Watch: Lürssen’s 146m megayacht Opera makes maiden voyage in Portsmouth

Lürssen Yachts - Launching OPERA

The 146.4-metre superyacht Opera has been delivered to its owners after leaving Lürssen’s Bremen facility in north Germany.

The superyacht — now the tenth largest in the world and the shipyard’s sixth biggest to date — made its maiden voyage in Portsmouth on the UK’s south coast on Sunday (5 March 2023). The vessel undertook a crew change before departing again at 10am Monday morning (6 March).

This impressive drone footage of the yacht’s arrival in Portsmouth, taken by GAP Drone Services, demonstrates the vessel’s daunting scale compared to the buildings on the harbourfront.

Opera has a volume of 12,518 GT. The interior and exterior design is by Terence Disdale Design, while the naval architecture was penned in-house at Lürssen.

Not much detail is known about the yacht’s features, with most information about the project being kept highly secret. Photos show two helipads — one fore and one aft — two swimming pools, and an expansive beach club. Media reports have placed its value at around $450m.

After completing its maiden voyage in Portsmouth, the yacht is expected to continue to its home berth in either the Middle East or the Mediterranean. Unconfirmed media reports claim the yacht’s owner is Abu Dhabi-based Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan. He is the son of the founder of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

Opera is said to be a rebuild project of 145-metre Project Sassi, which was destroyed in a shipyard fire in 2018. The vessel is just one metre longer than Lürssen’s Luminance, which was recently launched and will also be delivered to its owner soon.

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