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Lürssen megayacht “Blue” returns from sea trials

The approximately 160 m long megayacht project from the Bremen-based Lüssen shipyard with the project name “Blue” has now returned to the shipyard in Bremen-Nord after more than a week of sea trials in the German Bight. Delivery is expected before the end of the year[ds_preview].

With a length of 160 m, the mega yacht is the second longest ever built by Lürssen after the 180 m long “Azzam”. It will therefore take fifth place in the ranking of the world’s longest yachts. With an estimated measurement of around 15,320 GT, the “Blue” will then be the world’s second-largest yacht in terms of measurement after the “Dilbar” from 2015, also a Lürssen build.

The mega yacht, which is currently still sailing under the German flag and will have 24 guest cabins for up to 48 guests, will be further equipped in Bremen over the next few weeks. There will be 40 cabins available for up to 80 crew members. MTU has supplied the main engines for the “Blue”, which will be powered by a total of three Azipod propulsion nacelles. Top speeds of over 21 knots have been achieved during the test runs in recent days, and the service speed is 16 knots.

There are two landing facilities for helicopters on the outer deck, one at the bow and one on the top deck. There are hull hatches on the sides of the ship, behind which tender boats and other water toys can be lowered. There will be a 25-meter-long pool on board the seven-deck yacht. There is no concrete information about the yacht’s designer, but industry insiders assume that it is the British design studio Terence Disdale.

Delivery to the as yet unknown client is expected before the end of this year. Various media outlets are reporting that the client is from the Middle East, as indicated by the comparatively small windows and exterior areas. The name of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (35) and Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al Nahyan have been mentioned as possible clients. However, as usual in the megayacht business, the shipyard has not provided any information on the possible client of the “Blue”, which is estimated to cost around €500 million. (CE)

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Caption: The mega yacht "Blue" in Bremerhaven © C. Eckardt