Russian coal billionaire’s £360million super yacht which is 468ft long and comes with its own swimming pool and helicopter pad dwarfs the competition in sunny Monaco harbour
- The 468ft super yacht has three masts standing at 328ft, eight floors and a full sized swimming pool
- Boat is owned by Russian billionaire industrialist Andrey Melnichenko, 47, who made his £11bn fortune in coal
- It is a ‘sail assisted’ motor boat- powered by ‘hybrid diesel-electric package with controllable pitch propellers’
The shores of Monaco were today graced by a futuristic £360 million super Yacht believed to be the largest of its kind in the world.
Modestly named ‘Sailing Yacht A’ the super duper yacht dwarfed all competition in the bay, belittling the boats of the mere millionaires surrounding it.
It is owned by Russian billionaire industrialist Andrey Melnichenko, 47, who made his £11bn fortune manufacturing and trading in fertiliser and coal.
The magnificent vessel spans 468ft in length and has three masts taller than London’s Elizabeth Tower, which houses Big Ben, at 328ft.
Powered by a ‘hybrid diesel-electric package with controllable pitch propellers,’ the ship is designed to accommodate 20 guests and a crew of 54.
The vessel was designed by Philippe Starck and has eight floors, a helicopter pad, a full size swimming pool and an underwater observation room on board.
Belarus-born Mr Melnichenko lives a glamorous, jet-setting lifestyle with his wife, Aleksandra, a former model and pop star from Serbia.
The boat spanning 468ft in length is owned by Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko, who is known for commissioning ground breaking ships
The ship named ‘Sailing Yacht A’ sits on the shores of Monaco, too large to move much closer to the harbour and into shallower waters
Three masts imitate a traditional sailing boat – it is classified as a ‘sail assisted’ motor yacht – the ship is powered with a hybrid diesel-electric package with controllable pitch propellers
Smaller super yachts that usually are the largest around seem minuscule in comparison to the enormous boat
An underwater observation deck allows passengers to see the sea life beneath the hull as it moves along the world’s most desirable shores
The boat was completed by a team led by Dirk Kloosterman, who was handpicked by Mr Melnichenko for his vast experience with super yachts
Owner Andrey and his wife Aleksandra Melnichenko. The couple are understood to have met in the South of France – when Aleksandra – known as Sandra – was 28 and Andrey was 33