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Scheherazade (yacht)

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Scheherazade on sea trials in 2019
Cayman Islands
Launched5 July 2019[2]
In service1 June 2020[3]
General characteristics [4]
Class and typeMotor yacht
Tonnage10,167 GT
Length140 m (460 ft)
Beam23.3 m (76 ft)[5]
Draught5.1 m (17 ft)
Propulsion2x 4,963hp MTU (20V 4000 M73L) diesel engines
  • 19.5 knots (36 km/h) (maximum)
  • 16.2 knots (30 km/h) (cruising)

Scheherazade is a motor superyacht built by Lürssen Yachts of Germany.[3] With a length of 140 m (460 ft), it is currently one of the longest motor yachts in the world.

While being built, it used the project name "Lightning".[6] The exterior design was done by the designer Espen Oeino, and the interiors by the firm of Francois Zuretti.[5] It entered service in June 2020.[7] As of early May 2022 the yacht has been seized by Italian authorities due to its possible links to Russian President Putin and subject to sanctions relating to the Russo-Ukrainian War instigated by Putin in Ukraine.

Engineering and construction


The yacht has a steel hull with an aluminum superstructure.[8] It was launched on 5 July 2019, and undertook sea trials the following month.[9] It was delivered on 1 June 2020, departing Lemwerder for Norway.[10][7] According to SuperYachtFan, in 2022 it has an estimated value of US$700 million.[11] The New York Times reported that it appeared to be the sister ship of the 135.5 m (445 ft) Crescent, owned by Igor Sechin, a Russian oligarch and CEO of Rosneft.[6]



The yacht has two helicopter decks, a gym, and gold-plated bathroom fixtures.[11] The yacht comprises six levels. The main deck contains six guest cabins, a grand dining room, and a spa, which includes a hammam, a sauna, a cryotherapy chamber, and a hydro massage room.[12] The upper deck contains two VIP suites, one of which includes a player piano. The owner's deck has his-and-hers suites with separate bathrooms, walk-in closets, studies, and dressing rooms. There are a total of 22 cabins capable of accommodating 40 guests, and a total crew of 94.[8]

There are however no outdoor swimming pools, otherwise common on yachts of this size, which were said to have been excluded for "privacy reasons,[12] though it does have an indoor swimming pool with a retractable floor that can be used as a dance floor.[11]

Ownership and use


The yacht's owner is not publicly known.[11] Like Crescent, it is managed by Imperial Yachts of Monaco.[6]

The yacht sailed to Sochi, Russia, in summer 2020, then to Hurghada, Egypt in September 2020.[11] The yacht again sailed to Sochi in July 2021.[11] Since September 2021, it has been docked at the port of Marina di Carrara in Tuscany.[13]

Investigation for possible sanctions


While Scheherazade is undergoing a refit in Italy, it has also been under investigation by Italian and American authorities to determine if the superyacht's secretive owner is subject to sanctions being imposed on Russian oligarchs close to Russian President Vladimir Putin, due to the Russo-Ukrainian War.[12]

In May 2022 the ship left the shipyard and was ready to leave the port of Marina di Carrara. The ship was seized on 6 May 2022 based on its links to the Russian government.[14][15]

See also



  1. ^ a b c "Scheherazade (Yacht)". Marine Traffic. Retrieved 2022-03-21.
  2. ^ "Exclusive: new 100m+ Lürssen superyacht hits the water". SuperYacht Times. Retrieved 2020-11-14.
  3. ^ a b "Lürssen delivers 140m motor yacht Scheherazade". superyachttimes.com.
  4. ^ "Scheherazade (yacht not for charter)". Yacht Charter Fleet. Retrieved 21 March 2022.
  5. ^ a b "The top 25 largest yachts in the world". Boat International. Retrieved 21 March 2022.
  6. ^ a b c Minder, Raphael; Forsythe, Michael (16 March 2022). "Spain seizes another Russian yacht believed to belong to an oligarch". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 March 2022.
  7. ^ a b van Roy, Charl (1 June 2020). "Lürssen delivers 140m motor yacht Scheherazade". Super Yacht Times. Retrieved 21 March 2022.
  8. ^ a b "Lürssen - Scheherazade (Lightning)". Romeo United Yachts. Retrieved 21 March 2022.
  9. ^ Damborsky, Katia (6 August 2019). "140m Lurssen superyacht 'Project Lightning' embarks on sea trials". Yacht Charter Fleet. Retrieved 21 March 2022.
  10. ^ van Roy, Charl (5 July 2019). "130m+ Lürssen project Lightning launched in Bremen". Super Yacht Times. Retrieved 21 March 2022.
  11. ^ a b c d e f Forsythe, Michael; Pianigiani, Gaia; Kirkpatrick, David D. (8 March 2022). "A 459-Foot Mystery in a Tuscan Port: Is It a Russian's Superyacht?". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 March 2022.
  12. ^ a b c "'Mysterious': the $700m superyacht in Italy some say belongs to Putin". theguardian.com. 22 March 2022. Retrieved 23 March 2022.
  13. ^ Barnes, Julia E.; Forsythe, Michael; Kirkpatrick, David D.; Horowitz, Jason (11 March 2022). "U.S. Officials Say Superyacht Could be Putin's". New York Times. Retrieved 21 March 2022.
  14. ^ "Italian authorities seize superyacht believed to have links to Russian government". CNN. 2022-05-06. Retrieved 2022-05-06.
  15. ^ Ministry of Economy and Finance (mef.gov.it): Adottato Decreto di congelamento dell’imbarcazione Scheherazade