Eclipse docked in St George's on Tuesday. *Photo by Gillian Outerbridge
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30: A multi-million dollar motor yacht cruised into St George’s Harbour yesterday morning.
The Eclipse was built for Russian billionaire and Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich in 2010.
The mega-vessel is believed to be the world’s largest private yacht and reportedly comes complete with helicopter pads, mini-submarine and German-built missile defence system. Eclipse pulled alongside at Penno’s Wharf at 8am and is expected to make the trip around Hamilton Harbour later this week.
The Sun understands that the yacht, which is flagged in Bermuda, is hoping to anchor at Salt Kettle later in the week.
Eclipse has created quite a stir already across Bermuda with islanders heading to the East End to catch a glimpse of the yacht and take photographs.
The yacht has two helicopter pads, 24 guest cabins, two swimming pools, several hot tubs and a disco hall.
It is also equipped with three launch boats and a mini-submarine that is capable of submerging to 50 metres.
Around 70 crew members are needed to operate the yacht. Mr Abramovich’s master suite and the yacht’s bridge are said to be fitted with armour plating and bullet-proof windows
The yacht is also reportedly equipped with an ‘anti-paparazzi’ shield in the form of lasers that sweep the surroundings.
When they detect a charge-coupled device (CCD) they shine a light right at the camera to prevent the photograph.
Eclipse was launched on 12 June 2009. It arrived in Frederikshavn, Denmark on September 18, 2009 for tests, and was delivered to Mr Abramovich on December 9, 2010.