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Inside the 66m yacht sold by Goldman Sachs

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BEAM Staff
December 12, 2017

One of the most noteworthy cases in what has been a recent uptick in the amount of information on superyachts that has been disclosed, was the sale of the 66-meter Oceanco, Natita by the world famous investment bank, Goldman Sachs.

Seized by Goldman after their prized client, American oil mogul, William Kallop didn't repay a loan he took out from the investment bank, Natita sold for a final price of $39,9 million, a discount of over 30% over her initial asking price. One of the most innovative yachts of her generation, amongst the 66-meter's features are a super sized hot tub and private cinema.

Delivered in 2005 as Dilbar by Oceanco in the Netherlands, the 66-meter yacht became the first superyacht owned by Russian billionaire, Alisher Usmanov. Renamed to Ona in 2008 following the delivery of Usmanov's new 110-meter Lurssen, the yacht was put on the market and sold in 2010 at an asking price of €59,9 million to William Kallop.

A year prior to buying the yacht, Kallop had sold his oil business to a consortium of Korean and Columbian investors for nearly $1 billion, investing into Quicksilver Ressources shortly following the sale.

Named after his moter-in-law, Natita wasn't the first yacht purchased by Kallop who also owns the 57-meter Bad Girl, built by Brooke Marine in 1992, and a 93ft yacht, once used by John F. Kennedy, which he bought at auction in 1998 and restored.

In 2014, Kallop borrowed $32 million from Goldman Sachs against Bad Girl and Natita according to court fillings. The bank then claims the owner then stopped servicing the loan in November 2016 with nearly $28 million still left. Three crew members, captain included, recently obtained $90,000 in back pay from the owner from a Florida court.

Goldman eventually filled a suit with the Miami federal court to have the boat seized, which the US Marshals did at a West Palm Beach marina. The bank's first act as acting owners was to purchase $67,000 of fuel for the yacht to keep the generator running, fillings show. To date, the investment bank has spent $438,000 on maintaining the yacht.

Whereas Natita may now pale in comparison to other superyachts such as her initial owner's flagship, 156-meter Dilbar, at the time of her delivery, in 2005, she was very much considered to be one of the most impressive vessels on the water.

Designed by Oceanco on the exterior, the 66-meter features a circular aft section, which is a rare element on a modern yacht of her size. As a result, the yacht offers large interior volumes, amounting to a total gross tonnage of 1,801GT.

Aft of Natita's main deck is a spacious main salon with a number of lounging sofas centered around a coffee table and surrounded by floor to ceiling windows. Forward of the living room is located a formal dining room that seats up to 12, with direct access to the galley.

Forward of the dinning room on the main deck can be found a private cinema. Featuring a mix of reclining chairs and lounging pads, the room's tall windows can be blacked out with remote-controlled blinds. A screen then extends at the extremity of the room with a cinema-grade projector located at the back.

Towards the bow of the main deck is located Natita's master cabin. With its bed facing aft, the master cabin is just slightly smaller than the 66-meter's cinema. Amongst the stateroom's features are a lounging space, full-beam bathroom as well as the option to connect it with an adjacent cabin.

Three other guest cabins are located on the main deck. Envisioned as VIP cabins, these offer a wide layout, with spacious bathrooms. The advantage of having the cabins on the main deck are the tall windows that were installed, offering better views than a lower deck layout.

Up on Natita's upper deck is yet another living room. The skylounge features a combination of sofas, ideal for entertaining, as well as playing tables that can be transformed into a dinning table for the yacht's 12 guests. A bar section can also be found in the lounge, making it the perfect location for evening cocktails before or after dinner.

Two further cabins are found on the upper deck, bringing the total to 6 and allowing Natita to accommodate up to 12 guests whilst cruising. Envisioned as twin cabins, they can also be transformed into regular double cabins through sliding beds.

Forward on Natita's upper deck is located her bridge. Offering a clear, 180 degree visibility in front of the yacht, it features top-notch navigational equipment as well as video cameras for the yacht's crew to be able to best navigate and monitor the 66-meter yacht. In total, 22 crew are typically found onboard.

The most prominent feature on Natita's sundeck is her extensive Jacuzzi. Made out of glass, her hot tub is surrounded by an overflow fountain that flows down across three steps and gives it a majestical look. Forward of the hot tub are a myriad of sun pads for lounging in the sun.

The sundeck's aft can be used as a touch and go helipad. When it isn't used for operations, however, the area is transformed into a large lounging area with numerous sunbeds. In between the helipad and the Jacuzzi is a gym, hidden behind a dividing wall that acts as a windbreak as well. Two tables are also found slightly behind the windbreak.

One of the early innovations found onboard Natita is her extensive beach club, which was an extremely rare feature on yachts of her size at the time of her build. Offering direct access to the sea through a large staircase and a foldable platform, it is a place dedicated to relaxation and enjoying the sea.

In order to make this beach club area possible, Natita's garage was moved slightly forward and made accessible through a foldable door that opens up to her right side. In addition to her large tenders, Natita's garage also hosts her fleet of watersports and toys.

High-profile owners

Delivered in 2005, Natita was initially known as Dilbar. In fact, it was the first yacht in the eponymous series that led to today's 156-meter Dilbar, which is now the largest yacht in the world by gross tonnage.

As the other Dilbars, Natita was commissioned by Russian billionaire, Alisher Usmanov. Now valued at $15,6 billion by Forbes, Usmanov is amongst the richest men in Russia. Having made his wealth in metal and mining operations, the billionaire has since diversified into a range of other assets that have made him notably famous on the tech scene.

Whilst Usmanov still maintains active interests in the metal and mining fields through his USM Holdings and Metalloinvest, he has also been active in the tech space, being an investor in companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Groupon, Zynga, AirBnB, Alibaba and later Apple. In addition to this, Usmanov also co-owns Megafon, the second largest telecom operator in Russia as well as a number of assets in the Russian media space.

Photo by Julien Hubert

Currently valued by Wealth X at $1,4 billion, William Kallop is a Texas native and veteran of the oil industry. Having entered into the sector in 1974 at McAllister Towing and Transportation, he later started his own oil company in 1994. 

From that point on, Kallop's company became increasingly active in Peru, where media says the billionaire was able to amass most of his wealth. In 2009, his Petro-tech Peruana SA was sold to Korea National Oil Corp and Colombia's Ecopetrol SA for an amount reported to be between $900 million and a billion dollars.

One of the world's most well known companies, Goldman Sachs was founded in 1869 and today engages mostly in investment banking and finance-related activities. Having posted revenues of $37 billion in 2016, the company currently employs over 34,400 people.

Natita is not the only yacht with which Goldman was recently caught up in litigations. The investment bank is also currently involved with the 85-meter Oceanco, Sunrays that is reportedly caught in the middle of disputes between the Essar Group and a NY-based hedge fund.

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