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The 20 biggest superyachts under construction

21 December 2023 • Written by Gemma Harris

Take a peek inside the sheds as we shine a light on the largest superyachts currently under construction, starting with a unique explorer project and followed by a quartet of Lürssens...

REV Ocean | 194.4m

With a new length of 194.4 metres, REV Ocean remains the largest yacht in build anywhere in the world. Construction on the goliath vessel was briefly halted, but happily, in 2023, we got the news that the build had picked back up at Vard's facility in Norway. The mission-based REV Ocean will be a research vessel-superyacht hybrid designed to traverse the globe undertaking crucial studies and visiting the furthest corners of our planet.

Luminance | 145m

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Project Luminance is a powerful-looking Lürssen with a classic raked bow and a high, brooding superstructure. Her two-tone exterior in navy blue and silver features two helipads and a large infinity pool and is the work of Espen Øino, marking the 30th collaboration between the designer and the shipyard. Interior design is the work of Francois Zuretti but details remain a closely guarded secret. She was last seen on sea trials in April.

Project Ali Baba | 142m

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Another enormous Lürssen project is Project Ali Baba. After leaving the construction shed in two halves in May 2022, she was officially launched in December 2023. The launch comes after the yacht was prematurely revealed when a technical failure of the dock gate at the yard's Bremen facilities forced the yacht's nose into the dock curtain. Aside from the first image showing a grey profile with an elongated bow and bold exterior lines, including two helipads, the remaining details have been kept under wraps.

Project Deep Blue | 130m

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While no official specifications have been released by Lürssen, Project Deep Blue is estimated to measure around 130 metres. The semi-complete hull was seen to be preparing to leave the shipbuilder's Lemwerder site in July, where she will move to Lürssen's Bremen facility for the next stage of construction. Here the bow segment will be attached ahead of her expected delivery date in 2025.

Project JAG | 122m

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Commissioned by a repeat client as a replacement for his 96-metre superyacht, Project JAG is the owner's third Lürssen. Nuvolari Lenard has given this big vessel a futuristic, winged mast structure and a long pointed bow with what looks like a kind of bowsprit walkway. She can accommodate 20 guests in 11 cabins, with berths for 40 crew (that's two crew to each guest). She was seen for the first time in her full form in August 2023. Since splashing, she was last seen in October 2023, heading out to sea trails sailing down the Kiel Canal in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.

Amels 120 Full Custom | 120m

Announced as a new evolution of the Amels Limited Editions line, the 120-metre in-build Amels superyacht is designed by  Espen Øino and marks the second custom collaboration between the studio and the Dutch shipyard. Described as a “unique and powerful” vessel, the project is set to be a "green, ecological superyacht" with diesel-electric engines and Azipod propulsion with superlative noise and vibration management.  The yacht is currently the largest project in build in the Netherlands and was last seen arriving at the Damen Yachting facility in Vlissingen, the Netherlands, to begin outfitting. Delivery is slated for 2025 when it is expected to be the largest Dutch-built motor yacht in the world.

Abeking 6514 | 120m

In October 2021, German shipyard Abeking & Rasmussen announced it had signed a contract to build a 120m+ superyacht. The Abeking 6514 will be the largest project undertaken by the shipyard since the commissioning of 118-metre Project 6507, now better known as Liva O.

Feadship 821 | 118.8m

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Feadship's future flagship was spotted for the first time as she was floated out of her construction shed in April 2022. The project, known as Feadship 821, is said to be the largest yacht built by the Dutch shipyard to date, usurping the 110-metre Anna and, to our understanding, topping the recently launched Project 1010. Project 821 is due for completion in 2024.

Project 1010 | 118.8m

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The 4,999GT Project 1010 marks a significant milestone for Feadship. The design comes from the pen of the redoubtable Espen Øino, whose fluid lines are interrupted by an unusual pair of “eyebrows” amidships. Otherwise, Project 1010 displays a dark blue hull, a heavily raked white superstructure and a unique observation lounge “bubble” deck with curved floor-to-ceiling glass, tucked just under the mast.

