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This is the moment the world's largest private yacht took to the sea. Azzam, which was built by German firm Lurssen, is a staggering 590 feet long - a £400million floating palace which has knocked Roman Abramovich off the owners' top spot. It was officially unveiled for the first time in April following three years at the shipbuilder's docks in Bremen.
World beater: The yacht Azzam is 590 feet long and cost a staggering £400million
Yachtspotters have now photographed Azzam, believed to have been ordered by a Middle-Eastern billionaire, being tested on the North Sea.
Azzam has taken pole position as the world's largest yacht off Eclipse, a 533-foot boat owned by Roman Abramovich.
It can travel in excess of 30 knots, with power coming from a combination of two gas turbines and two diesel engines with a total of 94,000 horsepower.
Majestic: Believed to have been pictured in the North Sea, the yacht was first unveiled back in April
Speed as well as size: Experts claim the megayacht reached a speed of 31.5 knots during its trials - making it by far the fastest in the world
Peter Seyfferth, from TheYachtPhoto.com, said: 'During the three days of trials, Azzam reached an amazing top speed of 31.5 knots, making her not only the longest but also by far the fastest megayacht in the world.
AZZAM'S VITAL STATISTICS
Speed: Over 30 knots - it hit 31.5 in trials
'Such a speed is absolutely exceptional for a yacht of this size.
'Her elegant, sleek lines are another feature which distinguish Azzam from all the other yachts above 150 metres.'
Mubarak Saad al Ahbabi was the engineer behind the megayacht, and assembled a team to work on the ultra-sophisticated project.
He was told by the yacht's secret buyer to build a vessel which was innovative and had a timeless design which would be able to travel at high speed and in shallow waters.
The exterior design, which has been described as 'surprisingly slender' was carried out by Nauta Yachts, with interior designer Christophe Leoni working on Azzam's inside.
Azzam is expected to be delivered to its owner later this year.
Labour of love: The megayacht spent three years at the shipbuilder's docks in Bremen, and has been praised for its sleek lines
Seen this, Abramovich? Azzam has taken the top spot as the world's largest yacht off Eclipse, owned by the Russian billionaire
Ready to serve: The vessel will be delivered to its owner, believed to be a Middle-Eastern billionaire, later in 2013
Lurssen, which is building Azzam, has refused to discuss the top secret yacht although rumours in the industry are that is being build for Saudi billionaire Al-Waleed bin Talal. Al-Waleed, 57, is worth around £10billion and a member of the Saudi royal family. If he is the owner, he is thought to have ordered the new toy as a replacement for his Kingdom 5KR yacht, which he has enjoyed for the past 20-years.
Ousted: But Mr Abramovich is about to lose his title as the owner of the world's largest private yacht - after this incredible vessel was spotted in Germany last month
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Sailing into the record books: The £400m, 590ft super-yacht that's going to put Roman Abramovich's nose out of joint. New mega-yacht took four years to design and build and is largest in world. Called Azzam, it has been built for a mystery client whom some say is Saudi. Chelsea owner Abramovich's 533ft Eclipse now just second-largest in world
It is the largest private yacht ever built and is set to launch a new round of one-upmanship among the world's super-rich.
At 590ft, Azzam is 57ft longer than Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich's superyacht Eclipse.
The Chelsea owner's vessel had been the world's biggest yacht – until Azzam's launch in Germany yesterday.
For the playboy who has everything: Azzam the £400m superyacht blows everything else out of the water
Ownership of the £400million craft is shrouded in secrecy but it is rumoured to have been paid for by a member of the Saudi royal family, Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud.
Longer than 12 double-decker buses, not only is Azzam the biggest superyacht, it is also expected to be one of the fastest. The 94,000 horsepower vessel could reach speeds of more than 30 knots, or 35mph.
The size of superyachts has grown as billionaires compete to own the largest and its builders boast that Azzam, which means dedication in Arabic, is the 'most complex and challenging yacht that has ever been built'.
It was designed by Nauta Yachts and constructed in Bremen by Lurssen.
The firm's Peter Lurssen said: 'She truly represents another milestone in yachting history.'
Little is known about the interior of the yacht, which will require a staff of 50 and will be delivered to its owner later this year.
But it is likely to match the luxury of Abramovich's Eclipse, which features an armour-plated master suite, two swimming pools, two helipads, a hall, a cinema, a mini-submarine and even its own missile defence system.
Longer than some cruise ships: Azzam is described as the 'most complex and challenging yacht' ever built
No expense spared: New super-yacht Azzam has taken one year to design and three years to build
Abramovich has owned Eclipse, which is valued at £740million, since it was launched in 2010. It took the title of world's biggest private yacht from the 454ft Rising Sun, owned by American businessman Larry Ellison, which in turn took over from the 414ft Octopus, owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.
