Roman Abramovich, the former governor of Russia’s Chukotka, a world-famous billionaire, purchased the largest and the most expensive yacht in the world. The Eclipse yacht cost the Russian businessman 340 million EUR. The vessel is nearly 170 meters long. Eleven luxury cabins will be served by the crew of 70 people. There are two pools on board the yacht, a movie theater and a dance floor. It will cost up to 30 million EUR a year to maintain the yacht, Deutsche Welle reported with reference to Bild.
The body of the yacht is made of the bullet-proof steel; armored glass was used for the windows. The vessel is equipped with the German-made missile defense alarm system and has two helicopter sheds (with helicopters) on the deck. The yacht comes complete with three boats and a mini-submarine that can submerge at a depth of up to 50 meters.
Abramovich’s new yacht is 4.5 meters longer than the yacht of Dubai’s emir, the world’s largest of the currently used yachts.
The yacht was built in Germany at Blohm + Voss Shipyard in Hamburg. The company made the renowned Bismarck warship, which the British Navy sent to the floor of the Atlantic Ocean in 1941.
The 42-year-old owner of Chelsea intends to board his new boat to travel to the next World Football Championship, which take place in South African Republic in the summer of 2010.
The Eclipse will be Abramovich’s third yacht. The Russian billionaire also owns the world’s largest private airplane and two submarines.