Le Grand Bleu arrives in Hong Kong
Published: Wednesday, 10 April 2013
Le Grand Bleu, the 112.8-metre expedition-style megayacht, has arrived in Hong Kong for an undetermined length of stay. The yacht first entered the Asia-Pacific via the Indian Ocean, and was spotted cruising Phuket and the Mergui Archipelago before entering the South China Sea.
The yacht was originally built for US telecommunications billionaire John McCaw and was later sold to famed yacht collector Roman Abramovich. Abramovich then gave Le Grand Bleu to friend and business partner Eugene Shvidler in 2006. Le Grand Bleu was built at Germany's Kusch Yachts at the Bremer Vulcan yard. This yacht, which was designed for activitiy on the water, features a 22-metre Dubois-designed sailing yacht that can be deployed by crane, as well as a 21-metre Guy Couach Motor Yacht. Also among Le Grand Bleu's impressive collection of toys are two, 11-metre Buzzi sport boats, each able to reach speeds of up to 60 knots. There is also a landing craft to carry a 4x4 Land Rover for shoreside excurisions.
The yacht is being managed in Hong Kong by Lodestone Corporation, and is currently docked in Kennedy Town on Hong Kong island.