Serene is one of the world's largest private superyachts.

Serene docked off Fort St. Angelo in Birgu, Malta
OwnerMohammed bin Salman
Port of registry Bermuda
Launched5 July 2010
CompletedAugust 2011
General characteristics
Tonnage8,231 GT
Length133.9 m (439 ft 4 in)
Beam18.5 m (60 ft 8 in)
Draft5.5 m (18 ft 1 in)
PropulsionTwin propellers

Built by Italian shipyard Fincantieri with interior design by Reymond Langton Design, Serene was delivered to her owner in August 2011.[1][2] At delivery, she was one of the 10 largest yachts in the world with an overall length of 133.9 m (439 ft 4 in) and a beam of 18.5 m (60 ft 8 in).[3]

Ownership edit

The ship was built for Russian vodka tycoon Yuri Shefler for $330m.[4][5] In the summer of 2014, Bill Gates leased the yacht for US$5 million per week.[6]

In 2014,[7] while vacationing in the south of France, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia bought the vessel from Yuri Shefler for approximately €500 million.[8]

Incident at sea edit

In August 2017, Serene ran aground on a shallow rock reef in the Red Sea, 37 km (20 nautical miles) off the coast of Sharm El Sheikh. She sustained significant damage to her hull at the bow. The cause was reported to be a combination of navigational error and propulsion failure.[2][9]

Trivia edit

The Leonardo da Vinci painting Salvator Mundi was reported to be on board the yacht from some time in 2019 to late 2020.[10]

References edit

  1. ^ "Scoop: Fincantieri delivers 134 metre superyacht Serene". Superyacht Times. 5 August 2011.
  2. ^ a b Sowerbutts, Felix (25 August 2017). "134m 'Serene' runs aground in Red Sea". SuperyachtNews. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Serene". Superyacht Times.
  4. ^ "Saudi Arabia's deputy crown prince bought this megayacht". Business Insider. 17 October 2016. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  5. ^ Frank, Robert (12 March 2014). "Mystery megayacht owner looks for a safe harbor in New York". CNBC. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  6. ^ Danielle Haynes (10 August 2014), Bill Gates takes vacation on $330M yacht – Bill Gates, family, rent yacht for $5 million a week for Sardinia vacation., UPI
  7. ^ "New York Times names the owner of megayacht Serene". Yacht Harbour. 16 October 2016. Retrieved 24 May 2022.
  8. ^ Mazzetti, Mark; Hubbard, Ben (15 October 2016). "Rise of Saudi Prince Shatters Decades of Royal Tradition". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 16 October 2016.
  9. ^ "134m Serene runs aground, bow-up on rocks". The Triton. 26 August 2017. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  10. ^ Said, Summer; Crow, Kelly; Faucon, Benoit (12 April 2021). "Record-Setting Leonardo da Vinci Work Was Displayed on Saudi Leader's Yacht". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 8 June 2023.