Roman Abramovich’s new £430 million superyacht has been spotted for the first time as it nears completion at a German shipyard.
The 460ft Solaris, equipped with a helipad and swimming pool, will soon undertake sea trials before the 54-year-old Chelsea owner sets sail in the summer.
The Russian billionaire’s eight-deck yacht has been fitted with 48 cabins and is able to sleep 36 guests, as well as 60 crew.
Two high-tech electrical engines called Azipods will drive the colossal boat. The super-efficient propellers can turn through 360 degrees, providing incredible manoeuvrability, and render a rudder unnecessary.
Despite its incredible size, Abramovich’s new vessel is actually smaller than the superyacht he already owns – the 533ft Eclipse.
As well as Solaris and Eclipse, the Russian is reported to have previously owned at least five other superyachts, including the 162ft Sussurro, the 377ft Luna, the 282ft Ecstasea, the 377ft Pelorus and the 371ft Le Grand Bleu.
Roman Abramovich’s new £430 million superyacht is pictured for the first time as it nears completion at a German shipyard
The colossal boat was pictured surrounded by scaffolding and cranes at the end of December as she neared completion at the Lloyd Werft shipyard in Bremerhaven, north of Bremen
The 460ft Solaris, equipped with a helipad and swimming pool, will soon undertake sea trials before the 54-year-old Chelsea owner sets sail in the summer
The Solaris will be Abramovich’s second superyacht and not as large as the Eclipse, a 533ft vessel. He has previously owned at least five other colossal yachts, the 162ft Sussurro the most recent to change hands in around 2017.
Two high-tech electrical engines called Azipods will drive the colossal boat. The super-efficient propeller pods can turns through 360 degrees, providing incredible manoeuvrability, and render a rudder unnecessary.
The yacht is covered in tarpaulin and materials as shop builders finish works on the massive boat at the end of December. She is expected to set sail in the summer
Abramovich at a theatre premier in Moscow in May, 2018
Solaris was pictured surrounded by scaffolding and cranes at the end of December as she neared completion at the Lloyd Werft shipyard in Bremerhaven, north of Bremen.
A source told The Sun: ‘This will be the yacht of the year when she is launched later this year.’
Solaris will have a top speed of 18 knots (20mph) and feature an outdoor beach club area, with a jacuzzi and spa to accompany the swimming pool.
Mr Abramovich is already the owner of a £540 million superyacht, Eclipse, which he uses for cruises around the French Riviera where he owns a villa in Antibes.
The 533ft yacht, at time of launch the largest privately owned superyacht in the world, is more than 70ft longer than Mr Abramovich’s new yacht.
The source added: ‘Details are being kept top secret but she will be a magnificent addition for the owner.
‘To give you an idea of the size of Solaris the yacht shed she is being built in is bigger and taller than Buckingham Palace so you have some idea of the dimensions.’
The billionaire has owned a series of other luxurious yachts before Solaris and Eclipse. Three of them – including the £110million Le Grand Bleu, the £274million Pelous and the £276million Luna – measured more than 370ft.
Others have included the 282ft, £110million Ecstasea with a top speed of 25 knots and the smaller 162ft, £16million Sussurro.
But the Russian won’t be sailing to Britain anytime soon after his visa expired two years ago.
Mr Abramovich, who owns a £200 million property empire in London, became an Israeli citizen in 2018 after he announced that he had withdrawn his UK visa application.
It came amid heightened tensions between London and Moscow over the Salisbury Novichok attack.
Value: £430 million
Top speed: 18 knots (20mph)
Engines: Two Azipod electrical propellers
Extras: Helipad, swimming pool, beach club area, jacuzzi and spa
Value: £540 million
Top speed: 22 knots (25mph)
Cabins: At least 24 guest cabins, but dozens more for the crew
Engines: Four MTU 20V 1163 TB93 diesel engines
Extras: Two helipads, a submarine and three landing craft, two swimming pools and a dance floor
Abramovich’s previous yachts
Value: £16 million
Top speed: 36 knots (41mph)
Engines: Twin 4,000 horse power Textron TF4 gas turbines and twin 3,442hp Paxman diesel engines
Value: £110 million
Top speed: 25 knots (29mph)
Engines: Quad 3,000 horse power MTU diesel engines, and a single GE LM2500 gas turbine 1
Le Grand Bleu
Value: £110 million
Top Speed: 17 knots (20mph)
Engines: Twin Deutz-MWM SBV16M 628 diesel engines
Value: £276 million
Top speed: 23 knots (27mph)
Engines: Twin Wartsila 4,500kW electric engines and propelled by twin Azipods
Extras: Helipad, 20-metre outdoor swimming pool, dance floor, spa, elevator, deck jacuzzi, gym
Value: £274 million
Top speed: 19 knots (22mph)
Engines: Twin Wartsila 3,900kW diesel-electric engines
Extras: Two helipads, large swimming pool, various water sports craft, including jet skis
Abramovich’s Eclipse yacht off the coast of Portofino, Italy, in September 2013. The yacht is valued at £540 million
Mr Abramovich – whose net worth is around £10bn – already owns a colossal superyacht, Eclipse, which was the largest in the world when it was launched
In January, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny called for the freezing of Mr Abramovich’s assets over his poisoning and detention.
A representative of the 44-year-old anti-corruption campaigner accused the Chelsea owner of being associated with the Kremlin.
Mr Abramovich’s representatives poured scorn on the claims.
He is worth a reported £10 billion and has overseen years of lavish spending at Chelsea Football Club since taking over in 2003.
Under his ownership, the London club have won five Premier League titles, the Champions League and become one of world football’s most valuable clubs.
The Russian owns a 15-bedroom mansion in Kensington Palace Gardens on what is known as ‘billionaire’s row.’
He paid £90 million for the home which is now believed to be worth £125 million.
Mr Abramovich made his fortune by selling assets purchased from the state after the fall of the Soviet Union.