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190-metre ultra-luxury cruise ship by Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel has announced itineraries and shore excursions for its Luxury Yacht...
U.S. blocked from seizing $250 million 91.5-metre superyacht Equanimity
Equanimity is 91.5-metre yacht built by Oceanco and delivered in 2014. Her owner is Malaysian...
23.47-metre military-designed Tactical 77 yacht project sold
Tactical 77 is 23.47-metre new-build project recently sold to American client by Canadian yard...
114-metre half-billion megayacht Luna seized in Dubai
Luna is a 114.2-metre superyacht built by Lloyd Werft and delivered to Roman Abramovich in...
66-metre concept Griffin by Fincantieri
Italian yard Fincantieri has revealed their latest concept at the 2018 Singapore Yacht Show -...
49.5-metre Columbus S50 sold by Palumbo Superyachts
Columbus S50 is a 49.5-metre yacht project sold by The Palumbo Superyachts, with an estimated...
41-metre Oasis 135 superyacht by Benetti
Italian yard Benetti has introduced their latest 41-metre model in the Class product line - Oasis...
85-metre O'Ptasia launched in Greece
The 85-metre superyacht O’Ptasia has been launched Golden Yachts in Greece. Studio...
Largest superyacht ever built in China
88.5-metre yacht Illusion Plus was launched by Chinese yard Pride Mega Yachts on April 11...
100-metre explorer yacht concept by Gresham Yacht Design
Gresham Yacht Design is excited to present its latest superyacht design, Exploris. The...
As Privilege Yacht's CEO under arrest, facility being auctioned
The Privilege Yachts shipyard encompasses 12 hectares of land granted by the Port of Civitavecchia,...
71-metre yacht Victoria launched by AES Yachts
Turkish yard AES Yachts  launched the 71-metre superyacht Victoria. The yacht will next...
77-metre Nobiskrug superyacht project sold
German shipyard Nobiskrug has just signed a new 77-metre project, with the buyer introduced by...
Amels 55-metre Project 472 launched
Dutch yard Amels has launched their latest yacht - 55-metre Project 472.  Sold with...
50-metre motorsailer Meira launched
Turkish yard Neta Marine has launched their 50-metre motorsailer yacht Meira. Evan K Marshall...
Man killed in Miami Beach boat incident
A 25 year-old charter guest onboard the 91ft yacht, Miami Vice was killed after being struck by the...
One of the fastest yacht ever built
Built by Spanish yard Izar, 41.51-metre Foners was launched back in 2000. It was gifted...
YPI to bring record number of yachts to the Palma Superyacht Show
YPI is proud to present a record number of yachts at this year’s Palma Superyacht Show, the...
49-metre Benetti yacht Elaldrea+ launched
Italian yard Benetti has launched 49-metre custom yacht previously known as Project Zafiro, which...
52-metre yacht KD launched by Sanlorenzo
Italian yard, Sanlorenzo has confirmed the launch of their second yacht in the 52Steel line and...
Singapore Yacht Show 2018
The Singapore Yacht Show is Asia’s leading yacht and luxury show - the only one fully supported...
One of the fastest yachts in the world: Galeocerdo
Galeocerdo was built by Wally in 2003 as WallyPower for Luca Bassani, the founder of Wally. He...
Oyster Yachts acquired by Richard Hadida
Oyster Yachts, the struggling UK shipyard, has been bailed out of administration by gaming software...
Oceanco : Black Pearl delivered
The 106.7m (350ft) three-masted sailing yacht Black Pearl is unlike any yacht the world has ever...

