Limassol may be the focus of attention this week as the American Iwo Jima is in the area for exercise drills, but a different kind of boat is stealing the show.
The biggest yacht in the world, the Dilbar, is now anchored right opposite the amphibious assault ship. The luxury superyacht, which belongs to 63-year-old Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov, has a total interior volume close to 16,000 gross tonnage (GT) and includes a 180 cubic metre swimming pool, a power plant generating 30,000KW, and two heliports.
The Dilbar was built in Lurssen and delivered to the Mediterranean in May 2016, replacing Usmanov’s previous yaught. The price was $600 million (close to half a billion euro). It has enough space for 40 passengers and 85 crew members, while its dimensions are 157 metres long and 24 metres wide/ Interior space in volume adds up to 3,850 square metres. An indoor swimming pool has 185 square metres in volume. The Dilbar can reach speeds up to 22.5 knots.