Tuesday, August 27th, 2019
Doha Royal Family Loose Superyachts in Massive Blaze
News from Doha is scarce and confirmation difficult to attribute but it seems there has been a massive fire involving superyachts belonging to the royal family
From information we have received, it seems likely that a shed used by Qatari royal family to moor boats under cover has been, all but, destroyed by fire.
Nakilat Damen Shipyard
The fire occurred at the Nakilat Damen Shipyards in Qatar. The yard was established in 2010 and is part of the Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard facility.
Based in the port of Ras Laffan in the North Eastern corner of Qatar, the shipyard was designed and built to meet the highest of modern shipbuilding standards.
Iis thought that the 80 metre Oceanco built Constellation, the 52 metre CRN Maracunda and the 36 metre Riva Al Adaid have all been destroyed.
If true insurers underwritten by the Norwegian Hull Club are in for a hard time. Added together it is likely that the insurance companies will be on the hook for around US$60 million. Not good news for a sector already under stress from the massive superyacht fire in Lurssen last year
The cause of the fire which we understand broke out on August 11th is as yet unknown. Unconfirmed reports from Doha suggest it was so intense that it took two and half days to extinguish. There were no reports of casualties.
Sistership to Stargate
According to the Web site YachtHarbour.com Constellation, whose value is circa US$46 million, was built for a member of the ruling family of Qatar and is identical to Stargate. Her hull was built in South Africa and she was then finished by Oceanco.
At 80.00 metres overall the 1706 gt luxury motor yacht has a beam of 12.98 metres and a draught of 4.21 metres, she has a steel hull and aluminium superstructure.
She is powered by MTU 20V 1163 TB73L engines of 8,160hp each, capable of reaching a maximum speed of 28 knots and cruise at 24 knots for 3600 nautical miles.
She can accommodate 19 guests in 8 cabins with an interior design by The A Group & Fantini and an exterior design by The A group