By John Smith • 21 May 2016 • 10:18
Superyacht Dilbar moored in Gibraltar
THE incredible new superyacht Dilbar said to have cost in excess of €620 million has completed her first voyage since being delivered to her new owner, Russian tycoon Alisher Usmanov. The 156-metre superyacht, the biggest in the world by volume, arrived in Gibraltar on May 18 after leaving Germany the previous week.
Despite the fact that there are many more prestigious and indeed glamorous harbours to head for on its first voyage, Gibraltar was chosen, perhaps so that the owner of this enormous, floating palace could stock up with diesel, spirits and tobacco having heard that Gibraltar is one of the best points in the Mediterranean for chandlery services.
Although little advance information was released about this vessel which has interiors created by Andrew Winch Design, the SuperYachtWorld publication has already spotted that the nameplate on the stern reveals membership to two of the world’s prestigious yacht clubs: the Yacht Club de Monaco and the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo.
That publication has also revealed that whilst being built she was referred to as Project Omar and had her name plate covered until leaving the Lürssen shipyard.
With two helipads and little in the way of exterior recreation areas it is suspected that the interior which is said to have 20 guest suites and 35 crew cabins will be light, airy and the centre of all entertainment and elegant living.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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