Abeking & Rasmussen's 118m Project Celerius Spotted on Transport

By Heather Collier

The new 118-metre Abeking & Rasmussen flagship dubbed 'Project Celerius' has been spotted on transport from the yard's Lemwerder facilities.

The vessel first hit the water in mid-November of last year and will continue outfitting works before being delivered to her owner later this year.

The Latin word 'celerius' translates to 'quickly', or, 'faster', or 'swifter', which could provide us with an insight into the level of speed at which she will travel; an indication that she may be faster than most yachts of her size and GT.

At 118 metres, hull 6507 is the largest motor yacht ever built by the Dutch yard; overthrowing the once reigning 98.4 metre Aviva by around 20 metres.

Her design was penned by French architect Joseph Dirand, with the new flagship boasting a large aft deck swimming pool and an underwater Neptune lounge, a feature which has proved to be rather popular on the shipyard's 74.5 metre M'Brace, previously known as Elandess.

The vessel has a crow's nest at the foot of the mast and a stylish marble firepit in front of a crescent sofa forward on the sundeck. She also features a helipad and a generous toy locker expected to include a personal submarine.

Her exterior has undergone extensive planning and care, and was developed in collaboration with German-based company Photon to ensure a sleek, uninterrupted and distinct silhouette.

Following her keel being laid in 2019, the launch ceremony was attended by representatives of the owners from Cornelsen & Partner who have guided them through the construction process, along with crucial members of the shipyard and design team.

Abeking & Rasmussen's Hull 6507 will join the ranks of some of the largest yachts in the world, including Feadship's in-build Project 1010.

All above images credited to Philipp Gonschorek.

By Heather Collier