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Friday, 17 December 2010

Superyacht Eclipse: World's Largest Yacht Delivered

On Saturday the Russian owner of Chelsea Football Club reportedly took delivery of The Eclipse, the world's largest yacht, measuring a staggering 163m. The mega-yacht, which is believed to have space for 30 guests and 75 crew members, also includes a personal submarine, a 16m swimming pool which converts into a dance floor, two helipads and interior design by world-renowed architect Terrence Disdale. 

Four years after it was commissioned, The Eclipse left the Blohm + Voss shipyard in Germany after undergoing further trials and tests. The long-awaited presentation of the mega-yacht to her new owner reportedly took place in Kristiansand, Norway. She is now believed to be on her way to the Caribbean via the Cayman Islands, where she will have a home berth. 

Her delivery was scheduled for earlier in the year, but according to sources in the yachting industry the boat was returned to the Blohm + Voss shipyard to eliminate "minor engine vibrations" detected during the sea trials. The yacht was also said to be receiving further work to her paint, navigation system and helipad configuration.

M/Y Eclipse is now the largest superyacht in the world, just beating the previous title holder of 162m M/Y Dubai, according to online yachting publication ( The Eclipse is the third member of the Russian billionaire's fleet, which has been dubbed "Abramovich's Navy", after superyachts Pelorus (115m) and Sussurro (50m), according to a spokesman. She is believed to have cost Abramovich over €300m. The Moscow-born businessman and politician was ranked second on the Sunday Times Rich List this year with a fortune of £7.4bn.

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