Heesen' second largest yacht Galactica Star is being offered for sale in a sealed bid arrangement starting on April 4, 2019 with the close of bidding on May 19th. The sale process was proposed by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Republic of Nigeria and approved by U.S. federal court, as a part of ongoing corruption case against two Nigerian nationals, according to The Marine News.
The sale follows a court-ordered seizure of the yacht's owner's assets due to possible connections to an ongoing Nigerian oil corruption scandal, triggered by the Panama Papers investigation.
The superyacht was allegedly bought by Nigerian oil magnate Kolawole Aluko, who is one of four defendants accused of cheating Nigeria out of almost $1.8 billion in siphoned crude oil sales, reports The Marine News. The U.S. government also accused Aluko and another oil executive, Olajide Omokore, of laundering money in the United States and using it to acquire the yacht, among other assets.
The US and Nigerian governments received Federal Court approval to sell the superyacht last month in Texas. According to Law360, a legal news source, U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison approved it due to high maintenance and dockage fees, estimating the combined cost at around $170,000 per month.
The sealed bid will be managed by Fraser, with the MRP set at $42,000,000. Following the close of bidding, the winning bidder will have five days to deposit five percent of the accepted total into an escrow account.
Custom motor yacht Galactica Star was built by Heesen in Netherlands at their Oss shipyard and delivered to her owner in 2013. She features exterior styling by Omega Architects, and engineering by Van Oossanen & Associates. Meanwhile, the yacht's interior has been designed by Bannenberg & Rowell.
Galactica Star accommodates up to 12 guests overnight in 6 cabins, comprising a master suite, 1 VIP stateroom, and 4 double cabins. She is also capable of carrying up to 13 crew onboard to ensure a relaxed luxury yacht experience.
The most alluring feature about the vessel is what goes on below the waterline. Van Ossaanen Naval Architects successfully created a yacht that cruises 30% more efficiently than a conventional round-bilged motor yacht in this size range.
Powered by 2 MTU 5,592 HP diesel engines and propelled by twin screw propellers, Galactica Star is capable of a top speed of 27 knots, and comfortably cruises at 24 knots. With her 90,000 fuel tanks she has a maximum range of 4,200 nautical miles at 14 knots. Her water tanks store around 30,000 litres of fresh water.
The yacht used to be popular for charter among celebrities, for instance, once rented by American music industry power couple, Jay Z and Beyonce for a holiday cruise, according to WithinNigeria.
The all-new Y80 realizes innovative layout solutions for an 80 foot motor yacht. Being part of Y-Class the newest Y80 will be the smallest in the plus 24m size range.Configurable cockpit options, an open or closed main deck layout with wheelhouse and a newly designed foredeck area, the Y80 offers choice without compromise.Y80 will be able to accommodate eight guests between her four staterooms. She will be able to reach a top speed of 32 knots and will be officially revealed during the show season in September. <iframe width=560 height=315 src=https://www.youtube.com/embed/-yvmYMgP3Tc title=YouTube video player frameborder=0 allow=accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture allowfullscreen></iframe>The launch is scheduled in 2023.British yacht builder Princess Yachts was founded in 1965, manufacturing fibreglass yachts ranging from 13 to 40 meters in length. Its parent company is the French luxury group LVMH. Credits: Princess Yachts
August 17, 2022
Turkish yacht designer Aras Kazar has shared the fresh renderings of his 150 meter superyacht concept ONO. It features Aras' glass and metal composition and the solar panels on the roof.The 150m has three master cabins, five guest cabins, swimming pool, offshore movie theater, platform for jet-ski and other marine toys, helipad and more. The strong and sharp exterior design was inspired by Spartan helmets. Aras Kazar is an European based freelance yacht designer. He has been in the yacht design industry for more than 10 years and prefers mostly minimalist, futuristic and sleek lines.Credits: Aras Kazar
August 17, 2022
