What Is The Largest Superyacht To Be Launched This Year?


According to reports from the Monaco-based yacht management team at Imperial and renowned German shipyard Lürssen, Project SHU underwent sea trials in the North Sea earlier this year and is scheduled to be delivered to its owner in the Fall. And since she also represents the epitome of luxury—and measures slightly longer than 446-feet long—Project SHU is the largest superyacht to be launched this year (so far).

But I’m not surprised Project SHU tops the “Biggest Yacht” list this year. Lürssen has a stellar reputation for building some of the largest superyachts in the world and it features a striking exterior design from experienced superyacht stylist Espen Øino and a luxury interior from Mark Berryman. But I am surprised that they were able to keep such a large yacht a secret during construction. In fact, Project SHU was reportedly one of the most secret superyacht projects under construction at Lürssen.

Imperial Yachts

Project SHU

Size dose matter when it comes to yachts. Project SHU’s massive scale allows for two separate helipads—located on the aft sun deck aft and bridge deck—that can accommodate the world’s largest helicopters to land and take off. Meanwhile, the balance and proportions of the yacht’s profile allows for large exterior decks that offer a range of options for owners and guests to enjoy. Some deck are sun-drenched open entertainment areas while others are more sheltered and intimate formal spaces. The deck areas are also bolstered with a large swimming pool, which runs transversely on main deck and the sea terraces and platforms that allow easy water access for sports and relaxation.

Imperial Yachts

Project SHU

“Project SHU represents a major milestone for Imperial.” Says Julia Stewart, Imperial Director. “Our strong and very dynamic links with Lürssen, Espen Øino and Mark Berryman helped to achieve one of the most impressive superyacht of the next decade”

Shipyard Managing Partner Peter Lürssen says: “SHU fulfills the requests of a very experienced owner in an exceptional way. The owner’s input within all aspects of the yacht’s design was clear, strong and exacting. Building SHU was a significant challenge and we are very proud of this achievement. She represents another remarkable milestone in our history. Once again, we have had the great pleasure of working with the team of Imperial to create a truly wonderful yacht with many new and unique features.”

The only question is: Are even bigger yachts set to launch this year? Watch this space to find out.

By: Bill Springer, Forbes