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26 Mar, 2012 14:19

Abramovich’s fleet tops Forbes 100 Largest Yacht list

Abramovich’s fleet tops Forbes 100 Largest Yacht list

The yacht Eclipse owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich topped the list of the world’s 100 Largest Yachts, according to Forbes.

­Abramovich purchased Eclipse in 2010 for more than $250 million. The 162 meter yacht boasts a 56 meter owner’s deck with a 16m swimming pool, the largest on any yacht. The floor of the pool can be raised to transform the area into a dance floor.  The yacht also has facilities for up to 92 crew and the owner’s personal staff and can accommodate three helicopters.

Abramavich’s navy also include the 115 meter expedition yacht Luna (Number 20 in the rating) and 50 meter Sussurro.

There are two more yachts, earlier owned by Abramovich in the rating: the 114 meter Pelorus bought by media mogul David Geffen in 2011 and the 112 meter Le Gran Bleu which Abramovich presented to his business associate Eugene Shvidler in June 2006.

Eclipse is followed by the 162 meter yacht owned by Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum of Dubai. It was originally ordered by Prince Jefri of Brunei, and comes equipped with a swimming pool, cinema, disco, gym and a landing platform for a Blackhawk helicopter and a garage for the yacht’s submarine.

The third place was taken by the 155 meter Al Said yacht featuring a helipad, a cinema and a concert hall for a 50-strong orchestra. The yacht was built in secrecy for the Sultan Qaboos bin Sa‘id Al Saïd of Oman.

The 147 meter yacht Prince Abdulaziz, the Royal Yacht for King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, took fourth place. Though the yacht was built in 1984 it boasts a number of unique features such as a fully equipped hospital and a mosque, while its main deck is said to be designed to imitate the Titanic’s deck. It is rumoured the yacht’s onboard systems include surface-to-air missiles and an underwater surveillance system.