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Andrey Melnichenko's new yacht A in Palma de Mallorca
Andrei Melnichenko's yacht

Yacht name: A
Formerly: Project Sigma • SF99
Length: 390 ft • 119 m
Year: 2008
Builder: Blohm & Voss • HDW • # 970
Architect: Martin Francis
Design: Philippe Starck

Photo Thomas • Valletta Grand Harbour, Malta • October 2008
Photo monacoeye • Beaulieu • September 2008
Photo Gerhard Merz • Palma de Mallorca • July 2008
Photo Andreu • Palma de Mallorca • July 2008
Photo Klaus Gaeth • near Kiel • 11 March 2008
Photo Armin Tank • Kiel • 10 March 2008
Photo Jörg Brekeller • Kiel • 20 February 2008
Photo Boschuda • Kiel • Dec 2007 - Jan 2008

Oct 2008: A nice shot of A in Malta from Thomas and an earlier one from when she visited Monaco. July 2008: A has arrived in Palma de Mallorca, more excellent Nokia N95 shots ! June 2008: The Final name of the yacht formerly known as Sigma and SF99 is the unGoogleable "A". A's owner is Andrei Melnichenko, (see comments below, January 2008)

First Sea Trials: Excellent photos from Klaus Gaeth in Kiel of SF99's first sea trials. And if you're wondering what makes Philippe Starck tick, here he is on the big design questions - life, the universe, and toilet brushes ….

March 2008: New photos from Boschuda ! Another veil is lifted from SF99 as the plastic protective covering is peeled from the windows on the lower deck and the scaffolding is removed from around the funnels, masts and Sea-Tel domes. The anchor enclosure also seems to have a new cover. Hydraulic hatches can be seen at the back. The name SF99 is clearly written on the stern - visible in Armin's shot from yesterday evening - possibly a temporary name…

February 2008: More new photos, taken by Armin, showing off the razor sharp bowGreat new photos of Project Sigma - taken by Jörg - of the extraordinary new Philippe Starck designed megayacht from ThyssenKrupp, conceived in 2003.

Once again, Philippe Starck has made a radical departure, literally turning yacht design on its head, with a superstructure reminiscent of an upturned keel. He has also borrowed heavily from modern warship lines. Like it or loathe it, this will most certainly be the yacht of 2008.

Robert Frank of the Wall Street Journal has already dubbed this the ugliest yacht in the world ! Although many of his readers appear to disagree…

Pantsbloke's (!) comment below that the owner is Andrei Melnichenko has now been confirmed.

At 118 m, Sigma is the world's 9th largest yacht - 3rd largest if you don't count state-owned yachts and charter cruisers. Though she will drop a place when the yet unseen Project May from Peterswerft is launched later this year.

Design plans on Philippe Starck website here (under vehicles).

Al Salamah

Al Salamah

Yacht name: Al Salamah
Length: 456 ft • 139 m
Year: 1999
Builder: Lürssen # 13590 • HDW
Design: Terence Disdale

Photo: Thilo Klink • Lürssen Werft • Bremen Vegesack Lemwerder • 2001

Finally a shot of the Saudi royal gigayacht Al Salamah - thanks to Thilo !

These photos were taken on a visit to the Lürssen Werft yard in Bremen Vegesack, back in 2001, in the pioneering days of digital cameras - I had a bit of fun with a Hockney style composite with the low res originals.

Al Salamah was back at MWB Bremen, in Bremerhaven, in 2007 - did anyone happen to record the visit ?

Thilo also has a question which had me stumped - I'll post it in the comments.