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114-metre half-billion megayacht Luna seized in Dubai
Luna is a 114.2-metre superyacht built by Lloyd Werft and delivered to Roman Abramovich in 2010. In 2014 the yacht was sold to Azerbaijani billionaire Farkhad Akhmedov for €240,000,000. In 2015-2016 Luna had a €50,000,000 refit. Works included a new paint job, fairing of the hull for the first time, 2 meter lengthening to improve the balance of the yacht. The spa area and beach club were also refitted, larger windows were added for more light coming in. All the engines were overhauled, plus all the tenders were replaced. In February 2016 Luna left Bremerhaven, with first destination Norway. In the winter of 2017/2018 Luna was sent to Dubai for additional works. Recently, Luna has been impounded in the Dubai, United Arab Emirates by the authorities as billionaire Farkhad Akhmedov and his ex-wife Tatiana Akhmedova are fighting for control of the asset. It follows a British court ruling that Akhmedov owes his ex-spouse $567 million and as she seeks his global assets to get her share of the settlement. She claims that he has been hiding his money to avoid paying her. Forbes says the net worth of Akhmedov, who started his business career selling sable furs, was $1.4 billion which he made after he sold shares in the Russian company ZAO Northgas in 2012. He was included last year on the U.S. Treasury blacklist of Russian businessmen and companies that had close links to Vladimir Putin.However, Straight Establishment, which is the family trust for Akhmedov, is appealing for the vessel to be released after a ruling by the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts, Reuters reported on Thursday. Akhmedova’s lawyer, Dakis Hagen Q.C., said the yacht had its flag transferred to the Cayman Islands and then to a Panamanian company in 2014. The previous year, the couple’s marriage had broken down.Luna has the world’s largest swimming pool on a superyacht as well as two helipads. It can host 18 guests and 50 crew. Luna’s seven generators output a total of 15,000hp and the power electric motors are coupled to each shaft. There are more than 80 TVs on board. She can cut through ice on speed of 21 knots and has such generators power that they can run a town of 25,000 people.
190-metre ultra-luxury cruise ship by Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel has announced itineraries and shore excursions for its Luxury Yacht Collection. Three luxury cruising yachts are scheduled to sail in 2020. Ritz-Carlton will start taking reservation from May 21 from its loyalty members and those of its parent company Marriott International. The very first voyage will sail out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Feb. 1, 2020, for a 8-night cruise in the Caribbean. The yacht will travel to Bimini, Bahamas, and Key West, Florida, before returning to Fort Lauderdale.In its inaugural season, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection will offer 40 different voyages, most ranging from 7 to 10 nights. Number of experiences will be available, such as visiting a renowned winery in Bordeaux, France, learning how baby oysters are grown in a private farm in Sete, France or even emeeting with a spiritual shaman in the Grenadines. The shore excursions will be grouped into five categories: Iconic Sights (art and culture); Stirring the Senses (wellness); Cultural Connections (wild life); Active Explorations; and Epicurean Experiences. The trips “illustrate our commitment to providing rare opportunities to today’s luxury traveler,” said Lisa Holladay, global brand leader for The Ritz-Carlton, in a statement.The unique designed yachts will measure 190 meters, with 149 suites accommodating up to 298 passengers, which is more like superyacht than an actual cruise ship. Each stateroom has its own private terrace. The yachts will also feature two 158-square-meter penthouses, each with its own private whirlpool, modern craftsmanship and interior finishes jointly designed by The Ritz-Carlton and design firm Tillberg Design of Sweden. Prices have not yet been released.
85-metre O'Ptasia launched in Greece
The 85-metre superyacht O’Ptasia has been launched Golden Yachts in Greece. Studio Vafiadis is responsible for interior and exterior design, with naval architecture by N Hellas. O’Ptasia will join the list of the top 200 largest superyachts in the world. O’Ptasia can accommodate guests in 11 cabins - 3 twin and 8 double cabins, including an owner’s suite on upper deck of 95 square meters with 180-degree views and 85 square meters VIP suite with a private cinema room. Other key features on board O’Ptasia include a large beach club complete with wellness and spa centre, an elevator servicing all decks, and a fully equipped gym on the bridge deck. The central superyacht elevator provides quick access between all four decks, while the foredeck helipad allows guests to arrive in style. Tender garage includes 3 Seadoos, a 6-metre Novurania catamaran, a 4.4-metre Avon RIB and 8-metre Chris Craft tender and a lot of water toys. Powered with twin 3,386hp Caterpillar engines with a top speed of 16 knots, while the built-in stabiliser system should ensure a smooth cruising experience, both underway and at anchor. O'Ptasia will be available for charter through Atalanta Golden Yachts starting from € 800,000 per week.
