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Safe Landings

I do not often go to Puerto Portals but, I was in the area a few days ago and decided to see if I could take a photo. After all, I don’t want to exclude the very existence of that place from the pages of this Mallorca Daily Photo Blog just because I don’t much like its snazzy glamour. Puerto Portals appeared quite seemingly unaffected by La Crisis.

On closer inspection of the photo (above) you’ll find that the superyacht to the right of the harbour tower has a helicopter on board. The motor yacht is called White Cloud, a 65 m (213 ft) impressive steel ship built in 1983 by the Feadship Royal Van Lent Shipyard in the Netherlands. The ship is registered in George Town, Cayman Islands but is based somewhere in the Western Mediterranean. The helicopter is a Eurocopter, quite possibly a EC135, a light, multipurpose twin-engine helicopter. The yacht would quite probably set you back some 25,000,000 € should you want to buy one, not including the aircraft. More recent versions of this yacht type are built from aluminium at a higher cost, I suppose.

Allow me to direct you to an interesting video showing how to safely land a Eurocopter aircraft on a moving yacht of a similar type to the White Cloud. No mean feat by any measure, I would have thought.

The photos were taken in Puerto Portals, Calvià, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: June 10th, 2011. The time was 14:48:45 and 14:24:22, respectively. The video was borrowed from the Internet, courtesy of YouTube and rotoryacht.

Thank you very much.

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