The 76-meter Ebony Shine, reportedly owned by Teodorin Obiang, vice-president and son of the president of Equatorial Guinea, was seized by Dutch authorities in The Netherlands on December 2nd at the request of Swiss courts according to L'Hebdo.
According to the publication, the Swiss government had already been investigating Teodorin Obiang for some time due to alleged money laundering charges, seizing 11 cars from him back in November. A spokesman for the Malabo government however denied claims that Teodorin Obiang was the owner of those cars and yachts, explaining to L'Hebdo that those were owned by the State of Equatorial Guinea.
Ebony Shine was launched by Feadship's De Vries yard in 2009 as Ocean Victory for Victor Rashnikov according to Forbes Russia. In July 2013, she was listed for sale ahead of the delivery of the 140-meter Ocean Victory and was eventually sold in 2014 at an asking price of $120 million. After the sale, the yacht was renamed to Ebony Shine.
The 76-meter yacht had arrived to the shipyard in Makkum for a refit programme back in October 2015 and just finished her extensive refit in November of this year. As the Ebony Shine was departing for Equatorial Guinea, she was seized at the first lock she tried to pass according to L'Hebdo's sources.
The flagship of the fleet of Equatorial Guinea however remains the 90-meter Ice. Originally built as Air for Augusto Perfetti, co-owner of brands such as Mentos and Chupa Chups according to Bilan, the yacht was sold to Russian billionaire, Suleiman Kerimov who renamed her to Ice. Since then, the yacht was reportedly sold in 2015 to the State of Equatorial Guinea. In mid-November, Ice has moved from Gibraltar to Tanger, Morocco according to Marinetraffic data.
Photos by Dutch Yachting and DrDuu.
The 95m Bliss has left the Feadship yard in Makkum and will be transported to the North Sea for her first sea trials. The yacht was launched in May 2021. Her exterior is made by Jan Schaffers of Studio De Voogt. She has state-of-the-art technology and engineering covering all onboard systems. Advanced security and life-safety systems have been discretely incorporated and De Voogt Naval Architects has been heavily involved in the design and engineering of the hybrid propulsion system to enable the yacht to sail in diesel-electric mode. The interior is made by Rémi Tessier. She has nine luxurious guest cabins, large lounges, and an extensive gym and wellness area. Bliss is fully equipped and certified to cruise Polar regions, anchor in deep water, or keep position with her dynamic positioning system. She has a top speed of 17 knots and a range of 6000 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 12 knots.Feadship was formed as a group in 1949 as a marketing partnership between six Dutch shipyards, de Vries Lentch, Van de Stadt, Witsen & Vis, Akerboom, De Vries Scheepsbouw and Van Lent Shipyard, and De Voogt Naval Architects. Feadship is well-known as one of Netherlands’ most elite yacht builders and delivers superyachts from 50–100+ meters in length.Credits: Feadship
June 23, 2021
Lürssen has announced the successful launch and unveiling of project JAG. She was launched on 22 June 2021 in the traditional fashion: down the slipway! She is built for a very experienced repeat client, who upgraded from his former 96m Lürssen yacht.JAG’s build was supervised by Moran Yacht & Ship, who have a long-standing relationship with the client. For them, as well as for the long-time captain Kyle Fultz, it is the third Lürssen yacht for the same owner, whom they have supported with their vast combined experience.Exterior designer Nuvolari-Lenard has given JAG very harmonious proportions, and with a length of 122m (including bow sprit) and a beam of 17.80m she boasts extraordinary volumes, accommodating all of the owner’s requirements whilst still maintaining sleek and elegant lines. Her interior, designed by Reymond Langton, is a beautiful, bespoke homage to the owner’s lifestyle when on board his yacht.Lürssen is a German shipyard with headquarters in Bremen-Vegesack and shipbuilding facilities in Lemwerder, Berne and Bremen-Aumund. Founded in 1875, Lürssen is one of the world's leading builders of custom luxury superyachts and has launched many of the largest yachts in the global fleet, including Octopus, Rising Sun, and Azzam.Credits: Lürssen/Klaus Jordan
