Man charged over fire that destroyed two boats worth $2.5M

A man has been charged following a fire that allegedly destroyed two luxury motor vessels moored at Woolloomooloo’s Finger Wharf earlier this year.

About 3.40am on Saturday 4 July 2015, emergency services responded to reports of two vessels on fire at the wharf.

Fire & Rescue NSW personnel extinguished the alleged suspicious fires, and there were no reports of injury.


During the operation, two other vessels had to be relocated to prevent them from being damaged and nearby homes and businesses were evacuated.

The vessels destroyed in the fire are collectively estimated to be worth $2.5 million. They were salvaged and subjected to forensic examination.

Detectives from the Marine Area Command commenced established Strike Force Cloister to investigate the incident.

Following inquiries, about 8pm yesterday (Tuesday 18 August 2015), a 24-year-old man was arrested after arriving on an international flight at Sydney Airport.

He was taken to Mascot Police Station; where he was charged with maliciously destroy property by means of fire.

The man has been granted strict conditional bail and is due to appear at Downing Centre Local Court on Tuesday 8 September 2015.