The world’s biggest super-yacht worth £515 million and measuring over 500ft long with 60 cabins and two helipads has arrived in the UK after a week-long voyage from Barcelona.
Dilbar arrived this morning and proved to be a spectacular sight as she made her way up Southampton Water.
Looking like something out of a James Bond film, she drew plenty of admiring glances as she cruised past Hythe and other waterfront communities.
Luxury facilities on board the huge vessel include almost 60 cabins and two helipads on the bow and aft of the upper deck.
Dilbar is the fourth largest yacht in the world by length but the biggest in terms of gross tonnage (15,917) and interior volume.
Her 30,000kw diesel electric power plant, thought to be a record for a super-yacht, gives her an impressive cruising speed of 22.5 knots.
Two years ago the super-yacht’s owner Usmanov was estimated to be Russia’s fifth richest man, with a net worth of $16 billion.
He is best known in business circles as the main shareholder of USM Holdings.
The billionaire made his money in metal, media, telecommunications and sport.
The vessel is equipped with an Airbus H175 helicopter, she is 512ft long with a beam of 79ft and a draft of 20ft.
She has a displacement of 1,230 tons – the equivalent of around 186 elephants.
Described as one of the most complex and challenging yachts ever built, her recreation facilities include a 25-metre pool which holds 180 cubic metres of water.
She can accommodate 36 guests and 84 crew. Dilbar was built by Lurssen Yachts at its shipyard near in Bremen, Germany.
Three years ago Dilbar was named the winner of the 2017 World SuperYacht Award for Motor Yacht of the Year.
The purpose of her visit to Southampton – and the likely length of her stay – is not known.
Usmanov ordered Dilbar to replace his other superyacht, a 377ft vessel which was previously called Dilbar and is is now known as Ona.
Built over 52 months, Dilbar’s exterior was designed by Monaco-based Espen Oeino, while her interior was done by London-based Winch Design.
Dimitri Semenikhin, of Yacht Harbour, previously said about the ship: ‘Yacht projects of this scale never fail to impress, especially when Lurssen is involved.
‘Dilbar is constructed in such a way that even through helicopter photo shoots, none of its features can actually be seen other than her two helipads.
‘Although there are some outdoor spaces on the yacht, the majority of the living space is located indoors, which has led to Dilbar having the largest interior volume of any yacht ever built.’