Russian industrialist’s monstrous £360m superyacht with masts taller than Big Ben docks in south of France

Russian industrialist’s monstrous £360m superyacht with masts taller than Big Ben docks in south of France

A RUSSIAN industrialist’s monstrous £360m superyacht with masts taller than Big Ben has docked in the south of France.

Andrey Melnichenko wowed onlookers as he pulled his enormous 468ft-long futuristic vessel with luxurious on-board pool and extravagant lounge decks into port.

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The yacht’s masts are almost 330ft tall – taller than Big BenCredit: BackGridThe enormous vessel comes complete with eight decks

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The enormous vessel comes complete with eight decksCredit: BackGridUp to 20 lucky guests can be accommodated on the mega-boat

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Up to 20 lucky guests can be accommodated on the mega-boatCredit: BackGrid

The impressive vessel, which comes complete with eight decks and masts that are almost 330ft tall, is the ninth largest yacht in the world and took four years to build.

The luxury yacht features multiple dining rooms and several balconies which stylishly open up on the side of the hull.

The yacht is powered by a “hybrid diesel-electric package with controllable pitch propellers”.

Up to 20 lucky guests can be accommodated on the mega-boat, hosted by a crew of 54, according to reports.

It also has free-floating spiral staircases and three masts that are taller than Big Ben and stretch up from the extraordinary wedge-shaped boat hull.

One of the masts is accessible from the inside, but the crew don’t need to climb them – the boat’s sails unfurl at the touch of a button.

The masts are technical masterpieces, and can rotate to make the most of the wind when out at sea.

The boat was also designed with bomb-proof glass windows and an owner’s cabin which is larger than most apartments in London or New York.

The high-gloss ship is able to whir across the waves at speeds of up to 20.8knots (24mph).

The ship also boasts a garage fit for four vehicles and a submarine, as well as a helipad on the bow.

Melnichenko named his superyacht Sailing Yacht A because in order for the vessel to be listed first in shipping registers.

The total sail area is equal to that of half a football pitch, with two double-decker buses able to be hung from the masts.

The Russian industrialist’s newest yacht also includes rotating masts that were built by Magma Strustures at Trafalgar Wharf, Portsmouth.

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The Russian billionaire is notorious for his extravagant lifestyle.

Alongside his two astonishing superyachts, the billionaire owns a customised Boeing 737 private jet, a villa in the French Riviera, a penthouse in New York and an estate near Ascot, England.

He married his model wife Aleksandra in an opulent ceremony in the South of France with singers Whitney Houston and Christina Aguilera leading the after-party.

Melnichenko, 48, is also the father of a son and daughter and has an estimated net worth of around $15.1 billion, making him the 9th richest person in Russia and the 96th wealthiest person in the world.

He is an industrialist, he owns majority stakes in fertilizer producer EuroChem and coal energy company SUEK.

The boat was also designed with bomb-proof glass windows

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The boat was also designed with bomb-proof glass windowsCredit: BackGridTwo paddle boarders glide by and give an idea of the sheer enormity of the ship

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Two paddle boarders glide by and give an idea of the sheer enormity of the shipCredit: BackGridRussian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko and his wife Aleksandra Melnichenko

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Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko and his wife Aleksandra MelnichenkoCredit: Fame FlynetA view of the rear of the yacht reveals a glimpse of the opulent lounging and dining options on board

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A view of the rear of the yacht reveals a glimpse of the opulent lounging and dining options on boardThe vessel's interior is designed with a colour scheme of white and gold

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The vessel’s interior is designed with a colour scheme of white and goldThe superyacht's masts are capable of hoisting sails bigger than a football pitch

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The superyacht’s masts are capable of hoisting sails bigger than a football pitchThe vessel boasts an impressive multi-level deck for dining

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The vessel boasts an impressive multi-level deck for dining The 390ft floating palace – has luxury cabins for up to 14 guests and accommodation for 42 crew

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The 390ft floating palace – has luxury cabins for up to 14 guests and accommodation for 42 crewThe Russian made his billions founding the fertiliser producer EuroChem

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The Russian made his billions founding the fertiliser producer EuroChemCredit: Getty Images – Getty

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