SYT World Exclusive: Platinum Yachts unveils 162m Dubai - the world’s largest superyacht

Written by Merijn de Waard

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With her length of 162 metres, Dubai is the largest yacht in the world. She was originally commissioned by a Prince from Brunei and she was to be built at Blohm & Voss in co-operation with Lürssen. When a large part of the hull and superstructure of Project Panhandle/Golden Star was completed, the construction stopped and the unfinished yacht was sold to the ruler of Dubai. Following the sale, the project was renamed Platinum and transported from Germany to Dubai for completion at the newly formed shipyard, Platinum Yachts.

“Platinum Yachts started with a major challenge, to build the world’s largest yacht. The learning curve was steep and full of obstacles as the size of the yacht tested the limits of the industry to deliver quality and detail in such large volume. The results has proven that high quality, often encountered in small sized yachts only, could be achieved also in larger sized yachts and within budgetary limitations. Since the successful completion of the 162m Dubai, Platinum Yachts has delivered a variety of other projects”, says Kostas Antonopoulos – Rotschild, Managing Director of Platinum Yachts.

Dubai was designed by Andrew Winch design with naval architecture by Blohm & Voss. The hull is designed with round bilge steel hull and aluminium superstructure, consisting of 7 accommodation decks. The interior layout and design was completed by Platinum Yachts’ Interior Design and Decoration office, the detailed engineering for the vessel was completed by the design department of Platinum Yachts.

The general arrangement allows great variety in the use of the yacht, providing luxury owner and guest accommodations, dinning, outdoor areas with swimming pool, swim platform of 15m x 2m, Jacuzzi’s, Barbeque area and much more. Besides multiple dining areas, saloons, guest and VIP suites, other notable features onboard Dubai include, two owner’s suites on the sixth and seventh decks and two heli-observations rooms on the seventh and eight decks.

Two large 10 metre tenders are stored in the yacht’s garage and fishing gears and water sport equipments are stored in the two water toy rooms. The vessel has a helideck designed for landing/takeoff with weight up to 9.5 tons and with refueling facilities onboard.

The engine room installation ensures trouble free operation anywhere in the world. The propulsion installation consists of two shaft lines with controllable pitch propellers, each driven through a gearbox by two MTU diesel engines; fully flexible mounted to guarantee the lowest possible noise and vibration levels onboard and powerful enough to deliver 26 knots.

Dubai has cabins for 88 crew including the captain, chief engineer and Doctor, and she can house a total of 115 persons including crew and guest staff.

Main Specifications of Dubai 

Length Overall:162.00 metresBeam, Midships:22.00 metresDepth, Midships:9.26 metresDraft, Full Load:5.00 metresDisplacement:9150 tons fully loadedGross Tonnage:Approx 13470

Maximum Speed:26 knotsCruising Speed:25 knotsRange @ 25 knots:8500 nautical milesFuel Capacity:1050 tonsFresh Water Capacity:400 tons

Owner & Guest accommodation: Ample Owners and guest accommodation
Crew: Cabins available for 88 crew including Captain, Chief Engineer and Doctor. A total of 115 persons including crew and guest staff can stay onboard.

Classification: Lloyd’s Register +100A1 SSC Yacht (P) Mono G6 *IWS + LMC (UMS) SCM, SOLAS compliant for less than 36 passengers

Propulsion: Dual shaft propulsion system each consisting of 2 MTU 20V1163TB93 (6323 kW each) via reduction gears MAAG (twin input single output configuration) connected to a Controllable Pitch Propeller.



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