Exclusive: See the salvage of the 20m yacht that burned in front of Biograd

Exclusive: See the salvage of the 20m yacht that burned in front of Biograd

A 20-meter motor yacht named “Do This“ completely burned in a fire that broke out on Sunday, June 27, shortly after 10 am, as the yacht sailed in front of the Kumenat district in Biograd.  At the time of the fire, there were eight Austrian citizens on board who managed to escape by jumping into the sea and swimming to shore. The fire was then successfully extinguished by firefighters who arrived from Zadar on a firefighting boat. The salvage operation was then undertaken by the EmergenSea company with personnel from their Biograd and Split bases.  A high risk operation was undertaken to dislodge the vessel from a reef, and secure the vessel to environmental and safety standards so that it could be towed to Lamjana shipyard on the island of Ugljan. Drago Dešpalj, the owner of the Zadar company EmergenSea, described to us how the process of removing the wreckage of the burning yacht went.

“We had to secure the ship first. We raised it to a height of 15 cm with a crane so that we could take all the necessary actions and to ensure safe work under the wreck. The plan had several contingent plans in place given the fragile state of the hull, which included cutting the drive shafts and propellers, and the last resort of bringing in two cranes.  Fortunately, we were able to secure the hull and pump out the sea water, raising the hullduring high tide, thus avoiding the contingent scenarios.”  - Dešpalj explained that the most important factor of the mission was to safely prevent further environmental damage.  All services, from the firefighters to environmental consultants, to EmergenSea reacted very quickly and worked well together to bring this this ordeal to the happiest possible conclusion.

“When a ship burns at sea, it is in itself a great ecological catastrophe. Pieces of burnt plastic fly through the air and fall into the sea without any control and it is something that cannot be stopped. As a result, there has already been enormous environmental damage. An additional problem in this case, was that oil leaked from the ship and then it started to burn. That is why it was necessary to stop the fire first, which was done very professionally by firefighters, and then we started setting up dams on our side, which we managed to stop the leak of oil residues, and we can now say that at the end of the story take into account the extent of the fire and the nature of the burning itself. This is certainly due to the quick reaction and excellent coordination of all services that were involved in the whole process” said Dešpalj at the end.