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Lürssen newbuild “Opera” completes first test runs

The new mega yacht “Opera” has returned from its first test voyage in the German Bight. The replacement for the burnt-out “Sassi” is expected to cost around 500 million dollars[ds_preview].

The newbuild, which was only launched in September in Neustädter Hafen in Bremen, is 146 meters long and has a tonnage of around 12,000 GT, making it one of the largest yachts in the world in terms of volume. In terms of length, she will rank 10th when she is delivered, which is planned for early 2023.

Little is known about the “Opera’s technical facilities. Terrence Disdale Design is to be responsible for both the exterior and interior design. In addition to two swimming pools and several garages for tenders and speedboats, the yacht also has two helipads, one on the foredeck and the second on the aft deck. There is also a large beach club in the stern area.

Another striking feature of the design are the ten exhaust pipes on the funnel with the distinctive tailpipes. The value of the yacht, which will be based in Georgetown after delivery, is estimated at around 500 million dollars. The client of the mega yacht is also unknown, although Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan from the ruling family of Abu Dhabi is mentioned on international yacht portals.

The “Opera” is no unknown quantity. It is based in part on the yacht “Sassi”, which spectacularly burned down in the dock in September 2018. The replacement building with the project name “Opera” was created from the parts that were still usable.

Following initial work, the new yacht was transferred from Blohm+Voss in Hamburg to the Lürssen site in Berne-Warfleth (former Roland shipyard) last year for completion, including the 290-metre-long floating dock.

This new build also seems to be something very special for the Lürssen shipyard. While in Bremen in September, the American soprano Elizabeth Winn sang an aria in a red evening gown – first on the aft deck and later on the forecastle. A company video bears witness to this.


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Caption: The new Lürrsen megayacht "Opera" returns from a sea trial in the German Bight