Prince Alwaleed, who is said to be worth around £10billion, already has Nabil, a yacht formerly owned by Saudi Arabian arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi, in his fleet.
If he is confirmed as the owner of Azzam, it will be the second time the 58-year-old has got the better of Abramovich.
The 46-year-old Russian was denied a berth at Antibes harbour on the French Riviera in 2011 as the prince had docked another of his yachts, the 265ft Kingdom 5KR, in the last remaining space.
Eclipse's crew pleaded for a berth but were eventually forced to drop anchor at sea and travel to the Russian's villa on a motorboat.
Azzam's design suggests it has been built for a buyer in the Middle East as it has about 50 suites but no large open spaces on deck, said TheYachtPhoto's Peter Seyfferth.
'I have never seen an Arab-owned yacht with big parties and girls round the pool like the Russians have,' he said.
'It is unlikely it will leave its dock very often. It is more of a question of prestige, to have the world's largest yacht.'
You wouldn't want to turn around in a hurry: Azzam is 54ft longer than Abramovich's yacht Eclipse
Abramovich's yacht Eclipse is smaller but boasts essentials such as two heliports,several jacuzzis and bulletproof glass
Plenty of room for the crew: The mystery buyer, whom some suspect may be a Saudi Royal, will have rooms to spare. At 590.6ft long, Azzam is longer than 12 double-decker buses parked end-to-end. At her widest point, known as the beam, Azzam measures 68.2ft, while her hull is 15.8ft deep. She's heavier than Eclipse, too, with an estimated gross tonnage of 14,000GT - roughly equivalent to 1,750 adult African elephants.
Powered by two gas turbines and two diesel engines, she will boast an impressive 94,000 horsepower and a top speed in excess of 30 knots.
The world's largest super-yacht, Azzam, has been commissioned for a mystery owner and launched in Germany today
Azzam's fuel tank can hold one million litres and she will have a top speed of in excess of 30 knots.
It took the world's top engineers one year to design Azzam and three years to build her - but this is considered super-quick in ship-building terms.
The owner of Azzam is rumoured to be a member of the Saudi Royal Family, but the whole project is shrouded in secrecy.
Interior features will include a 29ft salon and a stunning, open-plan interior.
French interior designer Christophe Leoni was briefed to produce a sophisticated and yet timeless interior with a turn-of-the-century, Empire style.
Roman Abramovich's Eclipse is 533.1ft long and 72.2ft wide, and has an estimated gross tonnage of 13,500GT.
Eclipse, owned by Abramovich, has been revered by yachting enthusiasts for years on account of her size
She has four diesel engines and a maximum speed of 22 knots, which means Azzam will far outstrip her should the billionaire owners decide to have a race.
The yacht can accommodate 36 guests in comfort, and boasts a cinema, conference facilities, children's playroom, beauty salon, dance floor, swimming pool and sauna.
Built by Blohm +Voss Shipyards and designed inside and out by Terence Disdale, Eclipse was custom-made for the Chelsea oligarch in 2010.
Both ships are so huge, they would have trouble fitting into the majority of the world's marinas. Only a handful, including Monaco and Antibes on the Riviera would be large enough to accommodate them.
However, despite Azzam eclipsing Eclipse today, neither of them comes close to the Titanic in terms of scale. Built in 1912, the ill-fated Titanic was 882ft long and 92ft wide.
This James Bond-style powerboat was built to chase down pirates with its remote controlled machine gun and 100mph speeds - but now it could be yours. The cutting edge boat - the fastest military vessel ever made - is on general sale and is tipped to go for a fraction of its £1.5 million value. When it was launched in 2006 the XSR Interceptor was described as 'the Bugatti Veyron of the seas' in homage to its incredible 1,600bhp power and stylish design.
Dream machine: The XSR Interceptor powerboat made from Kevlar and carbon fibre was built to chase down pirates with its remote controlled machine gun and 100mph top speed
Cutting edge: The military vessel is being put up for auction with no reserve and is tipped to sell for a fraction of its £1.5 million value. After unveiling the boat Prince Michael of Kent described it as 'a true super product of which British industry should be proud'. Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson called it 'the most beautiful thing ever created by man' when it featured on the BBC show. But seven years on, the 48ft superboat is now set to go under the hammer with no reserve - and anyone can bid provided they put down a £50 refundable deposit. It is among 300 lots including two other incomplete boats being sold off by manufacturers XSMG World to recover money owed to HM Revenue and Customs.
Cockpit: The cabin seats are worth £90,000 alone
Powerplant: The boat's two powerful Isottafraschini engines put out a whopping 1600hp
Impressed: Top Gear presenters James May and Richard Hammond pictured aboard the futuristic craft. The show featured a luxury version of the boat being raced against a Ferrari Daytona in the South of France
The cutting edge boat is built from Kevlar and carbon fibre and boasts a camouflage paint job and top spec navigation equipment.
