The 56.39-metre yacht Lady D has caught fire at the Ao Po Grand Marina in the north of Phuket, Thailand, in the early hours of August 7th 2019. Built by the US shipyard Quality Shipbuilders, Lady D was originally constructed in 1976 as a US Coast Guard Inspected, ABS Classified and LoadLined Offshore Oilfield Supply Vessel before being reconfigured into an oceangoing yacht in 1989. Photo: Asia Pacific SuperyachtsGordon Fernandes, leader of Asia Pacific Superyachts in Phuket and Myanmar, reported on the Lady D yacht fire, “Marina staff were notified of the fire at 8.25am this morning and called the local fire department as well as the Marine Police for assistance”, after which a fire truck arrived to extinguish the fire.
The extent of the damage to Lady D is unclear, although it has been confirmed that the fire has been extinguished and that all crew members were able to leave the ship safely and unharmed. Firefighters confirmed that no injuries were caused by the fire. Prior to the Lady D yacht fire, Lady D underwent a refit in 2010 and received various upgrades to her mechanical systems and hull in 2005. She could accommodate up to 24 guests and a crew of 16 and received power from twin Wärtsilä engines to reach top speeds of approximately 13 knots and a cruising speed of 10 knots.