The yacht Scheherazade is a very large superyacht, built by Lurssen. She was delivered to her owner in 2020. She is one of the largest yachts in the world.
The yacht has a length of at least 136 meters. We estimate her displacement at more than 9,000 tons. Update: her volume is actually 10,167 tons. Her maximum speed will probably be above 18 knots.
No designer has been disclosed yet. But she is probably designed by Espen Oeino. Oeino is responsible for most of the recent large yachts.
The interior of the yacht is designed by Zuretti Yacht Design. We guess that she will be able to accommodate at least 18 guests and a crew of 40.
Since she will cruise in Middle East waters, her outside areas are limited. (It is too hot in that region for outdoor entertainment). The focus is on interior space.
Based on the available footage of the luxury yacht, we conclude that her features include a helicopter landing pad, a large pool, a cinema, and several entertainment areas. She also has a drone crashing system, which literally crashes drones from the air.
Price of Scheherazade
It is difficult to assess the value/cost price of the custom-built yacht. It will be quite some amount though. ;-)
We were told her owner is based in the Middle East.
International Media claim that ‘she may have a Russian owner’. In an interview with the New York Times, the yacht’s captain Guy Bennett-Pearce stated that he had disclosed the yacht’s UBO (Ultimate Beneficial Owner) to Italian Customs.
(In the light of the Russian sanctions… ) The yacht was never seized and also did not leave European waters. Most Russian-owned yachts did flee to Russia or Turkey in early 2022. This supports our conclusion that she has indeed a Middle East owner).
Update March 23 2022 – Eduard Khudainatov is Owner
We are aware of all media attention that she is ‘Putin’s boat’. We saw the YouTube video about ‘Russian crew’ et cetera. But we were in doubt and therefore hesitant to publish.
Now we think there is some news.. Italian media claim that the Italian Government in Rome release the name of Eduard Khudainatov as the owner of Scheherazade.
Khudainatov is the former President of Rosneft and is currently an energy investor. We ‘heard his name before’ related to other large yachts but could never confirm.
So we think that this story is true and that Khudainatov is the mysterious owner of the megayacht.
Despite all rumors and ‘evidence’ it really does not make any sense to us that she is Putin’s yacht.
First of all, why would he risk his ‘image’ by being photographed on a large yacht as Scheherazade?
If he is on board such a yacht, he will be spotted. (He was spotted last year on the yacht Chayka).
Also, the Italian Customs did board and research the yacht. Those customs will not walk on board and ask ‘Hi, is this Putin’s yacht? No? OK, ciao, have a nice day!”
They researched her ownership structure and decided to leave the yacht untouched. She was not seized. They would have seized her if she was Putin’s boat.
Also, the Italian shipyard, where the yacht currently is for maintenance… They would be sanctioned if they kept working on her.
But they also researched the ownership structure and concluded that she is not owned by Putin.
Also, the superyacht would have fled Europe in advance of the war in Ukraine (like Graceful did / and we do think Graceful is Putin’s yacht ;-) )
So we really think this recent information is correct.
But if you have more information.. Please contact us!
(more here: https://www.lanazione.it/scovato-il-proprietario-dello-scheherazade)
Update May 6, 2022 – Italy freezes M/Y Scheherazade
Early May 2022 it was reported that Italy has frozen the yacht. The Italian Finance Ministry said an investigation found “significant economic and business links” between the yacht’s beneficial owner and “prominent elements of the Russian government”.
The ownership of the yacht has “long been under the attention of the authorities,” the finance ministry said in a statement.
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