Surreal is the recently launched Sunreef 60 Eco sailing catamaran. Surreal is the first 18m catamaran to be equipped with solar panels of its own design integrated into the hull, superstructure and bimini roof. They maximize solar energy production and provide unrivaled energy efficiency, allowing you not only to sail without vibrations and smoke, but also to power household appliances on board. At less than 1mm thick, Sunreef Yachts Eco solar panels are the lightest and most efficient solution in the industry.Thanks to advanced integration technology, Sunreef Yachts Eco solar panels are highly resistant to impact and abrasion. The catamaran is also equipped with a powerful custom-designed battery.Surreal accommodates up to eight guests thanks to a spacious layout with four cabins. The saloon of the catamaran offers spacious seating areas and a dining area. The interior and furniture, made according to an individual project, are both modern and timeless.The catamaran's outdoor seating areas include a large flybridge with a bar, a sunken seating area on the bow deck and a full-size aft cockpit with a large beach platform.Sunreef Yachts was founded by Francis Lapp in 2002 in Gdansk, Poland, and the shipyard has been designing and manufacturing luxury sailing and power multihulls ever since. Credits: Sunreef Yachts
August 17, 2022
New Zealand’s largest boat show, the Auckland Boat Show will be helded in 23-26 March 2023 and will run directly after Sail GP’s March regatta. The show had a break for two years because of the Covid pandemic. A large marina display will spread through Jellicoe Harbour, filling the space outside the former America’s Cup bases. On-land exhibits will complement the on-water component of the show, taking up a Hamer Street spot in central Auckland’s buzzing Wynyard Quarter.Staging the show on these dates – during daylight savings, and in the settled weather this time of year delivers – gives us the chance to promote boating, boats and equipment to their best advantage, says Stacey Cook, Auckland Boat Show organizer.Uniquely in this part of the world, sea trials are a crucial component of the event. With the Waitematā Harbour as the show’s neighbor, manufacturers and brokers are able to demonstrate vessels in their element to buyers, allowing them to bring performance, sea-kindliness and handling to the forefront.For 22 years the Auckland Boat Show has also provided an important stage for regional and international parts and services providers. With a large on-land component of the show, the event has become a launching point each year for annual releases of innovative products and new developments.The Auckland Boat Show is run by a small team from the NZ Marine Industry Association and is designed solely to promote and further the cause of New Zealand’s marine industry. Since 1998, it’s been helping show-goers discover the latest in innovative products and vessels and helping companies make quality connections with both customers and other members of the industry. New Zealand’s biggest boat show showcases more than 200 domestic and international marine businesses, including dozens of vessel manufacturers and boat brokers.Credits: Auckland Boat Show; @thantzinoo18/Unsplash
August 16, 2022
The 26m Princess superyacht Vista Me ran aground on Calvi Beach in Corsica as a result of a severe storm that hit Corsica on 12 August. Torrential rains and wind gusts up to 43 knots hit the Balagne region in the north of the island. Vista Me had her mooring line cut off. 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padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;><a href=https://www.instagram.com/reel/ChR6LWRM5E2/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading style= color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none; target=_blank>A post shared by Salvage and wreck (@salvage_and_wreck)</a></p></div></blockquote> <script async src=//www.instagram.com/embed.js></script>Vista Me will require an inspection to assess the risk of further damage before she can be removed from the beach.<blockquote class=twitter-tweet><p lang=fr dir=ltr>EN IMAGES - Mauvais temps : la SNSM se multiplie à Calvi - <a href=https://t.co/DGzsBmLq2U>https://t.co/DGzsBmLq2U</a><br>Calvi et la Balagne n'ont pas été épargnés par les brèves, mais fortes précipitations qui ont affecté la Corse dans le courant de la nuit de vendredi à samedi. Parmi les nombreuses intervention... <a href=https://t.co/TS1ZsNvB6f>pic.twitter.com/TS1ZsNvB6f</a></p>— Robot De l'Info (@RDelinfo) <a href=https://twitter.com/RDelinfo/status/1558534750431854592?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw>August 13, 2022</a></blockquote> <script async src=https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js charset=utf-8></script>Credits: @RDelinfo/Twitter; salvage_and_wreck/Instagram
August 16, 2022