Superyacht arrives in Gibraltar for final testing

A superyacht valued around $450 million (£360 million) arrives in Gibraltar’s harbour to undergo a final round of sea trials before it is delivered to Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko.

GIBRALTAR (FEBRUARY 16, 2017) (REUTERS) – A superyacht valued around $450 million (£360 million) arrived in Gibraltar’s harbour on Wednesday (February 15) to undergo a final round of sea trials before it is delivered to its owner, Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko.

Known as Sailing Yacht A, the vessel was built at German Naval Yard in Kiel, Germany and measures at 143 metres (468 ft) long and was designed by Phillipe Starck.

It sports three masts, the tallest at 100 metres (300 ft) above the waterline, as well as containing a helicopter pad, an underwater observation room, eight floors and can hold 20 guests with a crew of 54.

Reported to be the world’s largest sailing yacht, it had already been successfully tested in the Baltic Sea in October, reaching speeds of 20 knots.

Melnichenko, who ranked by Forbes as the 11th richest person in Russia, founded the fertilizer producer EuroChem, coal producer Suek, and power generator SGK.