Famously known as the world's largest yacht by gross tonnage, ie interior volume, the 156-meter Dilbar has redefined the notion of space in yachting. The third yacht to bear the same name, she was delivered by Lurssen to her Russian billionaire owner in 2017.
The first Dilbar superyacht to be delivered to Alisher Usmanov, a billionaire investor whose net worth was valued by Forbes at $16 billion, became a 66-meter Oceanco. Launched in 2005 by the Dutch shipyard, the first Dilbar was a significant step forward for the yard thanks to the 66-meter's innovative features such as her spa pool and beach club. Both well ahead of their time.
With an interior by Alberto Pinto, she became one of the most sought-after yachts on the water. Her rounded aft as well as her impressive 1,801GT of interior volume made her stand out from the crowd on the exterior. Inside, amenities included a private cinema, spacious cabins on the main deck, a vast dinning room and a salon with a piano.
Shortly prior to the delivery of his second Dilbar, Usmanov renamed the 66-meter to Ona in 2008 and subsequently put her on the brokerage market. The yacht was then sold in 2010 to US oil mogul, William Kallop at an asking price of €59.9 million.
Lately, Natita was in the press following her being seized by Goldman Sachs from Kallop and then sold. The American oil veteran had taken out a $32 million loan against Natita and his other yacht, the 57-meter Bad Girl, from Goldman before stopping to service it with nearly $28 million still left on it.
The investment bank thus decided to seize the 66-meter yacht from Kallop in Palm Beach and put her on the market. Goldman quickly offloaded Natita from their books by selling the yacht at a final price of $39.9 million, hence covering Kallop's remaining payment on the loan.
Usmanov's second Dilbar became a 110-meter superyacht out of Germany. A close sistership to Pelorus, she was launched by Lurssen in June 2008 and became the world's 17th largest yacht in the world. In addition to this, she also became one of the first yachts on the water to have particle filters on her main engine exhausts.
Known throughout her build as Project Opal, the 110-meter featured some similarities in interior design and amenities with the first Dilbar. A large Jacuzzi with a glass wall and water feature was installed forward of the sundeck with a lounging area around it, both on the 110-meter and the Oceanco. A lounge with a bar and piano was also incorporated into both yachts as well as a private cinema.
The scale of the new superyacht, however, allowed for some new, ameliorated features such as a large owner's office with several meeting areas and lounging area that opens onto the upper aft deck. A separate, executive conference room was also built onboard with an unbeatable view onto the sea through floor-to-ceiling windows. Other improvements include a spacious gym and spa area.
After several years near the top of the list of the world's largest yachts, the Dilbar name leapfrogged onto the number spot with the delivery of the 156-meter behemoth that is now the fleet's flagship. One of yachting's most anticipated projects ever, Dilbar was launched in 2016 and boasted a gross tonnage of 15,917 confirmed by the shipyard.
Around the same time, the 110-meter was renamed from Dilbar to Ona and put on the brokerage market according to landing pages that had then sprung up on websites of superyacht brokers. These have since been taken offline, however, it is yet unknown if the owner of the 110-meter changed or if these simply updated their marketing strategy.
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With an exterior design by Espen Oeino, Dilbar now has a gross tonnage of 15,917 tons, hence topping Al Said's 15,850 tons and Azzam's 13,136 tons. Notably, all three of these voluminous yachts were built by Lurssen that has kept fortifying its position as the main destination for megayacht construction.
Impressive facts about the new Dilbar flagship include her beam of 23 meters as well as her deep, 6-meter draft. Onboard over 1,100km of cables were stretched for all of the required wiring and set up. According to the shipyard, 3,800 square meters of living space were built on Dilbar.
Built in under 52 months from the time of signing of the contract to delivery, Dilbar was also the largest yacht ever to feature a diesel electric power plant from an engineering standpoint. This lets the 156-meter yacht get up to a cruising speed of 22.5 knots. Her hull and superstructure represented near 10,000 square meters of faired surfaces.
Ever since her delivery in 2016, Dilbar has drawn the attention of worldwide press as well as social media users around the globe. Her travels throughout the Mediterranean have hence been essentially documented by enthusiasts around the world with her photos now having been taken from nearly every possible angle.
