Eclipse Eclipsed: World’s Largest Superyacht Launched

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The world’s largest private-owned superyacht, costing an estimated £450 million, was officially launched in Germany today, announces Boat International Media.

Code-named “Project Azzam”, this 590ft long superyacht is believed to have been built for a Saudi billionaire. It dwarfs Eclipse, the current holder of “the world’s biggest private yacht”, owned by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, by 57ft.

Designed by Italian yacht designers Nauta Yacht Design, and built by Lurssen in Germany, this 180m giant is said to be capable of a top speed of 30 knots (nearly 35mph) thanks to four immensely powerful engines using water-jet drives.

Tim Thomas, Editor of the world’s leading superyacht magazine Boat International, said: “Billionaires like to play the mine’s-bigger-than-yours game, and Project Azzam is the ultimate trump-card. Lurssen is one of the world’s most prestigious yacht builders, and we expect Project Azzam to feature the full complement of ultra-luxurious facilities.”

Billionaires are notoriously secretive about their yachts, but similar-sized superyachts are known to feature luxuries such as on-board cinemas (with their own sweet shops), basketball courts, gold baths, saunas and snow-rooms, helicopter pads, hair-salons, health-spas, and submarines. One yacht owner even specified an oven big enough to fit an entire camel! A yacht this size is likely to have a crew of 60 people or more, from technicians to chefs to hostesses.

To find out more visit http://www.boatinternational.com/2013/04/05/lurssen-launches-project-azzam-the-worlds-largest-private-yacht/

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About Boat International Media

Boat International Media is the world’s leading media group servicing the superyacht industry, publishing the world’s best superyacht magazines and luxury books. It organises high quality events, and provides digital media services and data to owners and professionals in the superyacht industry. Boat International Media produces more than 1.4 million magazines each year, which sell in more than 57 countries worldwide and are published in six languages.

For further information regarding this press release please contact Zira Skeats, Head of Digital Marketing on: zira.skeats(at)boatinternationalmedia(dot)com

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