You wouldn’t be entirely wrong if you said that 2022 hasn’t been a great year for superyachts. This last year, superyacht-watching has changed for the worst due to seizures, legal issues, and what looks like more overall events.
We can now add another incident to that ever-growing list: 007, a superyacht delivered by Aegean Yachts in 2006, has sunk after running aground off the coast of Greece.
It happened on Friday night (September 2), with reports in the local media saying that the captain hit rocks under the surface of the water.
The Greek Coast Guard has confirmed the incident but, for the time being, it can’t speak on the circumstances surrounding it – and for excellent reason, since an investigation into the cause is still underway.
The good news is that the five people onboard the vessel were rescued by the Coast Guard and transported to safety.
Given the location of the wreck, it is very likely that a recovery operation will be attempted.
The captain called in for help after running aground, as the ship started taking on water.
Photos and videos have emerged on social media showing the extent of the damage, and you will find some of them included in this article.
Initially delivered as a 32-meter (105-footer) under the name Royal Enterprise, at the Bodrum shipyard in Turkey, it’s been through several refits, which have contributed to its current explorer-like, more aggressive silhouette.
With a design by Yavuz Mete, 007 offered accommodation for 10 guests and 5 crew.
Powered by twin Caterpillar engines that developed a total of 1,300 hp, it could travel at a top speed of 12 knots (13.8 mph / 22.2 kph).
None of that matters now, as it’s come to what could be its end on the rocky shore of Greece.
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Source: Auto Evolution