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Vessel Assist Salvages Launch-Accident Nordhavn 56 Motorsailer

Written by on July 6, 2009 in Boats, Industry News
Sunken Nordhavn 56 Motorsailer Under Salvage by Vessel Assist -- Photo: Vessel Assist

Sunken Nordhavn 56 Motorsailer Under Salvage by Vessel Assist -- Photo: Vessel Assist

Vessel Assist San Diego has reported that it successfully salvaged a new 56′ yacht that sank after being accidentally dropped during offloading from its delivery ship.  The company did not specifically identify the brand of yacht but photos appearing with the article clearly show that the yacht is a Nordhavn 56 Motorsailer.  According to Vessel Assist, the 50-ton yacht sank in about 35 feet of water on Saturday morning, June 27, 2009.  The company managed to raise the boat from the bottom using float bags and then towed it to a nearby facility where, on Sunday, the boat was hoisted out of the water. 

Sunken Nordhavn 56MS Being Prepared for Lift -- Photo: Vessel Assist

Sunken Nordhavn 56MS Being Prepared for Lift -- Photo: Vessel Assist

Photos posted on the Vessel Assist blog site show the extent of the damage to the hull of the new motorsailer.  You can read the entire story of the salvage effort here, at the Vessel Assist blog.

Salvaged Nordhavn 56MS Shows Accident Damage to Hull -- PHoto:  Vessel Assist

Salvaged Nordhavn 56MS Shows Accident Damage to Hull -- PHoto: Vessel Assist

Word on the street says that PAE has already taken exceptionally good care of the customer involved.  OceanLines has asked Nordhavn for more information on the accident and we will report that as soon as the company responds.

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About the Author: Tom Tripp is the owner of OceanLines LLC, the publisher of OceanLines and founder of Marine Science Today. He is an award-winning marine journalist, science writer and long-time public communications specialist. His PR career and much of his writing stems from the fact that he loves to explain stuff. It all began when he and his brother Mark threw all of Mom's tomatoes at the back wall of the house. . . .

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  1. David Evans says:

    The president of Nordhavn, Dan Streech, answered many questions in detail on The Nordhavn Dreamers Yahoo Groups Blog two days ago.

    David Evans

  2. oceanlines says:

    David – You’re absoluely right. After I saw that I asked Dan for his permission to quote from that de-brief, which I don’t consider to be public since it is a private Yahoo Group. I’ve added his description of events and the nice (relatively) outcome for the customer in a new article posted in the last couple of hours.

    Many thanks for your comment!!

  3. My name is Wayne Wickman and I am with Salvex.com. We sell salvage for insurance companies. I have the Nordhavn 56’ that was drop and sunk. See link below for photos and information.

    Is there anybody out there that would be interested in bidding on this boat?

    http://www.salvex.com/listings/listing_detail.cfm?aucID=182938316

    Wayne

    713-858-5113
    Salvex.com

  4. Bob Wintemberg says:

    Wayne, I would be most interested in info on the Nordhavn 56 that was dropped and sunk.

  5. Bob

    Pleses send your contact infromation. I will call you.

    Thanks Wayne
    713-858-5113
    wayne@salvex.com
    Salvex.com

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