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Inside the largest yacht built in the Netherlands

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BEAM Staff
December 1, 2017

Completed earlier this year by Oceanco in the Netherlands, the 110-meter Jubilee became not only the largest yacht ever built in the country but also the most expensive yacht currently on the market following her completion. 

With an exterior by Russian designer, Igor Lobanov, Jubilee features a helipad, swimming pool, spa and decorative decks built in-between living space in order to make the yacht appear even larger when seen from the shore. An illusion that's also maintained during the night thanks to over 2 kilometers of LED lighting.

Commissioned in 2012, Jubilee took just under five years to complete and was delivered in turnkey condition, a particularly rare execution on yachts of this size.

According to Dutch publication, Quote, Jubilee was commissioned by the late Emir of Qatar, Khalifa bin Hamad al-Thani. The magazine argued that following his passing in October 2016, the yacht was put up for sale. Quote also indicated the asking price of the yacht to be at a reported €275 million.

"This particular platform had unusually big deck heights, so I started to think about a visual trick to hide the above average height of the yacht" Lobanov explained to BI. "So we decided to imitate more decks than there really are. I hoped many thinner layers would give a feeling of a larger vessel."

The unquestioned star of the 2017 edition of the Monaco Yacht Show, Jubilee is the only yacht of her size to have ever entered the market whilst still brand new and in turnkey condition, which, industry experts say, makes her a particularly interesting option for ultra high net worth individuals.

Amongst Jubilee's long list of highlights is her fully certified helicopter deck on her bow, suitable for an Augusta Grand New, a large swimming pool, several Jacuzzis spread throughout the yacht, a private owner's deck as well as her capacity to carry up to 30 guests in 15 cabins with her PYC compliancy.

Forward of the sundeck, the highest spot on the 110-meter superyacht, sits a large Jacuzzi with an unobstructed view forward of the yacht. Around the hot tub is an extensive lounging area filled with sun pads and a small dinning table for casual dinning.

"The superstructure was indeed challenging to execute due to the curves dictated by the design and the combination of materials, along with the hidden recessed lights." Paris Baloumis, Oceanco's marketing director told BI. "But we think the result is quite extraordinary."

"One of the biggest challenges was the application of paint on the multiple curved surfaces" Baloumis told BI. "When you spray paint on a flat surface, it is easier to make it look seamless. With curves, extra special attention was essential to give the same flawless appearance."

With an exterior penned by Russian designer, Igor Lobanov, the yacht can carry a total of 30 guests in 15 cabins catered to by a crew of 45. Key amenities onboard include a swimming pool with a built-in aquarium, a helipad and a large beach club.

Unquestionably a highlight of the yacht, her swimming pool is located aft of the main deck. Accessible through a comfortable staircase stretching the whole width of the pool, a jet system lets Jubilee's guests swim for long periods of time in the heated pool.

All around the swimming pool are located lounging areas to enjoy time onboard either inside or outside, as is becoming increasingly popular in yachting. Forward of the main deck is a dinning table as well as Jubilee's main salon, which blends into its pool area when its aft doors are kept open.

Thanks to relatively low railings, a feature found throughout the yacht, guests onboard Jubilee have an unobstructed view of the yacht's surroundings with Jubilee's shapes seemingly blending into the sea.

Right underneath the swimming pool area is located Jubilee's beach club. The location is meant for guests to enjoy time near the sea, wait for their tender or alternatively relax after a swim. As such, a series of sofas and lounging locations have been installed in the beach club as well as an aquarium, visible from the swimming pool on top.

To ensure guests are able to relax in Jubilee's beach club without having to vacate the area for tender operations or be bothered by technical activities, the 110-meter's garage opens from side doors forward of the beach club. On the sides, two custom built limo tenders can be released.

The white theme can be found throughout Jubilee as well in her Sam Sorgiovanni design coupled with elements of black and various lights. Up on the sundeck, a Jacuzzi can be found forward of the bow, with a sunbathing area next to it as well as a covered lounging space.