U.S. blocked from seizing $250 million 91.5-metre superyacht Equanimity
Equanimity is 91.5-metre yacht built by Oceanco and delivered in 2014. Her owner is Malaysian financier, Jho Low. Previously, Equanimity was seized by the request of the US Government and then was in the spotlight of the US Government. Recently, an Indonesian court blocked U.S. efforts control a $250 million yacht connected to fraud scandal, on the basis that its arrest off the resort island of Bali was invalid and saying the vessel should be returned to its owner. The U.S. Justice Department contends that the Equanimity was acquired with money stolen in fraudulent schemes linked to the state investment fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd. The Indonesian judge said that the seizure of the yacht in Bali by Indonesian police acting at the request of U.S. authorities was “invalid and legally baseless.” The judge ruled the seizure was invalid on a technicality. He said the U.S. request didn’t follow a 2006 law on mutual legal assistance because it didn’t go to the Justice Ministry, but directly to police. The ruling can’t be appealed.Equanimity is owned by a trust that is controlled by a Malaysian financier, Jho Low, who the Justice Department alleges is a central player in a $4.5 billion fraud that involved siphoning money from 1MDB. The fund was set up by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in 2009 and is the focus of investigations in half a dozen countries. Both 1MDB and Mr. Najib have denied wrongdoing and said they would cooperate with any lawful international investigation. Multiple investigations in Malaysia into 1MDB closed without finding wrongdoing. Indonesian police said they accept the verdict and will soon turn over the 300-foot, Cayman Islands-flagged vessel to its owner, Equanimity (Cayman) Ltd. The U.S. Embassy in Jakarta referred queries to the Justice Department. The department didn’t respond to requests for comment. In a statement to Yacht Harbour, a spokeswoman for Equanimity's owner said:"Claimants, the owners of Equanimity, welcome the Indonesian court's ruling, which upholds the rule of law and confirms that the FBI-instigated seizure of the vessel was improper and unlawful. The incident is yet another example of the unjustified global overreach by the U.S. Government, which has gone to extreme and improper lengths to seize assets around the world while steadfastly avoiding having to prove that there are any merits to its case."Indonesian police came aboard the Equanimity in Bali on Feb. 28 after the vessel had cruised Southeast Asian waters for months. FBI agents and Indonesian police searched the vessel and its computers and interrogated crew members. The boat has stayed in Bali with a crew on board while the case moved through the courts. Lawyers for Equanimity (Cayman) Ltd. said that the seizure didn’t follow Indonesian law on providing mutual assistance to foreign law-enforcement agencies. The U.S. has sought via civil lawsuits in California, since mid-2016, to seize almost $2 billion in assets allegedly bought with money stolen from 1MDB, including mansions, a Bombardier jet and royalties from the film “The Wolf of Wall Street.” The Equanimity is the largest single asset. The U.S. has asserted in court filings that U.S. laws were broken in the larger 1MDB case, and that gives it rights to those assets. The Justice Department had hoped to quickly transport the boat to the U.S. to sell. In the U.S., the government has filed a civil asset forfeiture case against the Equanimity, which means that the asset cannot be sold until the case is resolved. To take possession of the boat, the government has to prove it was bought with stolen money. All asset forfeitures tied to the 1MDB case are technically on hold, because the government asked for a temporary stay on all 17 cases while it completes a parallel criminal investigation into 1MDB affair and all dealings related.
23.47-metre military-designed Tactical 77 yacht project sold
Tactical 77 is 23.47-metre new-build project recently sold to American client by Canadian yard Tactical Custom Boats. With unique hull shape design, aggressive pseudo-military exterior styling and luxurious accommodations inside by American studio Bill Prince Yacht Design, this go-anywhere all-aluminium yacht will be built at Tactical’s shipyard in British Columbia, focusing on speed and comfort. Key features will include gyroscopic stabilisers, a folding transom that allows superyacht water toys launch without the davit crane, the most modern electronics and lightweight carbon fibre in the interior. Tactical Custom Boats is a brand of Platinum Marine and Crescent Custom Yachts, specializing in high performance aluminum boats designed for speed, comfort, and safety in all operating conditions . Tactical 77 is due to be delivered in 2019.

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