The 142-meter superyacht Nord, built at the German shipyard Lürssen, will be handed over to the owner in the first quarter of 2021, Lürssen told Forbes. The ship belongs to the owner of Severstal, Alexei Mordashov, two sources in the yacht market told Forbes. Lürssen declined to comment on the owner.
The vessel was the largest launched this year, according to Boat International Media, and one of the largest in the world, ranking 10th behind Abu Dhabi Royal Family Yacht A +. If we talk about the largest boats of Russians, then in this list it will take the fourth place - after Eclipse by Roman Abramovich F 10, Dilbar Alisher Usmanov F 7 and Sailing Yacht A by Andrey Melnichenko F 9.
A source close to the businessman, Forbes clarified that the businessman does not plan to part with the previous boat - the 63-meter Lady M built in 2013: Mordashov has seven children, including two adult sons from his second marriage, Kirill and Nikita, to whom he has already transferred part of their assets.
How much the new ship cost the billionaire is unknown, the final cost is usually highly dependent on the interior decoration. According to the founder of Yacht Harbor Dmitry Semenikhin, the construction of the yacht could have cost a businessman $ 300 million. Lenard and the prices for yachts closest in size from the same Lürssen, it can be about $ 500 million.
The delivery of the project was delayed - the yacht was supposed to be handed over to the customer in 2019, as reported by the brokerage company Moran Yacht & Ship, which oversaw the construction process. For her, the project has become the largest in history. The date of delivery of the vessel was postponed to 2020, but it was not met either. Changed not only the terms, but also the name of the yacht - initially it was called Redwood, when launched in July 2020 - OPUS, and in November it was renamed Nord ("North"). The last name has something in common with the name of the businessman's company - Severstal. The physical replacement of letters in the name on the bow of the boat and in the design elements along the sides took place in the dark, says one of the interlocutors of Forbes. Photos of this process were later posted on his Instagram account by a German yacht photographer.
Nord is ready to accommodate up to 36 guests in 20 cabins, it has six decks, one of which is technical. Features include a large swimming pool, jacuzzi on the sun terrace, spa, diving center, cinema, beach area, barbecue area, tender garage and two helipads. The ship's design was developed by the world famous Venetian studio Nuvolari & Lenard, for which this project was the third joint with Lürssen. The other two are the 86m Quatroelle (2013) and the Testarossa (2022, 116m) under construction. The boat will be serviced by a team of more than 40 people.
According to Avdeev, Nord was built in the best traditions of Lürssen using all the latest achievements. According to its characteristics, it is in the middle between two other boats of the shipyard - A + and Flying Fox: its displacement hull is also made of steel, and the superstructure is made of aluminum. The hybrid engine allows a maximum speed of 20 knots, cruising speed - 15 knots.
Avdeev believes that Nord will not only be comfortable, maximally autonomous and ready for transatlantic crossings, but also highly environmentally friendly - in this Lürssen project, a golden mean was found between the weight of the boat, engine power and environmental friendliness. “The 9,250-ton yacht has a hybrid propulsion system (where the power from the engines is supplemented by the power from the power plants. - Forbes). The exact system has not yet been announced, but knowing the involvement of Lürssen CEO Peter Lürsen in the Water Revolution Foundation, which deals with environmental issues in the yachting business, it is obvious that the yacht will be highly environmentally friendly, ”Avdeev says.
Boat International Media writes that the boat is trending in demand for superyachts over 100 meters in length to explore the most difficult to reach places. For these purposes, it is equipped with a harness to protect helicopters in extreme climatic conditions, a submarine and a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) for navigating the ocean floor.