The tanker’s operator, Maritime Management, stated that “the catastrophic force of the collision” caused the vessel to sink at 2,000 feet (609 meters) because its stern got pierced. Although more than 30 years old, Tropic Breeze had undergone recent safety checks and was on its way to Great Stirrup Cay, carrying various types of fuel. The incident occurred close to New Providence Island, at 22.00 P.M. local time, but the causes are still unknown.
Luckily, the seven crew members on board the tanker were all rescued with the help of the Bahamian authorities and another motor yacht, the Maya. Because of the depth, Tropical Breeze officially can’t be recovered, but at least the fuels it was carrying (LPG, marine gas, and automotive gas) are considered “non-persistent materials,” which means that they will evaporate, not causing additional damage to the maritime environment.
The marketing millionaire’s yacht, built by the famous Italian shipyard Rossinavi in 2018, can hit an impressive top speed of 24 knots (27.6 mph/44 kph), but its speed at the time of the incident is unknown. The local authorities are currently investigating the accident, so whether excessive speed was the cause is yet to be determined.
While the old tanker will be forever lost in the ocean, the award-winning Utopia IV got away with a dent, but most likely a very pricey one.