Also underway at Lürssen in Germany, the 146m secret superyacht project Project Opera was technically launched for the first time in early 2021. It is understood to be the rebuilt 145m Project Sassi, which was sadly destroyed in the company’s 2018 shipyard fire. Project Opera is reported to have a 20m beam and an interior volume exceeding 10,000GT. In May 2021, she was spotted on the move as she headed to Lürssen's outfitting facility in Bremen.
The 18 biggest superyachts under construction in the world
Every year, the world’s premium superyacht builders push the boundaries of design and construction to build the biggest superyachts in the world. German yard Lürssen has the most large-scale superyacht projects underway, claiming six from this list, while Dutch shipyards Oceanco and Feadship have four and three respectively. Coming in at number one is the 146m Project Opera, which is the first in a trio of Lürssens that lead this list...
Project Opera | 146m
Project Luminance | 145m
The 145m Lürssen superyacht Project Luminance is taking shape at the German yard and is understood to be based at an outfitting facility in Lemwerder where it will complete construction ahead of its launch date in 2022. It comes after the bow section of the ultra-secret superyacht was glimpsed underway at Lürssen for the first time early in 2021.
Project Alibaba | 130m
An unknown project, rumoured to be codenamed Project Alibaba, left the construction shed at Lürssen in May 2022 in two halves. Very little is known about this elusive new Lürssen build, only that it is estimated to be between 115m and 130m in length.
Oceanco Y721 | 127m
Recently linked to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, this massive 127m sailing yacht is currently underway at Dutch yard Oceanco. Little is known about this ultra-secretive project, but it is understood that the yacht is a three-masted schooner with an aluminium and steel construction. The yacht is set to become the largest sailing yacht in the world when it is delivered in 2022. She was recently glimpsed for the first time as she left the shed at Oceanco.
Project JAG | 125m
Sold by German yard Lürssen and Moran Yacht and Ship in 2019, the 125m Project JAG is designed by Nuvolari Lenard with an interior by Reymond Langton. Scheduled for delivery in 2023, the yacht will have accommodation for a total of 20 guests in 11 cabins and a number of standout features include a helipad, beauty salon, spa, sauna, swimming pool, indoor and outdoor cinema and a dance floor. Project JAG will have ample room for toys and tenders, including a sailing dinghy, Sea Bobs, windsurfers and a submarine.
Project Signature | 120m
Announced in September 2020, the 120m in-build Amels superyacht Project Signature is designed by superyacht designer Espen Øino and marks the second custom collaboration between the studio and the Dutch shipyard. Described as a “unique and powerful” vessel, Project Signature is set to be a "green, ecological superyacht" with diesel-electric engines and Azipod propulsion with superlative noise and vibration management. Project Signature is due for delivery in 2025.
Abeking 6514 | 120m
In October 2021, German shipyard Abeking & Rasmussen announced it had signed a contract to build a 120m+ superyacht. It will be the largest project undertaken by the shipyard since the 118m Project 6507 (also found on this list) which remains under construction.
Feadship 821 | 118.8m
Feadship's future flagship was spotted for the first time as she was floated out of her construction shed in April 2022. The yacht is on track to become the flagship of the Feadship fleet, usurping the current flagship, 110 metre Anna, and overshadowing the 118 metre in-build Project 1010 by just one metre. Project 821 is due for completion in 2024.
Project 1010 | 118m
Project 6507 | 118m
Setting a new size record for an Abeking & Rasmussen build, this project has been kept under tight wraps. The 118 metre Project 6507 is said to be designed for adventurous cruising, with lots of room for tenders, toys and even a submarine. One report claims there is also a Neptune Lounge, where guests can relax and dine. The yacht’s designer, Joseph Dirand, is better known as an architect and a furniture designer, who makes much of his “French touch” and art of living. His biggest project to date has been a 26-metre Otam.