Down on the main deck is a formal, outdoor dinning table, which can be expanded to comfortably seat a large number of guests. From the dinning table, two staircases lead up to the next decks, a feature particularly useful when hosting large parties, moored in a marina.

Best seen from Jubilee's sundeck aft, the 110-meter's 'in-between' decks, blended into her exterior design by Igor Lobanov, create the impression of an even larger motor yacht when viewed from any vantage point, but from the shore in particular.

Built by Pascoe International, Jubilee's 10,6-meter limo tender matches her mothership's styling. With guest seating located on a lower level to allow for higher ceilings, crew members operate the tender from its aft. With Italian leather inside, the tender is inspired by Venetian taxi boats and is able to carry up to 12 guests at a time. 

Powered by twin MTU engines of 4,828hp each, Jubilee can reach a maximum speed of 18.5 knots and cruise at 14 knots for up to 5,000 nautical miles. She becomes the latest in a string of impactful projects for Oceanco including the largest sailing yacht in the world, the 106-meter Black Pearl and the 88-meter Barbara.

Following her delivery, Jubilee cruised from the Netherlands to the Mediterranean, through Gibraltar, on her maiden voyage. Her travels during the summer have caused a particular stir on social media thanks to her original look for a superyacht.

In creating Jubilee's interior, Sorgiovanni is said to have been inspired by the city of Casablanca. Inside, more marble has been installed than on any other yacht before. The main salon alone stretches over 135 square meters.

This project was introduced to Oceanco by Burgess who also provided Technical Consultancy & Project Management throughout the entire build process. She represents a number of firsts in yachting, not only for her size, but also the fact that she is a fully turn-key project completely outfitted at delivery including all Owner’s supplies; tenders, spares, watersports equipment, china, crystal, silverware, table linen, sheets, loose furniture, cushions, etc.

Powered by twin MTU engines of 4,828hp each, Jubilee can reach a maximum speed of 18.5 knots and cruise at 14 knots for up to 5,000 nautical miles. Instead of opting for a pod propulsion or diesel-electric system, Oceanco decided to focus on increasing the efficiency of more traditional systems on Jubilee.

Photo by Julien Hubert

According to Dutch publication, Quote, the 110-meter Jubilee is owned by Al Menwar Limited, a company registered in the Cayman Islands as the owner and operator of the superyacht. The magazine then reminds that the Emir of Qatar's previous, 65-meter yacht was also named Al Menwar, prior to her being refurbished and renamed Yaakun in 2007.

Photo by Raphael Belly

Quote also brings forward the fact that the Al Thani's supercar collection, which reportedly includes a Pagani Zonda Uno, a Ferrari 599, a Lamborghini and a Koenigsegg amongst other cars, are all painted in a Turquoise color, which seems to match the one found on Jubilee's superstructure.

Photo by Raphael Belly

As a result, Quote reported that the 110-meter Jubilee, largest yacht ever built in the Netherlands, was originally commissioned by the late Emir of Qatar. The publication then explains that the yacht was put up for sale following his passing at a reported asking price of €275 million.

Photo by Raphael Belly

Acquired in 2010 by Mohamed al Barwani, the Omani billionaire, Oceanco has rapidly extended its reach in the megayacht market following the change in ownership. Focusing on yachts over 80 meters, the shipyard has several notable yachts in the pipeline, including the 106-meter Black Pearl, the largest sailing yacht in the world.

Photo by Raphael Belly

"I see Oceanco as a great brand. The company offers an outstanding growth opportunity as the world economy recovers. Oceanco's order book is healthy and the business shows a strong balance sheet" said al-Barwani at the time of the acquisition.

Photo by Raphael Belly

Powered by twin MTU engines of 4,828hp each, Jubilee can reach a maximum speed of 18.5 knots and cruise at 14 knots for up to 5,000 nautical miles. She has now become the largest yacht built in the Netherlands.

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