Marine Casualty Advisory – Superyacht Vixit reported aground

Summary:

The 52.75m motor yacht Vixit (previously named Passion, until 2017), was built at Oskarshamns shipyard in Sweden.

The yacht was delivered to its Owner in 1989 having the interior styled by design house Dvorine Associates. The luxury vessel’s exterior design is the work of Diana Yacht Design and she was last refitted in 2013.

Vixit reaches a top speed of 16.0 kn and boasts a maximum range of 3,500 nm when navigating at cruising speed, powered by two Caterpillar diesel engines.

The yacht’s guest capacity is listed as up to 12 guests in 6 staterooms, and 15 crew members man the boat.

Superyacht Vixit

Name

VIXIT

Flag

Cayman Islands

IMO number

8975952

P & I Club

Skuld

MMSI

319238000

Classification Society

Bureau Veritas

Callsign

ZHBM5

Ship Manager

Fairport Yacht Support

Ship type

Yacht

Operator

Fairport Yacht Support

Length

52.75m

Registered Owner

Crossplain Corp

Breadth

09m

Technical Manager

Fairport Yacht Support

Draught

3.9m

Last Port

Isla Coronados, Mexico 05 Mar 2022

GT

710

Destination

Golfo di California 08 Mar, 13:09 UTC

Date and place of Build

1989 Oskarshamnsvarvet in Sweden

Position

25.75N/111.24W

Last seen at (UTC)

11/03/2022 08:06

Status

Aground

In the early hours of 01:10 UTC on 9 March 2022, the AIS navigation status of the yacht Vixit changed from Underway to Aground, and the AIS broadcast ceased at 10:06 UTC on 10 March 2022.

AIS broadcast resumes on 11 March 2022 and places the boat near a small island between Mexico’s Isla Danzante and Isla Tijeras, where water depth ranges from 25m to 40m.

Tasked satellite imagery on the 10th March at 17:43UTC shows the boat fully visible on the surface of the sea, with AIS reporting the boat Aground, but it appears the boat did not sink.

Figure 1 - Last AIS broadcast of Vixit on 10 Mar 2022 mapped by Skytek
Figure 2 - Latest satellite imagery tasked and AIS timestamp for yacht Vixit on 11 March 2022, superimposed on the satellite image of 10 March 2022

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