As 2018 draws to an end, we can look back on a fantastic, progressive year for the superyacht industry. It is so exciting to see how technology is continuing to drive growth and innovation amongst new luxury vessels. Helidecks, swimming pools, underwater viewing lounges and environmentally conscious design plans are now becoming must have features, rather than rare luxuries.
A highlight of the year for us was the magnificent Monaco Yacht Show, at which we thoroughly enjoyed the chance to meet face to face with existing and new clients. On top of this, we got to do this standing in front of some of the world’s most impressive superyachts! The show was a huge success for ourselves and for the industry – Read our Monaco Yacht Show review to learn more about how the event panned out.
The World’s 5 Largest Superyachts 2018
Boat International have recently published their list of the top 200 largest superyachts in the world, as of December 2018. It is exciting to see that eight new dazzling superyachts released this year have made the list, including The Crescent (position 14), Anna (position 33) and Bravo (position 36).
However, it is the top 5 that our eyes were drawn to. Working regularly with helicopter landing pads on superyachts, we have a keen interest in large superyacht designs. Each of these 5 vessels are breathtaking pieces of marine engineering.
5) Al Saïd –
Al saïd is a 155 metre long superyacht, custom built by Lurssen Yachts in Bremen. It is estimated that she can accommodate a total of 70 guests and 154 crew members.
Secrecy has surrounded Al saïd since she was delivered to her owner, the Sultan of Oman, Qaboos bin Saïd al Saïd, in March 2008. Little is known about the activity of Al saïd other than that her home port is that of Muscat, Oman and that she sails under the Omani flag.
- Top speed of 25 knots
- A concert hall that can house a 50 strong orchestra
- Six decks, equipped with a helipad and a cinema
4) Dilbar –
Dilbar is the largest superyacht in the world in terms of gross tonnage, though not by length. That is to say she is the superyacht with the largest internal volume capacity. In terms of length, she measures at 156m long.
The 180 cubic metre swimming pool on board is the largest of any superyacht, taking full advantage of the sheer amount of space available on this vessel.
- Record breaking swimming pool
- 30,000kw electric diesel power plant (the most powerful fitted to any superyacht)
- Large helicopter landing pad
3) Dubai –
Dubai is a superyacht fit for royalty. She is the official royal yacht of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum (the ruler of Dubai, of course).
At 162m, she is the current 3rd largest superyacht in the world. The accommodation is for 24 guests, with an owners suite, 5 VIP suites and 6 guest suites. All are extremely spacious.
- swimming pool
- Barbecue area
- Garage for the vast selection of water toys
- Helideck big enough for a blackhawk helicopter
2) Eclipse –
Eclipse just edges Dubai by half a metre to take second place, measuring at 162.5m. When she was delivered, Eclipse was the largest superyacht in the world.
With an estimated price tag of $590 million (and annual maintenance costs of $60 million), this extraordinary vessel is owned by the well known Russian billionaire and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich. She can house up to 30 guests and 92 crew members. The master suite covers a staggering 5000 square feet.
- 16 metre swimming pool (can be transformed into a dance floor)
- Beach club
- Underwater lights
- Deck jacuzzi
- Beauty salon
- TWO helipads on deck (and even a THIRD place to land a helicopter in the hangar!)
1) Azzam –
Not too much is known about the world’s largest superyacht. Ownership is shrouded in secrecy, but she is believed to belong to a member of the Abu Dhabi royal family of the United Arab Emirates. In fact, the superyacht rarely leaves its dock, but being the largest superyacht in the world, it serves as a status symbol of wealth and power.
As well as being the largest superyacht in the world, Azzam is also up there with the fastest, reaching an impressive top speed of 30 knots. This is made possible because of her unique propulsion design.
- The prestigious title of being the world’s largest superyacht (17.5 metres longer than Abramovich’s Eclipse)
- Innovative water jet propulsion system
- Estimated 50 suites
- Interior design by French designer Christophe Leoni
- Bullet proof master suite
Safeguard Helideck Certification
One feature that all these extremely impressive superyachts have in common is that they all have a helipad. Helidecks on superyachts have become an essential feature for the next generation of elite vessels and this trend is set to continue into 2019.
In order for a superyacht helipad to be deemed safe to a recognised standard, it must be inspected and certified by a licensed Aviation Inspection Body (AIB), authorised by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).
Safeguard Helideck Certification are superyacht helipad inspection experts. Our team are licensed to assess and, on successful inspection, provide the relevant documentation, a Helicopter Landing Area Certificate, to confirm that a superyacht is safe to operate a helipad.
A Helicopter Landing Area Certificate is essential, especially if you are looking to put a superyacht up for chartering. It provides a documented guarantee that the operations involved with landing and departing a helicopter will be safe, during the charter of the yacht.