The super yacht Calypso suffered water ingress after steering gear failure in North Sea on 30 nautical miles off Vlieland, Netherlands. The boat, with 14 people on board, was in serious troubled after losing steering gear and water started flooding the engine room, after the rear door did not close properly. The strong winds and heavy seas pushed the super yacht out of the fairway with danger of sinking. The crew sent distress signal to the local authorities and requested immediate assistance. At the scene of the troubled yacht was sent salvage tug tug Simon Smit, which evacuated non-essential people from Calypso. The boat was towed to Harlingen, where she was safely berthed at the quay for repairs and special inspection.
The local authorities initiated investigation for the root cause of the accident. It was ordered safety inspection of the super yacht before allow her to return in service. Fortunately during the incident there were no injured people and no reported water pollution.
The super yacht Calypso (IMO: 1006544) has overall length of 62.00 m, moulded beam of 12.00 m and maximum draft of 3.50 m. The gross tonnage of the vessel is 1,149 GRT and the net tonnage is 344 NT. The yacht was built in 2003 by Amels Holland in their shipyard in Flushing, Netherlands.