June 22, 2021
Leoni Design Workshop (LDWO) have shown their newest design concept. The 49m Etere has an aluminium hull and superstructure. The superyacht will have five spacious decks. Because of the close to nature concept Etere features the full height windows in the main saloon and in the dining room. She can accommodate ten guests in five cabins and will be operated by a crew of nine. The large master suite also has a private terrace.She also features an aft deck beach lounge, with integrated sofas. There are two configurations available. The first offers a lounge area on the main deck aft, and an interior beach club area. The second one has an open beach club and an open-planned lounge space and an infinity pool.Etere will have a top speed of 19 knots and a cruising speed of 17.5 knots. She will have a range of 4,000 nautical miles at 10 knots.Credits: LDWO
June 22, 2021
Gulf Craft delivers another Majesty 100, named Konfeta. Wholly manufactured at the in-house design and production facility of Gulf Craft, the Majesty 100 will set off for the Turquoise Coast in Turkey and will cruise further on to the Mediterranean Sea following her summer berthing in Turkey.Hull 10 of the Majesty 100 was designed to the specifications of the owner and stands out for her exquisite exterior and interior design offering ample onboard space as well as a sky lounge on the upper deck.With folding balconies on both sides of the cockpit, the Majesty 100’s interior features include floor-to-ceiling glazing in the main deck saloon and five spacious staterooms that can accommodate ten guests and five crew members. Her raised wheelhouse has 270-degree vertical glass panels, a design-first by Gulf Craft, which offers the captain unobstructed views of the seascapes.“Every superyacht manufactured at Gulf Craft is the result of precision design and engineering, and careful attention to detail. The Majesty 100 has been one of our most sought-after models and raises the bar in terms of performance as well as exterior and interior features. With the new delivery, we are honored to take Gulf Craft’s flag to more exotic destinations,” says Mohammed Alshaali, Gulf Craft Chairman.Gulf Craft CEO Talal Nasralla added: “Since the Majesty 100 was launched at the 2017 Dubai International Boat Show, she has become one of Gulf Craft’s best-selling superyachts.”Made of fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP), making her lightweight at 199 Gross Tons, the 31.7m Majesty 100 is powered by twin MAN 1,900 horsepower engines reaching a top speed of 20 knots. Since the company’s inception in 1982, Gulf Craft has grown to become one of the top seven shipyards in the world: once a builder of small fishing boats in modest premises, a genuine passion for the sealed Gulf Craft, they then established their credentials as a leader of innovation and technology in the yachting industry. With five brands in the product portfolio, ranging from 31 to 175 feet, Gulf Craft manufactures yachts and boats that appeal to a wide audience such as touring passenger vessels, Silvercraft family day boats, Oryx Sport Cruisers, Nomad Explorer Yachts, and the flagship Majesty Yachts.Credits: Gulf Craft
June 22, 2021
This weekend Baltic Yachts in Pietarsaari, Finland launched the sailing yacht Perseverance. This yacht is an advanced composite 117 Custom Classic sloop from the board of renowned Dutch designers Dykstra Naval Architects.She has distinctive pilot cutter-style features, including a straight stem, bowsprit, counter stern and deep bulwarks, but a very modern approach to emissions and the environment.With an electric propulsion system powered by a lithium ion battery bank this global cruising yacht will be able to operate in ‘silent’ mode for long periods.Her ‘light and contemporary’ interior was made by Dutch design studio, deVosdeVries. The yacht is designed with an owner’s suite forward and three double guest cabins.Perseverance will now be prepared for sea trials in readiness for delivery to her owner. Baltic Yachts was founded in 1973 with a clear objective to build better yachts that are lighter, stiffer, and faster. With more than 550 yachts launched, that objective has been continuously met.Credits: Baltic Yachts
June 21, 2021