New details released about mysterious 136m Lürssen superyacht Project Shu
by Chris Jefferies
Project Shu successfully completed her sea trials off the coast of Germany during March and May 2018, and she will be delivered to her owners this autumn.
With a beam of 20.5 metres, Shu boasts a massive volume. She features a stylish exterior by Espen Øino, with cutaway bulwarks on the bridge deck and upper deck that will allow plenty of natural light to flood in through the floor-to-ceiling windows.
The yacht's proportions are well balanced, allowing for expansive exterior decks and more intimate formal areas. A special feature is the enormous swimming pool, which is set transversely on the main deck aft. Shu also has large sea terraces and swim platforms, which enable easy water access for watersport activities.
Of particular note is Project Shu's helicopter capabilities: she has a pair of superyacht helipads, one on the sun deck and a second situated on the bridge deck, with D-Values of 18 metre and 14 metres that are able to host the largest helicopters on the market.
"Shu fulfils the requests of a very experienced owner in an exceptional way," says the shipyard's managing partner Peter Lürssen. "The owner's input within all aspects of the yacht's design was clear, strong and exacting."
Project Shu's elegant and graceful interiors are by Mark Berryman. The designer has created a calm and spacious interior highlighted by neutral tones complemented by tactile surfaces and finishes.
Imperial Yachts acted as the broker, owner's representative and build supervisor during the build of Project Shu, and will continue with the superyacht as the operational manager.
Upon handover, this monumental project is expected to become one of the top 20 largest superyachts in the world.
It is understood that Lürssen is currently working on four new build projects in the 130 metre plus bracket, including an as yet unnamed 146 metre motor yacht and the 135 metre Project Thunder — an Espen Øino design due for delivery in spring 2018.
Restrictive confidentiality agreements mean that Lürssen will not comment on any of these in-build projects.