Published: Monday, 08 April 2013
Mike Fulton

German shipyard Lürssen has launched the world's largest yacht at its facilities in Bremen. At 180 metre or 591 feet, Azzam will be delivered to her new owner later this year and now surpasses the revered Eclipse as the largest yacht in the world.

Led by Mubarak Saad al Ahbabi, a world-class team worked on this project. Under his leadership the original concept of the yacht was developed starting with the overall requirements for general layout, size and performance and exterior style. Mubarak's brief was to build a large luxury yacht with an innovative and timeless design that would travel at high speed in warm and shallow waters while providing luxurious and sophisticated accomodation to its guests - without doubt a most complex and challenging project.

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The technical engineering was developed by Lürssen, exterior design was by Nauta Yachts and the interior design by Christophe Leoni to create what is deemed as the most complex and challenging yacht ever built.

In addition to being the largest yacht in the world at 180 metres with a top speed of over 30 knots Azzam adds another record in terms of building time. Lürssen managing partner Peter Lürssen commented: "When she is delivered later this year, she will have been in build for only three years following one year of engineering. She truly represents another milestone in not only our history but yachting history as well."

Nauta CEO Mario Pedol said: "When I first saw the scale model before the general presentation to the principal, I was 100 percent happy with the outcome and so was the principal. Such recognition made me confident that we had achieved our goal."

"Though yachting is not my main area of business, I thoroughly enjoyed the cooperation with Nauta and Lürssen and I am confident that the final outcome is everything and more that the owner expects," said interior designer Christophe Leoni.

Azzam features a 29 metre-long main salon, a beam of 18 metres with an open plan and no pillars. She will travel in excess of 30 knots, powered by a combination of two gas turbines and two diesel engines providing a total of 94,000 horsepower (see below).  

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