Abramovich meets James Bond to counter pirates!

Megayacht ECLIPSE will eclipse all other luxury yachts.

Megayacht ECLIPSE will eclipse all other luxury yachts.

Update: Superyacht Eclipse has now been launched.

Mr. Roman Abramovich has a James Bond approach to the largest private yacht in the world.  I found this article at LiveYachting.com so you can read more there.

Roman Abramovich has a fantastic solution for keeping pirates and other unwelcome visitors at arm’s length – a huge megayacht with all the toys imaginable! The Motor Yacht in question is to be called ECLIPSE and she will be the biggest yacht in the world!

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Somalian pirates are a serious threat to commercial shipping presently. Mr. Roman Ambrovich is a very well known patron of the yachts and his solution is creating a motor yacht (megayacht ECLIPSE) which is complete with a missile detection system.

First, it will have radar designed specifically to warn of incoming rockets. And of course there will also be armored protection around the wheelhouse and the billionaire’s cabin – along with bullet proof windows.

If pirates do in fact do breach the security cordon and climb on board the beautiful superyacht and Abramovich, 41, can escape through secret corridors to a submersible submarine that is launchable underwater and can dive away to safety, up to 160ft in depth!

Some of the serious hardware on this massive yacht!

Some of the serious hardware on this massive yacht!

Motor yacht Eclipse will be the largest private yacht in the world and is rumoured to be about 508 feet (155 m) to 525 feet (160 m) long – even larger than Ambrovich’s the others in his impressive collection of yachts, such as the 37 foot Pelorus or Sussurro and Ecstase. The motor yacht is due for delivery next summer and is reported to be costing around £200m. She is currently under construction in the Hamburg, Germany by the shipyard Blohm + Voss that produced the famous World War II naval vessel the Bismarck.

Billionaire Roman Abramovich is famous for, amongst other things, being the owner of the Chelsea Football Club.

If you are surprised that such project will still go ahead in this economic climate, then be prepared for more surprise. So far the credit crunch has had little effect on the world of mega-yachts and according to ShowBoats International Magazine, 916 new private luxury yachts longer than 80ft are on order in 2008. This is an 18% rise from last year!