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M/Y "A" Project Sigma, Oslo

M/Y "A" Project Sigma, Oslo
A in Oslo, Norway, in front of the Akershus Festning
Designer: Phillipe Starck
Photo by Floden (flickr)

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Demetrius Chryssikos
Demetrius Chryssikos
M/Y "A" is a luxury motor yacht designed by Philippe Starck and Martin Francis, and constructed by Blohm + Voss at the HDW shipyard in Kiel, Germany.
It was commissioned in November 2004, and delivered in 2008 at a rumoured cost of US$ 300 million. With a length of 119 metres (390 ft) and displacing almost 6,000 tonnes, it is one of the largest motor yachts in the world.
Named for the first initial of its owners, Andrey and Aleksandra Melnichenko, its provocative styling has polarized opinions since its launch. It has evoked comparisons with submarines and stealth warships, while commentators have referred to it as the "most loved and loathed ship on the sea".
3 years ago. Edited 3 years ago.
Demetrius Chryssikos
Demetrius Chryssikos
37 staff are employed on the vessel, and there are living quarters for five more staff accompanying the owners or their guests. Security is tightly controlled, with 44 mm (1.7 in)-thick bomb-proof glass in the windows, over 40 CCTV cameras, motion sensors, biometric fingerprint/keypad entry for restricted areas, and a rumoured escape pod in case of emergencies.
Aside from the yacht itself, the two main tenders—one open and one covered—and a third sports tender have also been designed by Starck, and built by Vaudrey Miller of New Zealand. They are all 10–11 metres (33–36 ft) long, and reputedly cost $1 million each. The total cost of A has never been officially confirmed, but $ 300 million has been the most frequently cited estimate.
3 years ago.