For those who love all that is yachts, it was an exquisite treat to see a luxury motor yacht of massive proportions propelling its way from Blohm & Voss Shipyards recently on what is assumed to be a test run. The event has become quite newsworthy due to the fact that the buyer of this colossal luxury yacht remains a mystery. Because the custom motor yacht will snag the title of the largest luxury yacht on the globe, many are very intrigued to find out who the owner will be.
It has been rumored that the buyer may be Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, though the secrecy shrouding the matter is all a regular part of the customer service standards provided by Blohm & Voss to its super-rich clientele. Abramovich is ranked Russia’s second-richest man by Forbes magazine, owning a large stake in Evraz Group steelmaker and Chelsea football club.
Blohm & Voss confirmed only that the vessel was down the slip and into the fitting stage, saying nothing more about the much anticipated project with hull number 978. On the website of Blohm & Voss, it is stated only that the length of the large yacht exceeds 160 meters. The hull and superstructure of the yacht were constructed in a hangar-like shielded dock by employees sworn to secrecy. It is presumed to have been a test run because the structure was painted a light grey, likely an undercoat, and there was some scaffolding attached to the yacht. Many photographs and speculations accompanied the mega yacht on its outing.