virgin Islands revealed this was due to heavy smoke in the area due to the number of burning materials found on a yacht, including fibreglass.

A statement from Yacht Haven Grande read, “The vessel has been secured and containment measures are in place around the vessel to address potential contaminants entering the water. Again, there are no reported injuries as a result of the incident.”

Yacht Haven Grande and IGY Marinas thanked all the members of its staff, the WICO security team, the Virgin Islands Fire and Police Departments, as well as members of responding teams for their rapid response, and for working to effectively contain the fire.

Acting Governor from the US Virgin Islands Government House Osbert Potter, commented, “I am proud of the effort made by our firefighters and other responders today. By containing this fire to the one vessel where it apparently started, we averted what could have been a tragedy, and, most importantly, no one was injured."

The fire is one of a number of superyacht marina fires to have taken place this year. At the beginning of January, superyachts Barbie and The One were left with substantial damage after a fire in Marmaris marina, Turkey. Later in the month, 25m Queen Ana caught fire at Ege Saray marina in Fethiye.

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