Eclipse (yacht)

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Eclipse (21 September 2009)
Name: Eclipse
Owner: Roman Abramovich
Port of registry: Bermuda Hamilton, Bermuda[1]
Builder: Blohm+Voss
Cost: $500 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]
Beam: 22.00 m (72 ft 2 in)[6]
Draft: 5.90 m (19 ft 4 in)[6]
Installed power: 29.6 MW (39,700 hp)
Propulsion: 4× MTU 20V 1163 TB93 diesel engines, triple screw[6]
Speed: 40.74 km/h (22.00 kn)[6]
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 built by Blohm+Voss of Hamburg, Germany. Her exterior and interior were designed by Terence Disdale. The yacht was delivered to Russian businessman Roman Abramovich on 9 December 2010. At 162.5 metres (533 ft 2 in) long[5] Eclipse is the world's second largest private yacht, 17.3 metres (56 ft 9 in) shorter than Azzam, which was launched in April 2013.[7] The yacht's cost has been estimated at €340 million.[2]


Eclipse docked in Nassau, January 2011

Eclipse has two helicopter pads, 24 guest cabins, two swimming pools, several hot tubs, and a disco hall.[8] It is also equipped with three launch boats and a mini-submarine that is capable of submerging to 50 metres (160 ft). Approximately 70 crew members are needed to operate the yacht and serve the guests.

For security, Eclipse is fitted with a missile detection system.[2][9]

Eclipse is also the largest vessel employing a rotor-based stabilization system[10] against roll motion at anchor and at low cruise speeds, based on the Magnus effect.[11][non-primary source needed]


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

Eclipse was launched on 12 June 2009.[12] She arrived in Frederikshavn, Denmark, on 18 September 2009, for sea trials, and was delivered to Abramovich on 9 December 2010.[3] First pictures of the completed yacht were taken at Kristiansand, Norway, during her refuelling.[13]

In February 2011 Eclipse was made available for charter through SuperYachtsMonaco, a Monaco-based yacht brokerage company.[14] However, according to Motor Boat & Yachting magazine, the yacht is not actually available for charter, and the charter listing is aimed to avoid European taxation (charter yachts are exempt from property tax).[15]

Eclipse travels to St. Martin in the Caribbean each winter to pick up guests who fly in to St. Martin's airport. The yacht then travels to Abramovich's home on nearby St. Barts.[16]


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  2. ^ a b c "Russian tycoon buys a yacht to eclipse all others". 17 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-21.
  3. ^ a b "Superyacht Eclipse: World's Largest Yacht Delivered". 14 December 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-16.
  4. ^ a b "M/Y Eclipse". 12 June 2009. Retrieved 2010-12-16.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ a b "Top 100 Largest Yachts". 16 December 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-16.
  6. ^ a b c d
  7. ^ Daniel Fisher (5 April 2013). "German Shipyard Launches World's Largest Private Yacht At 591 Feet". Forbes.
  8. ^ Pancevski, Bojan (20 September 2009). "Roman Abramovich Zaps Snappers with Laser Shield". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 2010-12-01.(subscription required)
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ Quantum Med Marine (2 Jun 2009). "Quantum Rotary Stabilizers". YouTube.
  11. ^ "Quantum Med Marine". Sales History. Archived from the original on 16 May 2010. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
  12. ^ "Eclipse | Blohm & Voss, Roman Abramovich, Recent Launches, Gigayachts, Terence Disdale |". 6 July 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-21.
  13. ^ "The world's biggest yacht in Kristiansand". 10 December 2010. Archived from the original on 13 December 2010. Retrieved 16 December 2010.
  14. ^ "Superyacht Eclipse joins charter fleet of SuperYachtsMonaco". 23 February 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-23.
  15. ^ SuperYachtFan. "Superyacht Azzam". SuperYachtFan. Retrieved 22 March 2014.
  16. ^ "The Megayachts of St. Martin". GCBC. Retrieved 28 July 2015.

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