Project Cosmos | 114m

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Project Cosmos is yet another mega-build by German shipyard Lürssen and was glimpsed for the first time in March 2023.  The fuel cell-powered vessel was commissioned by a Japanese owner in 2020 and features an explorer-style profile with a glass observation lounge, swimming pool and an unusually large tender bay. Her exterior is the work of Australian designer Marc Newson, whose portfolio includes the 139.7-metre Solaris. She was last seen in transit from the yard’s facility in Rendsburg en route to begin outfitting in August 2023, with delivery expected in 2025.

Dorries 156 | 113.5m

In August 2022, it was reported that Dörries Yachts had signed a contract for the construction of a 100-metre-plus superyacht for an American tech mogul.

Oceanco Y722 | 111m

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The 111-metre Oceanco Project Y722 was first glimpsed in June 2022 as she left the construction shed and was shipped to Alblasserdam site to begin outfitting. The project is expected to sit around the 5,000GT mark, which would put her as the largest yacht by volume to be built by Oceanco. 

Oceanco Y726 | 111m

Joining Project Y722 is another 111-metre Oceanco, Project Y726. The project moved to outfitting in December 2023, arriving at the Alblasserdam facility in an unconventional graffiti-style wrap designed by Rotterdam-based graffiti artist I AM EELCO. Interior details helmed by  Mark Berryman are understood to be "refined",  with little else being known.

Project Icecap | 107m

When she was revealed last summer at Lürssen’s Peene-Werft naval yard, it was clear that Project Icecap was shaping up to be a very capable explorer yacht. With an axe-style bow and the superstructure well forward, the yacht should punch safely through big seas, while offering big cargo-carrying capacity on the open aft deck. Owner’s rep Moran Yacht & Ship described the boat as diesel-electric powered. An ice-classed hull, heli-hangar and forward observation lounge are also on the spec sheet. 

Freire NB729 | 105m

Little is known about the 105-metre explorer under construction at the Freire Shipyard. It is understood that the yacht has been penned by Bannenberg & Rowell Design inside and out. The contract was signed in July 2021 with the Spanish yard but no further details have been released. She is expected to be delivered in 2024.

Project JASSJ | 103m

Lürssen revealed the first details of the 103-metre Project JASSJ at the Monaco Yacht Show in 2021. Designed inside and out by RWD, Project JASSJ features accommodation for a total of 22 guests in 11 cabins, with an “industry-leading” beach club aft. Moran Yacht & Ship negotiated the contract and will supervise the build. She was last spotted emerging from the shed of the Rendsburg facility while being technically launched, in the same week that Project Ali Baba also emerged. The yacht shrouded in secrecy is scheduled for delivery in 2025.

Ulysses | 103m

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The third Feadship to make this line-up of the biggest yachts under construction is the 103-metre project, christened Ulysses, with expected delivery in 2024. The yacht, last spotted on sea trials in November 2023, has been penned inside and out by Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design, making this the 10th collaboration between the designer and yard. Feadship has said that the yacht’s modern profile used 1,100 square metres of exterior glass and will feature a single-deck engine room. Ulysses will follow in the footsteps of famous yachts under the same name, including two Kleven-built explorers. Once delivered, Damen Yachting’s U-81 will serve as her support vessel. 

Project Jash | 100m+

Turkish shipyard AKYACHT has signed a contract for the build of a 100-metre-plus superyacht, with delivery scheduled for 2027. It is set to be the largest superyacht built on Turkish soil and the biggest undertaking by the shipyard, succeeding the shipyard's flagship project – the award-winning 85-metre Victorious. 

Feadship 824 | 98m

The latest significant milestone in Feadship’s Project 824 is the joining of the hull and superstructure in September 2023. The yacht is now at the yard’s Kaag base, after moving out of the NMC facility, and will undergo outfitting. The yacht’s plumb bow, low profile and contemporary curves draw similiaries to Feadships Pi and Najiba. So far, little has been revealed about this project, but according to BOATPro data she is expected to splash in 2025.

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