The mammoth $450million sailing yacht was spotted over the weekend floating outside Puerto Banus. The 143 meter vessel designed by the renowned Philippe Starck is owned by Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko who is by Forbes ranked as the 89th billionaire of the World with a net-worth of some $ 14.5 billion earned from the mining and fertilizing industry.
The gigantic world-famous super-yacht “Motor Yacht A” was finished in spring 2017 and is one of two ships owned by Melnichenko who also owns a Boeing 737, “Villa Altair” in Antibes and the “Harewood Estate” in Berkshire among others. Melnichenko, is said to favour using the letter ‘A’ so that his vessels are listed first in shipping registers.
With a contemporary exterior and interior this impressive super-yacht, has three 300ft masts that are taller than Big Ben’s tower. Sailing Yacht A boasts eight floors - with a helicopter pad on one of the decks - and an underwater observation room, needs a crew of 54, weighs 1.8 tons has a top speed of 39 kmph.
Marbella is looking forward to a re-visit.