M/Y Eclipse is a superyacht built by Blohm+Voss of Hamburg, Germany, the third longest afloat. Her exterior and interior were designed by Terence Disdale. The yacht is owned by Roman Abramovich, and was delivered on 9 December 2010. At 162.5 metres (533 ft 2 in) long[5] Eclipse was the world's longest private yacht until Azzam was launched in April 2013, which is 17.3 metres (56 ft 9 in) longer.[7] The yacht's cost has been estimated at €340 million.[3]

Eclipse docked in Gibraltar in August 2012
History
NameEclipse
OwnerRoman Abramovich
Port of registryBermuda Hamilton, Bermuda[1]
BuilderBlohm+Voss
Cost$500 million[3] (as of September 2011)
Launched12 June 2009[1]
In service9 December 2010[2]
Identification
StatusIn use
General characteristics
TypeMotor yacht
Tonnage13,000 GT[6]
Length162.5 m (533 ft)[5]
Beam22.00 m (72 ft 2 in)[4]
Draft5.90 m (19 ft 4 in)[4]
Installed power29.6 MW (39,700 hp)
Propulsion4× MTU 20V 1163 TB93 diesel engines, triple screw propellers[4]
Speed40.74 km/h (22.00 kn)[4]
Boats & landing
craft carried
1 mini-submarine, 3 landing boats
Crew70 crew members[6]
Aviation facilities2 helicopter pads

Features edit

Eclipse has two helicopter pads, 24 guest cabins, two swimming pools, several hot tubs, and a disco hall.[8] She 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,[3] missile launchers and self-defense systems.[9]

By 2009, Eclipse was 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]

History edit

 
Eclipse docked in Nassau in January 2011

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.[2] 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]

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.[15] In March 2022 Forbes reported that Eclipse was still owned by Abramovich. Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the yacht has anchored in Turkish territorial waters on the South Aegean coast of Muğla Province.[16] She has been seen at Bodrum and Marmaris,[17][16] and was still registered in Bermuda with value of $438 million.[18]

References edit

  1. ^ a b "Motor Yacht ECLIPSE Launched". LiveYachting.com. 12 June 2009. Retrieved 16 December 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Superyacht Eclipse: World's Largest Yacht Delivered". SuperYachts.com. 14 December 2010. Retrieved 16 December 2010.
  3. ^ a b c "Russian tycoon buys a yacht to eclipse all others". Smh.com.au. 17 June 2009. Retrieved 21 August 2009.
  4. ^ a b c d "162.5m Eclipse Superyacht | Luxury Motor Yacht". www.superyachts.com.
  5. ^ a b "Top 100 Largest Yachts". boatinternational.com. 16 December 2010. Retrieved 16 December 2010.
  6. ^ a b "M/Y Eclipse". agent4stars.com. 12 June 2009. Retrieved 16 December 2010.[permanent dead link]
  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 1 December 2010.(subscription required)
  9. ^ Fleeing sanctions, oligarchs seek safe ports for superyachts
  10. ^ Quantum Med Marine (2 June 2009). "Quantum Rotary Stabilizers". Archived from the original on 21 July 2013 – via 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 |". Yachts.monacoeye.com. 6 July 2009. Retrieved 21 August 2009.
  13. ^ "The world's biggest yacht in Kristiansand". fvn.no. 10 December 2010. Archived from the original on 13 December 2010. Retrieved 16 December 2010.
  14. ^ "Superyacht Eclipse joins charter fleet of SuperYachtsMonaco". SuperYachtTimes.com. 23 February 2011. Retrieved 23 February 2011.
  15. ^ "The Megayachts of St. Martin". GCBC. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  16. ^ a b Konrad Fischer (2 September 2023). "Hier liegen die Oligarchen-yachten heute". Wirtschaftswoche. Retrieved 30 September 2023.
  17. ^ Mücahid Ahlatçı (21 March 2023). "Russian Billionaire Roman Abramovic's Yachts have been off the Coast of Muğla for 1 Year". Expat Guide Turkey. Retrieved 30 September 2023.
  18. ^ "Biden And Allies Are Coming For Russian Billionaires’ Yachts: Forbes Tracked Down 51. Here's Where To Find Them", Giacomo Tognini, March 1, 2022; Forbes

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