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Old 25-12-2021, 05:42   #1
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M/T Tropic Breeze Struck by Mega Yacht Utopia IV and Sinks Off the Coast of New Provi

Maritime Management LLC, based here, has reported that a ship under the company's management, the M/T Tropic Breeze, was struck last night at 22:03 p.m. by the super yacht M/Y Utopia IV approximately 15 miles NNW of New Providence Island, The Bahamas. The 160-foot tanker was traveling on its proper watch en route to Great Stirrup Cay when it was rear-ended by the 207-foot super yacht. The catastrophic force of the collision pierced the stern of the tanker causing the tanker to sink to the ocean floor at an estimated depth of 2000 feet.

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Re: M/T Tropic Breeze Struck by Mega Yacht Utopia IV and Sinks Off the Coast of New P

Rear ended? Mega owner of mega yacht isn't going to be so mega when this one finishes in court.
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Re: M/T Tropic Breeze Struck by Mega Yacht Utopia IV and Sinks Off the Coast of New P

YACHT “UTOPIA IV” (Cruising Speed: 24 Knots) https://www.yachtcharterfleet.com/lu.../utopia-iv.htm


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Re: M/T Tropic Breeze Struck by Mega Yacht Utopia IV and Sinks Off the Coast of New P

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Rear ended? Mega owner of mega yacht isn't going to be so mega when this one finishes in court.
We'll see, probably, eventually.

This is what Wikipedia says about the owner's (at least as of May 6, 2021) Loren and JR Ridinger, company.

"In a 2017 federal lawsuit, two distributors accused the company of violating the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and California state law. The lawsuit calls Market America a pyramid scheme, noting Market America's claim that "the only way to fail under MarketAmerica’s business model is to quit." The suit claims the company targets Chinese-American immigrants to sell products to friends and relatives in Asia. The lawsuit characterizes Market America's business practice as "racketeering" and says that "while the executives tell distributors they can earn more than $560,000, only those at the top make that kind of money. Ninety percent of sellers do not receive a penny". In April 2019, the California case was transferred to a court in North Carolina and consolidated with another suit.

In 2020, Truth In Advertising started an investigation into Market America. The investigation found that "in the first nine months of 2020, Market America published more than 450 deceptive income claims across its website, blog and social media pages". According to the organization, "As a 28-year veteran of the MLM industry with seasoned lawyers on staff, Market America should not have to be reminded of the rules. And the rules state that using atypical earnings claims to recruit distributors is not only deceptive, it's against FTC law". The investigation resulted in Market America removing approximately 750 marketing claims from various media,"
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Tanker Tropic Breeze sunk after being hit my MegaYacht 15nm NW of Nassau

Product tanker*TROPIC BREEZE*was hit in stern area by mega yacht*UTOPIA IV*at around 0300 UTC Dec 24 15 nm NNW of New Providence island, Bahamas, while en route to Great Stirrup Cay with cargo of LPG and fuel. Tanker sank at some 600 meters depth, crew rescued, all are safe. Yacht prior to collision sailed from New Providence southern anchorage, returned back to New Providence after collision, understood she sustained some damages. Not known if she had passengers on board, or crew only. MB was tipped off by salvage_and_wreck*https://www.instagram.com/p/CX5zbzFLTAU/*(more photos can be found there)
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Re: M/T Tropic Breeze Struck by Mega Yacht Utopia IV and Sinks Off the Coast of New P

[QUOTE=GordMay;3543202]YACHT “UTOPIA IV” (Cruising Speed: 24 Knots) [URL]https://www.yachtcharterfleet.com/luxury-charter-yacht-48503/utopia-iv.htm[/https://www.theutopia4.com/?page_id=27

Here is Utopia IV’s homepage:

https://www.theutopia4.com/?page_id=27

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Re: M/T Tropic Breeze Struck by Mega Yacht Utopia IV and Sinks Off the Coast of New P

Does this mean that the crew of UTOPIA were all
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Naah.. Obviously a single hander..
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Re: M/T Tropic Breeze Struck by Mega Yacht Utopia IV and Sinks Off the Coast of New P

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YACHT “UTOPIA IV” (Cruising Speed: 24 Knots) [URL]https://www.yachtcharterfleet.com/luxury-charter-yacht-48503/utopia-iv.htm[/https://www.theutopia4.com/?page_id=27

Here is Utopia IV’s homepage:

https://www.theutopia4.com/?page_id=27

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And you too could charter this vessel for the measly sum of a half million US dollars per week. Tax and gratuities not included.

I suspect she is not not available for the next few weeks.


https://www.moranyachts.com/luxury-yachts/utopia-iv/?yacht-type=luxury-yachts-charter
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Re: M/T Tropic Breeze Struck by Mega Yacht Utopia IV and Sinks Off the Coast of New P

So that’s what the stainless steel bow piece is for…
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Re: Tanker Tropic Breeze sunk after being hit my MegaYacht 15nm NW of Nassau

Egad.

Technology can't fix stupid/inept/situationally unaware:

https://www.caribbeannewsglobal.com/...idence-island/
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Re: M/T Tropic Breeze Struck by Mega Yacht Utopia IV and Sinks Off the Coast of New P

On board the ultra yot (making good 28 kts):
"guy who was supposed to go on watch at 2200 didn't show, but I'm gonna sack out anyhow...bugger it, the a/p is holding course well and he will show up soon"

On board the oiler (making good around 9 knots):
"Looka this crazy sod coming up behind us... guess he'll turn to starboard pretty soon now"

On board both vessels:

"OH SHUCKY DARNS!"

When true life beggars fiction...

Some lawyers will get rich off of this gig, I reckon.

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Re: M/T Tropic Breeze Struck by Mega Yacht Utopia IV and Sinks Off the Coast of New P

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And you too could charter this vessel for the measly sum of a half million US dollars per week. Tax and gratuities not included.

I suspect she is not not available for the next few weeks.


https://www.moranyachts.com/luxury-y...yachts-charter
Maybe they were trying to save a few bucks by chartering sans captain?
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What a shame. I bet that M/Y Utopia has got everything on board. Radar, Lidar, Tridar or whatever is new and expensive. So why can one be sooo ignorant?
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