Wind Gust Pushed Mega Sailing Yacht Damages Pilings In Portland Harbor

The M5 has made a number of visits to the Portland waterfront and it was at the docked over the weekend at the time when it pulled a floating pier away from its pilings. A gust of wind which was very strong set the largest single-masted sailing yacht in the world adrift in Portland Harbor all the weekend.

On Saturday, there was powerful and a sudden gust came a little after 8:15 a.m. It caught the broadside of the superyacht which was 277-foot-long and 54-foot-wide, The Kevin Battle Harbor Master said that vessel has been docked at the DiMillo’s Marina after the incident that is Sept. 3. The gust was combined with the tide and it created a tremendous amount of force that the vessel ripped a floating dock at a distance from several pilings.

Though at the one end the fleet remained attached, the perpendicular went to its intended location. This prevented the superyacht and many other vessels from being set adrift, Battle narrated. He said, “It is really sad.” There is nothing that DiMillio’s has hosted many large size vessels all through the years without incident. “At one point of time, we had a lot of forces pushing all at once and in the one direction.”

The good thing is that the only damage that the incident caused was to the pilings. Some of the pilings were bent and broken, he said. On Monday morning, a small crane was brought to the place for making repairs, and the M5 was placed at the end of Chandler’s Wharf.

Electrical lines and gas remained intact to the cock during the incident, thus, no fuel was spilled into the harbor. As a safety point of view, the gas lines have been kept shut at the time of repairs.

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