Azzam (Arabic: عزام, literally "Resolute") is a private superyacht built by German shipyard Lürssen Yachts. Azzam was launched on 5 April 2013. At 180 metres (590 ft) in length, she is the longest private motor yacht in the world.[1] She has a beam of 20.8 metres (68 ft) and an unusually shallow draft of 4.3 m (14 ft 1 in).[2][3] The yacht was delivered on 9 September 2013.

Azzam docked at the port of Cádiz (Spain), 24 August 2020
Abu Dhabi
OwnerLate Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (-2022)
BuilderLürssen Yachts
CostUS$600 million
Launched5 April 2013
In service2013
General characteristics
Class and typeSuper yacht
TypeMotor yacht
Tonnage13,136 GT
Length180 m (590 ft)
Beam20.8 m (68 ft)
Draft4.3 m (14 ft 1 in)
  • 2 Diesel 17,524 kW (23,500 hp)
  • 2 Gas Turbine 17,524 kW (23,500 hp)
Speed32 knots (59 km/h; 37 mph)
Boats & landing
craft carried
1 mini-submarine

Engineering edit

Mubarak Saad al Ahbabi directed the construction of Azzam, with technical engineering by Lürssen Yachts, design by Nauta Yachts, and interior design by Christophe Leoni.[4] Following a year of engineering, the yacht was built in only three years, a record for a ship of this size.[citation needed] Azzam can travel at high speed in shallow waters.[5]

Features edit

Her main salon is 29 m (95 ft) long, she has a beam of 18 m (59 ft), an open plan, and no pillars. Her top speed is over 32 knots (59 km/h; 37 mph), powered by a combination of two gas turbines and two diesel engines with a total power output of 35,048 kW (47,000 hp) through four pump-jets.[6] Two of the pump-jets are nonmovable round water outlets in the middle of the stern, while the other two feature movable duct water outlets that provide thrust vectoring capabilities.[7]

At an estimated cost of $605 million, the ship cost approximately $100 million more than the third-largest private motor yacht, Eclipse.[8]

Ownership and use edit

Azzam was commissioned by Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, president of the United Arab Emirates (until his death in 2022). The yacht is listed for charter without a price; however, according to Motor Boat & Yacht magazine, she is not available for charter; the charter listing, similar to Roman Abramovich's Eclipse, is aimed to avoid European taxation, as charter yachts are exempt from property tax.[9]

References edit

  1. ^ Daniel Fisher (5 April 2012). "German Shipyard Launches World's Largest Private Yacht at 591 Feet". Forbes. Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  2. ^ "Azzam Yacht Specifications". Archived from the original on 13 November 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Azzam, World's Largest Yacht, Reappears at Lürssen". MegaYacht News. 5 April 2013. Archived from the original on 7 November 2017. Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  4. ^ "World's longest-ever bespoke gigayacht Azzam". Archived from the original on 2 December 2020. Retrieved 21 November 2020.
  5. ^ "More details released on 180 metre Lürssen superyacht Azzam". Superyacht Times. 5 April 2013. Archived from the original on 22 November 2015. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  6. ^ "Nauta Yachts comments on their design for superyacht Azzam". SuperYacht Times. 9 April 2013. Archived from the original on 11 April 2013. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  7. ^ "Azzam Mega Yacht, Built By Lürssen, Snatches Title Of 'Largest Motor Yacht in the World'". International Business Times. 10 April 2013. Archived from the original on 12 October 2017. Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  8. ^ Schilling, David Russel (9 November 2013). "World's Largest Superyacht Comes with a Bullet Proof Master Suite & Missile Defense System". industry tap. Archived from the original on 13 November 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
  9. ^ SuperYachtFan. "Superyacht Azzam". SuperYachtFan. Archived from the original on 22 March 2014. Retrieved 22 March 2014.