In early 2017, it was reported that a 160-meter berth, the largest in the world, was sold in OneOcean Port Vell, Barcelona. Although the name of the acquirer of the long term lease that is set to last until 2036 wasn't released, Dilbar is statistically the only yacht that could have used the berth to its full potential, which it has indeed done during the off season.
Fully renovated in 2014 through a €100 million investment led by the UK-based Salamanca Group, OneOcean Port Vell has become a hype destination for large superyachts in recent quarters thanks to its newly built amenities. In 2017, they had reported a 742% spike in visits of 100m+ yachts. Later that year, the marina was acquired by Qatari investment bank, QInvest together with an investment fund beneficially owned by Russian billionaire, Vagit Alekperov.
Currently Russia's fifth richest man with a net worth of $16 billion according to Forbes, Alisher Usmanov was also featured as one of the most powerful people in the world on their 2016 ranking. Primarily known in yachting through the Dilbar fleet, Usmanov is best known in business circles as the main shareholder of USM Holdings.
USM's initial equity stakes primarily stem from the metal and industrial sectors. These have, however, over time diversified and now also include ownership of Megafon, one of Russia's largest telecom operators. To the United Kingdom, Usmanov is best known as one of the co-owners of the Arsenal football club.
To the tech community, Usmanov is one of the most successful investors in modern history, having made investments into companies such as Facebook, Alibaba and Mail.ru.
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Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven and The A group developed a 115 metre explorer concept. The extraordinary Apex has a range of 9000 miles, carries two 20 metre tenders and a helicopter in its own hangar.Apex is a 115-metre long and 18.50-metre wide full custom yacht with a volume of around 8000 gross tons. The robust exterior of the explorer was developed by The A Group from Monaco, the naval architecture comes from Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven, where Apex will also be built. The concept behind this extraordinary yacht is called "without limits". No area is too remote or too rough for Apex not to reach. André Stegmann, Senior Project Manager at Lloyd Werft, comments: “Apex meets the demand of today's customers for stable, spacious and at the same time extremely robust yachts par excellence: the bow, which is almost four decks high, can cope with the heaviest weather and is also ice-going.” Up to 22 guests and 48 crew members travel on board and could cruise up to 9000 nautical miles non-stop at 16 knots. The exterior of Apex explains Matt Pegrum, Yachting Director at The A group, as follows: “It is characterized by large open spaces, especially at the stern. Standout features are two extra large and 20 metre long tenders parked to the side of the superstructure and launched via cranes and the infinity pool that forms the transition from the helipad to the party deck.” Even the side walls of the 12-metre pool are glazed and extend over the height of nearly an entire deck. Contrary to the rather open stern view, Apex gets a massive bow giving the explorer a powerful identity as well as a "ship-like" character and ensuring Apex safely reaches her destination even in very rough conditions on open sea. The yacht's exterior look is also defined by large window areas consisting of the largest panes ever used on a yacht. Behind the glazing, Apex's superstructures provides 2400 square metres of luxurious living space for owners and guests. The interior design will be completely customized to the owner’s requests. The A group developed an extremely progressive and unparalleled general arrangement for Apex that already amazes in the aft section. Beneath the fully certified helipad Apex shows a dedicated hangar for the helicopter to safely carry it even in adverse conditions. Also at aft and waterline level you will find the spa area including gym and massage room; a multifunctional room a bit further in front can be used as an infirmary. Guests sleep on the main or upper deck, with two of the four VIP suites each sharing a private saloon. The owner uses his own deck with dressing rooms, bathrooms, an office and a lounge, from which he has direct access to the party area and the infinity pool at the stern. Very remarkable are the two salons of Apex. On the upper deck, it has a spacious dining table for up to 26 guests. On the main deck, there is a cinema/conference room to port and an entertainment area to starboard with various game tables, including one for pool or snooker.Credits: Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven
September 22, 2021
