World’s longest superyacht, The Azzam, launches from Germany— behemoth $609 million ship is the size of TWO football fields.

Built by Lürssen, the German luxury boatbuilder, is now the largest motor yacht in the world. It's name is Azzam, and at 590 feet long, it has officially bumped Roman Abramovich's yacht – the 536-foot Eclipse – from its number one ranking.

Lürssen will say that the boat was "without the a doubt the most challenging yacht that has ever been built." Aside from its sheer size, Azzam had to be super-fast and able to ply shallow waters "while providing luxurious and sophisticated accommodation to its guests."

For speed, the boat is powered by jets rather than propellers. It's got 94,000 horsepower under the hood. And it hit a top speed of 30 knots, which is about 30 percent faster than most mega-yachts. "It's like a 590-foot jet ski," said one executive involved in the project.

There are no immediate descriptions available of the interior, though we know it's in the hands of French interior designer Christophe Leoni, who's using a "turn of the century Empire style." Nor do we have critical details on the number of Jacuzzis, rotating beds or helicopter pads. But the main salon, at 95 feet long by 60 feet wide has no pillars dividing the space.

  • Lurssen Azzam

    Lürssen Yachts, one of the world’s notable shipbuilding company based in Bremen-Vegesack is now building a superyact that is expected to be the world’s largest private yacht when it launches next year. Dubbed as Project Azzam, this 590 ft mega-yacht which will be around 57 ft longer than the most expensive and the current largest private yacht ‘Eclipse’ owned by the Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich will cost $622 million to build. Strongly believed to be commissioned by the Saudi Royal family, the Project Azzam’s construction is undergoing at the Lürssen Yachts facility in Germany.

  • Eclipse yacht

    Owned by Russian oligarch and Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich, this yacht is known as the world’s largest private yacht with 558 feet in length. It is the most expensive private yacht in terms of its construction value. It is also the most expensive private yacht on charter with a fees of of $2 million for a week vacation. Facilities on board include 20 water jets, cinema, library, swimming pool, private garden among others. Also famous is the 5000 square feet master suite on the yacht’s topmost deck. Since Mr. Abramovich is known to be very particular about his security, the whole vessel is bullet and bomb proofed, and in case of an attack, there are five possible exits from the vessel.

  • Dilbari Yacht

    Owned by Russian business magnate Alisher Usmanov, this boat is frequently used by the man to visit his private islands. The yacht is known to be 361 feet long and has space for 12 guests and 48 crew members. The total weight of displacement is 4100 tones. Its engines are capable of speeding up to 21 knots, though they run best at 18.4 knots for a fulfilling experience. Created by Luerssen, the German shipyard in collaboration with Tim Heywood designs and interior decoration by Alberto Pinto, the ship is known to be loaded with luxuries including a private helipad and swimming pools among others.

  • ‘A’ Superyacht

    Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko is the owner of this water giant, which is 390 feet in total length. The unique name of the yacht has been inspired by name of the owner’s wife, Aleksandra who has a private 80 foot long top deck to enjoy her sun bathing adventures. There is also a helipad in case Mr. Melnichenko needs to fly down in his private chopper or leave for his official duties into main lands. A lot of flooring in the master suite and the bathrooms are known to be done up in marble, apart from featuring designer fittings all over the living space, which includes the private staircase and lift. The unique shape of the boat is also known to cut through ice bergs if the need arises but is perfectly well suited for cruises in the Mediterranean waters.

  • Platinum 525

    Way back in 2005 when this yacht was launched, it was the largest super yacht before being taken over by the Eclipse and ‘A’ superyacht. Commissioned in 1996 by Prince Jefri Bolkiah, the boat was bought by the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin-Rashid Al Makhtoum. Like its name suggests, the vessel is 525 feet in length and is supposed to have some luxurious features like private helipad with observation rooms, along with fully loaded luxury suites for passengers. Also listed in the amenities are the squash court, swimming pool and health spa. The power needed to drive this ship is derived from the 4 diesel engines which pack in close to 9000 HP of engine muscle to help it cruise along.

  • Rising Sun

    Currently owned by David Geffen, this yacht was originally commissioned by Oracle CEO Larry Ellison. This 453-feet vessel still stands as one of the top 10 largest private yachts in the world. The engine aboard the yacht is comprised of 4 MTU 20V 8000 M90 engines which generate 50,000 HP of output, and takes the boat up to 28 knots of speed. There are 82 luxurious rooms on 5 stories which include the 8,000 sq meter of living space, along with facilities like gymnasium and spa with sauna, along with extensive wine cellar, an ultra-luxurious master bedroom, private cinema with giant screens, and a basketball court on the main deck which doubles up as a helipad when needed.

  • Pelorus Yacht

    Like its Greek name which translates into ‘vast’, this yacht stands as one of Roman Abramovich’s favorite cruise ships with a sprawling length of 377 feet. Built in 2003 by the German shipyard Lurssen Yard, the interiors included the expertise of designer Tim Heywood. Initially owned by an Arab skeikh and later sold to Mr. Abramovich, the boat underwent some major changes in its design and painting in 2007 according to what the Russian oligarch wanted. The yacht is powered by 2 Wartsila engines generating 5500 HP of power, making it cruise at 20 knots but is best suited for a cruise speed of 16 knots over a distance of 6000 nautical miles. It’s known to be loaded with features including jet skies, wave runners, helipads, swimming pools, conference rooms and suites which can comfortably house 18 guests and 40 permanent members of staff.