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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Superyacht reef damage = huge fine!

The Superyacht "Azteca" at anchor

According to the San Pedro Sun, "Ricardo Salinas Pliego, a Mexican billionair, has been ordered to pay a huge price after his luxury mega yacht anchored on the reef on April seventh. The Department of Environment has concluded their assessment of the damages caused by the luxurious mega yacht, Azteca on the reef near San Pedro Town.

Captain Eckart told authorities that that the vessel was drifting towards the reef after a rope tangled in the propeller, causing it to automatically shut down. He went on to explain that he had to drop anchor to avoid running aground.
The owner, Salinas Pliego is a well known billionaire and owner of the Mexican television station, Azteca, and the chain of appliance stores, Electra.

"Azteca" was design by M. Leach Design Ltd and built by Nereids Yachts in 2005, her sistership Arethusa is currently for sale.

>> San Pedro Sun

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