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Eclipse

In a Hamburg shipyard well shielded from the public, something big is being built...

 

At a construction dock in a Hamburg shipyard well shielded from the public, something big is being built. The boat that is under construction is the M/Y Eclipse. When finished this luxury super yacht will most likely be the largest privately owned yacht in the world.

 

The Eclipse is believed to have been ordered by Russian oil magnate Roman Abramovich, but this is yet to be officially confirmed. Abramovich, known for his passion for super yachts, is currently the owner of three. The largest of these is the Pelorus at 377 feet, but the Eclipse is expected to be considerably larger. Today’s size record is held by the M/Y Dubai at 525 feet and many believe that Abramovich is aiming to take over the top spot with his new flagship.

 

The Eclipse is being built by Blohm + Voss, a subsidiary of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems. The yacht is designed by Hermidas Atabeyki, while Terence Dinsdale Ltd. in London, are responsible for the interior design.

 

Without doubt, there will be numerous exclusive features aboard the Eclipse. Safety is a priority of Abramovich and to meet his demands the yacht will be equipped with an early warning missile detection radar system that gives the crew ample time to take measures. In addition, the command bridge and the owner’s cabin will be protected by armour plating and bulletproof windows. Should Abramovich be forced to abandon the Eclipse he will have more than one way to do so. The yacht will be equipped with two helipads, a harbour for tender vessels at the aft and a deep diving escape submarine.

 

As far as luxury features are concerned, the Eclipse will certainly set a new standard. No pictures are available but there are numerous speculations on what will be found inside the yacht. A swimming pool and a few hot tubs are safe bets, along with state of the art décor and furnishings. Some observers draw comparison to other super yachts recently finished and claim that the Eclipse will most likely also have a cinema, a discotheque and a spa section.

 

The total price tag of the Eclipse is estimated at 300 million dollars, which should be a considerable sum even for Abramovich who is estimated to have assets of over 18 billion dollars. The yacht is due for delivery in December 2008.

 

 

 

Length Overall (m):     162.00
Length Overall (ft):      531.50
Gross Tonnage:           13000
SYT#:                       Y00077
Shipyard:                   Blohm & Voss GmbH 
Exterior Designer:       Terence Disdale Design Ltd. 
Year:                         2010

 

 

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