It looks like Russian billionaires will try every trick in the book before ditching their superyachts or even their shipyards. Sanctioned Russian tycoon and Lukoil boss Vagit Alekperov tricked British authorities and rescued his second superyacht, the 114ft vessel “Space”, by bringing it home to Russia. Coming to the part where we discuss the rescue of an entire shipyard, Heesen, the billionaire bosses, secured his future by recently announcing that his company is once again 100% Dutch owned. Alekperov, the fourth richest person in Russia, enjoyed being one of Heesen’s UBO (Ultimate Beneficial Owner).
Heesen is one of the world’s most renowned luxury yacht builders and has consistently delivered some of the most famous award-winning superyachts. But there is little to no room for risk regarding sanctions and their potential to destroy businesses. Alekperov swallowed the bitter pill and transferred the shares of the company to an independent Dutch foundation.
According to Marina, the shipyard said in a statement, the total sum of the shares was transferred from the group’s holding company to an independent Dutch foundation to “guarantee the future success of the shipyard and the continuity of employment of the highly qualified employees of Heesen Yachts”. The Foundation Board is made up of Arthur Brouwer and Anjo Joldersma.
Alekperov acquired Heesen in 2008 through an investment firm, Morcell Ltd, and the Dutch shipyard has launched more than 170 yachts. This news will not shake the shipyard or its business, as the official statement confirmed that Heesen is in ship shape, pun intended. The financially sound and profitable company has fully preserved its facilities in Oss and Winterswijk. With no less than 13 yachts under construction, Heesen Yachts’ order book is full. “Employees can continue to work with their usual dedication and commitment to complete the 13 yachts currently under construction,” the statement read.
Where are Vagit Alekperov’s superyachts?
The Heesen shipyard may have escaped Alekperov’s hands, but the man who owned one of the world’s most important superyacht builders won’t let his superyachts escape his grasp. Alekperov’s $108 million superyacht Galactica is still being finished in Harlingen, the Netherlands. His second, smaller luxury ship called Space, originally known as Galactica Plus, stood amid a seizure storm until Alekperov whisked her away to safer shores. The decade-old motor yacht is believed to be relatively fast and is now moored on safe shores after making a trip from Tuzla, Turkey to Sochi, Russia. According to Marine traffic, Space is currently moving in the Black Sea. The largest and largest all-aluminum yacht ever built by Heesen, Galactica, remains safely at the Heesen shipyard in the Netherlands. The fast space megayacht is far from the clutches of seizure. It’s a silver lining in the dark gray clouds surrounding Alekperov. He also had two saves with two hits – losing his positions at Lukoil and Heesen Yachts!
About the large megayacht Galactica:
Heesen’s 262-foot all-aluminum flagship, the Galactica, is a shark of the high seas. With the bow appearing like the fierce open jaws of a killer shark, you can immediately see that this boat means business. Mimicking the nature of a killer shark, the Galactica will rule the oceans as the embodiment of speed and unerring precision.
Originally dubbed Project Cosmos, the six-cabin superyacht boasts an interior volume of 1,700 GT and is Heesen’s most extensive build to date and the largest all-aluminum yacht ever built. The Galactica was due to begin sea trials in the North Sea in April 2022, but since it is safer “incomplete” and moored at the Heesen shipyard, the trials are a cry of fry.
About the fun-loving Space superyacht:
If size and stature are Galactica’s strengths, speed and wit suit the contemporary Space superyacht. Unlike the flash and flamboyance seen on other luxury vessels, Space maintains an understated yet appealing elegance, showing yacht enthusiasts that less can be more. This elegant, no-frills and dynamic yacht is divided into a main salon, a dining room and guest suites.
A unique theme runs throughout the ship without distracting those on board solely for the therapeutic act of sailing. The space offers multiple entertainment options in the form of a home theater, an alfresco space on the back deck, and a formal dining area. The kid in you shows up on the amazing water slide and several top-notch water toys.