Approaching her delivery date, the code-named Project Celerius yacht in build at Abeking & Rasmussen celebrated her christening just prior to Christmas. She’s beginning to show yachting enthusiasts what she’ll look like out on the world’s oceans. In fact, she’ll be one of the largest private yachts in the world when in her owners’ hands.
Previously going by her hull number, Abeking & Rasmussen hull 6507, the super-size superyacht is 388 feet (118.2 meters) LOA. She departed her build shed for the first time on December 18. A little closer to Christmas, she celebrated her official christening. To better understand the progress made to this point, consider that the keel laying took place in August of 2019.
The owners, from North America, have been working with Abeking & Rasmussen plus designer Joseph Dirand, handling interiors and styling, for more than three years. Since Project Celerius has been under strict confidentiality agreements all that time, very little information has come to light. No publicity could happen even with illustrations of the profile.
With her decks looking festive due to green garland, the Project Celerius yacht transported under tug to enter her completion stage. Already, yacht watchers are discussing the deep, teak-laid swim platform and elongated aft deck. A large pool nestles into that deck, while a few decks up, a helicopter eventually will perch aft as well. Yet another alfresco area up high sees the owners and guests eventually able to gather around a fire pit. Reportedly, it is a marble structure.
The one interior feature that Abeking & Rasmussen has been permitted to reveal so far, however, is a Neptune lounge. It’s a room that sits partly beneath the surface of the water, with a huge picture window (with reinforced glass, of course). This way, the owners and guests can get a glimpse at colorful fish and other marine life in their travels around the world.
Joseph Dirand summed up the emotions for several people associated with the explorer-like Project Celerius when he gave an interview nearly three years ago. He commented that the yacht, his first, is “the most complex and exciting project I have ever worked on.” Max Riedl of owners’ team at Cornelsen & Partner certainly agrees, saying she’s “the biggest boat we’ve ever done and the most challenging.”
The black-hulled and black-masted yacht will be one of the first, and one of the largest, superyacht deliveries of 2023.
Abeking & Rasmussen abeking.com
Cornelson & Partner cornelsen-partner.de
Joseph Dirand Architecture josephdirand.com
More About the Project Celerius Yacht
LOA: 387’8” (118.2 meters)
Beam: 54’1” (16.5 meters)
Draft: not available
Guests: not available
Engines: not available
Range: not available
Builder: Abeking & Rasmussen
Stylist: Joseph Dirand Architecture
Naval Architect: Builder
Interior Designer: Joseph Dirand Architecture