Eclipse (yacht)

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Eclipse (21 September 2008)
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Name: Eclipse
Owner: Roman Abramovich
Port of registry: Hamilton, Bermuda[1]
Builder: Blohm + Voss
Cost: €340 million[2] (as of September 2011)
Launched: 12 June 2009[1]
In service: 9 December 2010[3]
Status: In use
General characteristics
Type: Motor yacht
Tonnage: 13,000 GT[4]
Length: 162.5 m (533 ft)[5]
Boats & landing
craft carried:
1 mini-submarine, 3 landing boats
Crew: 70 crew members[4]
Aviation facilities: 2 helicopter pads

M/Y Eclipse is a luxury motor yacht constructed by Blohm + Voss of Hamburg, Germany. Its exterior and interior were designed by Terence Disdale Design and its naval architect was Francis Design.[4] The yacht was delivered to Russian businessman Roman Abramovich on 9 December 2010. At 163.5 metres (536 ft) long,[5] Eclipse is the world's second largest private yacht, 17.3 metres (57 ft) shorter than Azzam, which launched in April, 2013.[6] The yacht's cost has been estimated at €340 million (approx. US$475 million as of September 2011),.[2]

Features[edit]

Eclipse docked in Nassau, January 2011

Eclipse has two helicopter pads, 24 guest cabins, two swimming pools, several hot tubs, and a disco hall.[7] It is also equipped with three launch boats and a mini-submarine that is capable of submerging to 50 metres. Approximately 70 crew members are needed to operate the yacht and serve the guests.

For security, Eclipse is fitted with an alarm system.[2][8]

Eclipse is also the largest vessel employing a novel rotor-based stabilization system[9] against roll motion at anchor and at low cruise speeds, based on the Magnus effect.[10][non-primary source needed]

History[edit]

The yacht in 2012 with one of the landing boats being launched

Eclipse was launched on 12 June 2009.[11] It arrived in Frederikshavn, Denmark, on 18 September 2009, for tests, and was delivered to Abramovich on 9 December 2010.[3] First pictures of the completed yacht were taken at Kristiansand, Norway, during its refuelling.[12]

In February 2011 Eclipse was made available for charter through SuperYachtsMonaco, a Monaco-based yacht brokerage company.[13] However, according to Motor Boat & Yacht magazine, the yacht is not available for actual charter, and the charter listing is aimed to evade European taxation (charter yachts are exempt from property tax).[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Motor Yacht ECLIPSE Launched". LiveYachting.com. 12 June 2009. Retrieved 2010-12-16. 
  2. ^ a b c "Russian tycoon buys a yacht to eclipse all others". Smh.com.au. 17 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-21. 
  3. ^ a b "Superyacht Eclipse: World's Largest Yacht Delivered". SuperYachts.com. 14 December 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-16. 
  4. ^ a b c "M/Y Eclipse". agent4stars.com. 12 June 2009. Retrieved 2010-12-16. 
  5. ^ a b "Top 100 Largest Yachts". boatinternational.com. 16 December 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-16. 
  6. ^ Daniel Fisher (5 April 2013). "German Shipyard Launches World's Largest Private Yacht At 591 Feet". Forbes. 
  7. ^ Pancevski, Bojan (20 September 2009). "Roman Abramovich Zaps Snappers with Laser Shield". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 2010-12-01. 
  8. ^ Liz Hull (6 October 2008). "Floating Fortress: Chelsea Owner Abramovich Builds £200m Super-yacht Half the Size of the Bismarck". Mail Online. Retrieved 2009-08-21. 
  9. ^ Quantum Med Marine (2 Jun 2009). "Quantum Rotary Stabilizers". YouTube. 
  10. ^ "Quantum Med Marine". Sales History. Retrieved 7 March 2013. 
  11. ^ "Eclipse | Blohm & Voss, Roman Abramovich, Recent Launches, Gigayachts, Terence Disdale |". Yachts.monacoeye.com. 6 July 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-21. 
  12. ^ "The world's biggest yacht in Kristiansand". fvn.no. 10 December 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-16. 
  13. ^ "Superyacht Eclipse joins charter fleet of SuperYachtsMonaco". SuperYachtTimes.com. 23 February 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-23. 
  14. ^ SuperYachtFan. "Superyacht Azzam". SuperYachtFan. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 

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