Chelsea owner Abramovich builds £200m super-yacht

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Chelsea owner Abramovich builds £200m super-yacht



When you have a personal fortune of £11.7billion, you can perhaps be forgiven for feeling the need for protection.

In Roman Abramovich's case, the solution is to order an armour-plated mega-yacht with missile detection system to offer early warning of attack by pirates or terrorists.

At 550ft long, the vessel, costing more than £200million, will be the largest private yacht ever constructed.

It is being built secretly at the shipyard in Germany which produced the World War II battleship the Bismarck.

The yacht will include radar equipment designed to warn the crew of incoming rockets, together with bullet-proof windows and armour plating on the bridge and around the 41-year-old Russian tycoon's cabin.

There will be twin helicopter pads and anti-bugging equipment, while the crew of 70 will include former SAS and Special Boat Service personnel.

If intruders make it on board the Eclipse, named because it is intended to overshadow all other private boats, Abramovich and his girlfriend Daria Zhukova, 26, could escape in a yellow submarine which can dive to 160ft.

The tycoon's other yachts - the 377ft Pelorus, 282ft Ecstasea and 160ft Sussurro - are not believed to have missile defence systems or submarines.

And with a growing number of pirates operating in the world's oceans, the Chelsea Football Club owner does not want to take any chances.

Should he decide to sail to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, he will be prepared for an attack by gangs such as the Somali pirates who seized a Ukrainian cargo ship loaded with Russian tanks before demanding a large ransom less than a fortnight ago.

According to the International Maritime Bureau, pirates attacked 269 vessels last year, took nearly 300 hostages and killed five people.

Even the Mediterranean, where Abramovich usually keeps his yachts, is becoming less safe.
 
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Damn thats amazing. I remember looking at the boats in Spain
and wondering what it would be like to own one:)mmmm sweet
thoughts lol.
 

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thats impressive! im a painter/varnisher for a company which makes classic wooden yachts from scratch, we recently finished a 76ft boat which cost around 3.5 million quid! not abramovich stylee but one of the most expensive wooden boats in the world for the size etc, it had cinema surround sound pop up flat screen etc, more mod cons than a modern home, even the knives in the galley were crafted in japan and cost 140£ each

and one of our boats were used in casina royale but i still havent watched it yet
 

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i have seen Abramovich yot this summer in Croatia - the precise location is Premantura - and it have a little copter on the back... that's crazy....
simply the biggest boat i have ever seen owned by only one person
 
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