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.
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The yacht will be available for charter cruises around Amalfi, Sardinia, Corsica and the South of France starting from this summer. Based on the same platform as the Arcadia 100+, both exteriors and interiors of Arcadia 105 were developed in collaboration with Italian design studio Hot Lab. Sea Coral II comes as the second hull in the series, after the 2018 RJ.The 199-GT semi-planing superyacht has been constructed with a fibreglass hull onto a beam of 7.76 metres.The model is trademarked with glass walls between the aft-deck and main salon and openable floor-to-ceiling windows creating a fluid indoor-outdoor space.Thanks to the convertible 35-square-metre skylounge, a fully enclosed third deck can be protected against bad weather or open to enjoy the breeze and the scents of the sea.Accommodation on-board is provided for up to 10 guests within two doubles, two twins and one convertible cabin, along with the staff capacity for six. The yacht is equipped with games room, dining room and a private lounge.Toy storage of Sea Coral II comprises a Castoldi tender stored aft, two paddleboards, two Seabobs, a Kayak, wakeboard and water skis. Powered by two MAN V8 1200HP engines, the yacht cruises at 12-14 knots under reportedly low fuel consumption.As to other projects by the yard, with ten units now under construction, it has recently revealed the first Sherpa XL, that is approaching her completion.
May 23, 2019
The 54.3-metre Amels superyacht 4You, previously owned by co-founder of Russian real-estate development company PIK Group, Kirill Pisarev, has been sold with both the buyer and the seller represented by Edmiston.The second hull in Dutch shipyard Amels' successful Limited Editions 180 line, 4You was commissioned by her previous owner and launched in 2012. She has undergone several refit and maintenance works in 2016, 2017, with the latest one held in April 2019.The yacht features exterior design by UK-based Tim Heywood and interiors by Italian studio Laura Sessa. She is trademarked with a large sundeck and six staterooms for accommodation of up to 12 guests. Similarly to her sisterships Astra and Apollo, 4You features a timeless light grey hull and white superstructure.Propelled by MTU 12V 2000 M70 engines, 4You can reach a top speed of 15.5 knots and cruises at 13 knots. At the time of sale, 4You was asking €29,500,000.In 2016, the yacht’s previous owner Kirill Pisarev (net worth estimated at $6.1 billion, Forbes) won a law suit against Moran Yacht & Ship over a claim on commission over his previous yacht, also named 4You. The 47-metre 2009 Hessen could accommodate 10 guests in 5 cabins and was said to be too small for the owner’s family. Mr Pisarev therefore decided to sell the yacht and to commission a 55m yacht from Amels. Following the sale, Mr Pisarev ended up in court after the brokerage agency who managed and crewed the yacht, Moran Yacht and Ship, argued they were owed a £615,000 commission on the deal, 4% of the sale price. Their claim was dismissed by the High Court in 2014, and on February 11th 2016 Lord Justice Christopher Clarke dismissed the motion once again, reaffirming Mr Pisarev's victory in this legal dispute.
May 23, 2019
German builder Abeking & Rasmussen has revealed its 80-metre superyacht project Excellence, formerly known as Project 6505. The mammoth superyacht set to become the yard's sixth largest vessel, was rolled out of her shed earlier this morning. The yacht had been built to a steel hull at the Szczecin shipyard in Poland, moved to Germany in February 2018. The UK-based design studio Winch Design was responsible for Excellence’ both exterior and interior designs.The yacht’s framework bases on the same technical platform as that of the 81-metre Grace (ex. Kibo). She features a 12.6 metre beam and a maximum draught of 3.5 metres. Still, key trademarks of Excellence include vast expanses of glass on the three upper decks and a double-height effect, blurring the distinction between the upper deck and the panoramic skylounge. Excellence will offer accommodation to up to 14 guests.The yacht was commissioned by an experienced owner, with her delivery expected on time for the summer season, after completion of outfitting on-board and the official launch. Meanwhile, the most recent launch of a 70-metre-plus vessel was conducted by Abeking in 2018, with 75-metre Elandess.
May 22, 2019
On 14th May 2019, the Port of Amsterdam finalised the acquisition of the former Holland Jachtbouw shipyard in Zaandamm. Subsequently, Dutch builder Royal Huisman has moved into the facilities on a long-term agreement, strengthening its business position in Amsterdam.Jan Timmerman, CEO of Royal Huisman highlights: Extending our facilities in the Amsterdam region, we will be able to properly meet the growing demand among current and new customers. This second shipyard will, over a longer period of time, serve as an excellent addition to our existing site in Vollenhove, both for new builds and for refits.The new facility will add extra 12,000 sqm to 58,000 sqm of new build and refit space, combined together to 70,000 square metres under the Huisfit brand. The company aims to generate high-quality jobs in, as well as bring innovation and craftsmanship to the Amsterdam region.Koen Overtoom, CEO at the Port of Amsterdam, explained to Superyachtnews:Our acquisition of the shipyard and the decision to lease it to Royal Huisman is a boost to the manufacturing industry, which adds significant value to our port. The arrival of Royal Huisman to the Amsterdam port region is one step further towards fulfilling our goal of becoming a superyacht hub. The Amsterdam area is highly sought-after by yacht manufacturers owing to its highly skilled workforce, international airport and the celebrated Dutch sense of enterprise.Meanwhile, the port of Amsterdam is gradually enhancing the region as a superyacht hub, with not only Royal Huisman, but also Feadship officially opening new facilities in Amsterdam earlier this month.The Amsterdam location will become the third one operated by Royal Huisman, alongside its facilities in Vollenhove and Emden. The recent projects by Royal Huisman included the refit of two of the world’s largest sailing yachts, Eos and Athena, with 93m EOA relaunched earlier this year.
May 22, 2019
Last week, British builder Princess Yachts launched the new 15.5-metre F50 flybridge yacht, the fifth one in the F Class line. The F Class range is conceived by the builder as vessels with innovative use of space, alongside with focus on design, manufacturing quality, stellar performance and sea-keeping.The yacht designed by Princess Design Studio and the builder’s long-time collaborator, naval architect Bernard Olesinski, will feature a top speed of 36 knots thanks to two Volvo IPS 800 engines.The design concept was developed with on-deck living in mind, allowing guests move easily between exterior and interior areas. The yacht offers accommodation for up to six guests below deck, within a full-beam en-suite master stateroom, a forward en-suite cabin and a twin. Natural light fills all of them from the sweeping hull glazing. The F50 is trademarked with spacious cockpit seating area connected to the aft galley. Forward of the galley, there lays the saloon with a U-shaped sofa and a dining table for six. The latter can also convert to a comfortable berth in the dining area when needed. The F50’ spacious foredeck boasts a luxurious sunpad, perfect for reclining and relaxing in a secluded bay. Techno wise, the dual-station instrumentation and latest Volvo-Garmin navigation and control systems enable helming the yacht from both the main deck and flybridge for precision manoeuvring. Princess X95The F50 joins the F45, F55, F62 and F70 in the all-new line-up of Princess Yachts’ F Class. The line will soon also be joined by the brand’s newest concept X95, the so called "luxury SUV of the seas".
May 22, 2019