It even has a 0.5mm machine gun turret that pops up from inside the front of the vessel although the gun itself is not included in the sale.
The onboard toilets cost a staggering £7,000 and the cabin seats are worth £90,000.
The dashboard was created by the same people who made the Bugatti's, the front deck is crafted out of glass and the rear is made out of the finest teak.
Although the boat, called No Boundaries, is expected to sell for a snip, the winning bidder will have to fork out £4,000 to pay overdue marina fees.
The buyer will also have to negotiate a price for the boat's two huge 800hp turbocharged engines which are currently on loan from the suppliers.
Power: The carbon fibre and Kevlar craft streaks across the sea powered by two huge engines
The 48ft superboat, named No Boundaries, is among 300 lots including two other incomplete boats being sold off by manufacturers XSMG
Streamlined: The boat, the fastest military vessel ever made - is being sold with no reserve and is tipped to sell for a fraction of its £1.5 million value
A luxury model was driven by TV presenter James May in a race against Richard Hammond's Ferrari Daytona from Portofino, Italy, to St Tropez, France in 2009. It had also been listed for sale but has since been withdrawn.
Hot rod of the seas: The dashboard was created by the same people who made the Bugatti Veyron's
The onboard toilets cost a staggering £7,000
Scuppered: Although the boat is expected to sell for a snip, the winning bidder will have to fork out £4,000 to pay overdue marina fees. It has a range of 1,000 miles and can carry up to 12 passengers. XSMG World says the vessel 'provides governments and commercial users with high speed interception and offshore patrol capability to counter the most complex of modern waterborne threats'. Its website claims their 'world-class' team had come up with a boat that 'redefines the operational boundaries of high speed intercept, pursuit and patrol in coastal waters'. Speaking at its launch in 2006, XSMG World boss Ian Sanderson said: 'Globally the ultra-rich are spending vast amounts of money on luxury 'supercars' but there was no marine equivalent, so we challenged ourselves to create one. 'We wanted the XSR48 to be state of the art so have taken the DNA and high performance of a supercar and transformed it into a boat. 'The top speed of the boat is 100mph making in the world's fastest diesel boat. It is the Bugatti Veyron of the marine world.
'If you are spending a million pounds you may as well buy something that can take up to five friends and something you can eat, sleep and entertain on. 'The major advantage of the superboat as opposed to the supercar is the freedom it offers. 'There are no boundaries with this boat. Everywhere you go these days on land there are speed traps and cameras, but here you just have the wide open ocean in front of you.'
|On the move: The yacht, which was minus its bow section, was quickly taken to a larger 220-metre dock so engineers could continue the awesome project.|
Super-secretive: The £400million megayacht, known only as Project Azzam, is rumoured to have been commissioned by the Saudi Royal Family
This is the next super-yacht set to hit the world's oceans - which comes complete with its own functioning volcano and floating tropical islands.
The vessel - dubbed the 'Tropical island Paradise' - has been designed by British boat builders Yacht Island Design, from Derby, Derbys - some 90 miles from the sea.
The extravagant 295ft ship boasts a towering volcano with a cascading waterfall which feeds the swimming pool.
'Any kind of guests who are selected by the owner will totally be satisfied when they are on board.'
|Ultimate relaxation: Guests on board would also be treated to hot tubs looking out on to the ocean and a golf green for refining your long game|
IMPRESSIVE? YES, IT IS
'Eos is so large that while she is on the river her masts will be the first thing visitors see as they drive in.
Billionaires who are planning to berth their giant luxury vessels in London for the summer include Microsoft founder Bill Gates whose superyacht Gogypus will drop anchor at the Royal Docks in East London, five miles from the Olympic Stadium.
She adds: ‘The heat is so intense in southern Turkey that being indoors part of the day is a necessity.
‘Everything has been so overblown on these vast yachts with cinemas and so forth, but this is far more elegant.’
The main deck is a vast salon, with a bar on one side. A second bar in the sky-lounge area will create a ‘moodier more evening feel’. On the top deck is a whirlpool bath. The interior is done out in a palate of soft greys.
Bernerd says: ‘The client prefers a more contemporary, fresh feel. When you walk in, you’re met with subdued grey limestone, and a sleek grey wood floor.
'The ceilings are in white lacquer, and there is layered off-white leather. It is very sleek.’
A huge bespoke bookcase is the main feature in the library, again made of grey wood. The main staircase is made of polished plaster, with grey oak stairs and burnt orange detail on the handrails.
Bernerd says the scale of the vessel in dry dock is immense.
