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Popular Liveaboard MSY WAOW Catches Fire During Storm

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A popular liveaboard based in Papua, Indonesia, caught fire and sank during a storm on the night of 31 Jan in Biak Harbour, thankfully with no loss of life or injury.

The MSY WAOW (which stands for Water Adventures Ocean Wide) was a luxury liveaboard, constructed by master carpenter Hadji Wahub over 4 years from ironwood in a traditional Indonesian style, under the direction of owner Michel Deville. Launched in 2012, she plied her trade in the waters around the National Parks of Komodo and Raja Ampat, Wakatobi, the Forgotten Islands, Cenderawasih Bay and the Lembeh Strait, among others.

A statement on the WAOW website reads:

We are very saddened to communicate to you all that our magnificent WAOW burned and sank last night (Jan 31st to Feb 1st) in a storm in Biak Harbor. Fortunately, there was no loss of life or physical injury.

Our WAOW was born from a dream. Although a 'young maiden', she had become legendary. This was confirmed by the very marked success she achieved on the occasion of the recent European trade fairs, as well as in the testimonies that have been pouring in the past hours.

Our sincere gratitude goes first to our crew, their enthusiasm to provide the services we wished to offer on board, and the exemplary courage they have been demonstrating throughout this sad event. They have shown their affection for their WAOW of which they and we have all been so proud.

The full statement, thanking the builders and crew members, can be found on the WAOW website.




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