Just a few days after the announcement of the construction “on speculation” of a second RSY 38m EXP, a letter of intent has been issued and signed.This is the second LOI signed in few days after the already announced one for a 40m Explorer signed during the Cannes Yachting Festival.In that case the owners are European sailing enthusiasts.“The owners of this second 38 metre were enchanted by the sturdiness of the boat with its ample volumes and efficient use of space. During the sea-trial the silence of the interiors and especially the sensation of being aboard a sailing boat while relaxing on the balcony of the owner’s suite, were the decisive factors in their choice. Naval architect Sergio Cutolo and his team in Hydro Tec will once again work alongside us for the naval engineering, the design of the exteriors and the layout of the interiors. Delivery is planned for August 2023,” said Andrea Giora, Sales & Marketing Director.Motor yacht Emocean, the first RSY 38m EXP and the first yacht ever to have been built by the Rosetti Marino Group and its subsidiary Rosetti Superyachts Spa, premiered at the Cannes Yachting Festival 2021 has been welcomed as a sensation by experts and public, so much as to have been recognized with the coveted award “Revelation of the year” at the 2021 World Yacht Trophies.“By displaying Emocean at the Cannes Yachting Festival, we have attracted the attention of boat owners who are looking for an extremely reliable shipyard. Rosetti Marino Group’s experience in building commercial vessels, strengthened by ongoing investments and all those skills developed and enhanced by converting our experience to pleasure yachting, will allow us to satisfy the requirements of the market niche that believes us to be their best answer,” concluded Ermanno Bellettini, Chairman & Ceo of Rosetti Superyachts. Rosetti Superyachts is an italian shipyard founded in 1925, located in the famous city of Ravenna, builds ocean-class steel boats 40-50 meters long.Credits: Rosetti Superyachts
September 22, 2021
Turkish shipyard Venture Yachts announces the launch and delivery of its latest largest boat to the owner. Abydos, built from carbon composite fiber, is 43.9 meters long and has a beam 8.4 meters. Her gross tonnage is 372 GT.The interior and exterior design was developed by Omega Architects, while her naval architecture was created by Laurent Giles Superyacht Architects.On two decks of the yacht there are five cabins that can accommodate 11 guests. Abydos is powered by twin MTU 12V 4000 M93L diesel engines, giving her a maximum speed of 24 knots and a cruising speed of 11 knots. Yacht's maximum range is estimated at 3,600 nautical miles.Venture Yachts is a shipyard founded by a naval architect and marine engineers with experience in yacht building; especially in custom composite motor yachts. With in-house engineering capabilities and project management experience gained from numerous projects ranging from 24 to 60 meters, Venture Yachts promises a well-designed and engineered custom yacht for every single project.Credits: Venture Yachts
September 22, 2021
Feadship will unveil its latest Feadship Future Concept at the 2021 Monaco Yacht Show. Synthesising the very latest thinking on how owners and their guests actually enjoy their time on superyachts, the 81.75m Pure is also fully future-compatible in terms of likely developments over the next decade in propulsion and efficiency.From X-stream in 2006 to Choice in 2016, Feadship regularly made waves in the superyacht sector by releasing a Future Concept. These deep dives into the likely requirements of the next generation of owners by Feadship’s designers and naval architects were all based on client’s feedback, long brainstorming sessions and in-depth research studies. An impressive number of the ideas posited by these groundbreaking concepts have since seen the light of day on Feadship builds including the hybrid propulsion pioneered by F-stream, the low fuel consumption suggested by Breathe and the desire for eco-friendly design showcased by Aeon.Five years on, a meeting of the finest Feadship minds in terms of design, engineering, innovation and construction has resulted in the striking Future Concept Pure. Featuring the purest architecture both in its sculptural exterior profile and stunning open-plan interior, Pure is designed to offer a true sense of connectivity and togetherness for all who come aboard. Every aspect of this Future Concept is based on feasible elements that Feadship is certain could be built tomorrow with adventurous clients, including the lower deck command centre which replaces the traditional bridge.Designers Jan Schaffers and Tanno Weeda will be at the Feadship stand in Monaco and will explain the technologies and explore the potential with fascinated visitors. More details on Pure will be released very soon. 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 the Netherlands’ most elite yacht builders and delivers superyachts from 50–100+ meters in length.Credits: Feadship
September 21, 2021
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September 21, 2021