‘It reminds me of being taken to the London Science Museum as a child,’ she adds. ‘It’s like a dinosaur skeleton, the scaffold of ribs, and the height. It towers over you, the scale is overwhelming’.
Bernerd is also working on the art collection that will adorn the interior of the finished yacht.
Dickie Bannenberg is another London-based designer with yacht design in his veins.
His late father Jon pioneered yacht design in the Sixties, creating classic boats including Saudi Arabian arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi’s yacht Nabil, which is now owned by Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal Alsaud. Jon Bannenberg also designed the interiors of John Paul Getty’s 262ft yacht Talitha G.
His son says: ‘While there is still a big middle ground of a fairly corporate and anodyne look, designers are increasingly trying to introduce some sort of individuality, on the basis that anyone commissioning this sort of yacht, with the price tag it commands, has a right to expect something that is one-off.
‘You don’t want to walk onto an impressive 150ft vessel and find it has a slightly ho-hum feel.’
For the 150ft yacht Raasta, Bannenberg’s studio commissioned a sculptor to make a series of handmade bronze wall lights at £2,000 apiece.
And for the 200ft Bacarella, the British sculptor Richard Kindersley carved a large stone map to be placed in the bridge deck lobby. Made from five pieces of Lake District slate, it depicts sea horses and dolphins, alongside marine-inspired quotes from Yoko Ono.
But that’s nothing compared to a project recently completed by yacht designer Remi Tessier, who created a five-storey atrium in polished stainless steel and glass, studded with tiny LED lights making the walls sparkle like diamonds.
The billionaire U.S. industrialist Dennis Washington has just completed a four-year project building a superyacht, Attessa IV.
He says: ‘I set out to build the ultimate family boat. I’ve tried to make every room an experience. A great gym and spa, just to make it fun for family and friends.’
It is believed he spent $50 million on the yacht — and an extraordinary $200 million refurbishing it. But, then, he can afford it. Gucci stainless steel lounge chairs decorate the decks, while a huge pool dominates the outside.
A helicopter perches at one end of the vessel, waiting to ferry guests to shore. It has four guest cabins, and everything from the curtains to the air conditioning is operated by remote control.
The outrageous cost, quite simply, doesn’t matter. As Monte Fino yacht designers say: ‘Quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten.’
As Camilla Storey, a PR executive co-ordinating Olympic party events, says: ‘We will have the entire financial industry, everybody from the worlds of business, sport and entertainment, all coming together. That is a unique opportunity.
‘Do these people want to be lost in the hubbub, immersed in the tourist crowds, or do they want to be watching it, waited on hand and foot, from the top of one of the world’s most exclusive yachts?’
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You may have all the trappings of wealth, all the luxury that money can buy, and all the time to enjoy it in.
But they say that eventually all this gets boring, and that life is dull without a sense of adventure and curiosity.
Which is where this just-launched superyacht comes in - for the 74-meter RV Pegaso not only comes with all the flatscreen TVs and en-suite bathrooms befitting a luxury ship, but also a fully operational 'floating laboratory'.
The RV in the name stands for Research Vessel, and just in case there is any doubt, the ship also has a submarine on-board - and a team of marine biologists ready to do your bidding.
Researching a life of luxury: The RV Pegaso is half-dedicated to giving its owner a wonderful yacht trip, and half of it is dedicated to state-of-the-art scientific research
The Pegaso provides en-suite bathrooms, widescreen TVs, a luxurious cabin - and an on-board submarine and dive-room
Under the sea: The submarine can launch from the Pegaso, and take visitors and scientists on underwater trips for research or for pleasure
Actually, the six-million yacht comes with one string attached - that the owner can have as much or as little involvement in sea research as they wish, but they must allow the biologists to be on board, travel with them, and work on projects.
Pegaso Marine chief executive Alex Flemming said: 'The historic perception of the superyacht set is the south of France, drinking champagne and having a lovely time.
'But suddenly people are going: #Hang on a second. I can go somewhere further afield and be a part of something bigger."
'This is about getting the most out of time and also feeling as though they're doing some good.'
Ship in the yard: The Pegaso under construction, where it was specially adapted as a sea-lab
In the shipyard: The yacht dwarfs admirers as it prepares to launch
Is this cramped? Not really, when you consider it is the submarine cabin
The vessel's purchaser is actually very keen to get his hands dirty in research.
The anonymous owner has previously owned four yachts, and traveled the world twice - and toldf the boat manufacturers that he wanted to do 'something different' with the new purchase.
The boat's dining area has been converted into a laboratory and fitted with equipment that can tag endangered marine life and monitor water pollution levels.
A decompresson chamber and diving equipment - including oxygen machines- allow guests to take deep dives from the yacht - and if that is not enough, the five-man submarine will take people down even further.