September 24, 2017
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Russian-born oil tycoon’s yacht, one of the world’s largest, anchored in Portland Harbor

By Seth Koenig, BDN Staff
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Le Grand Bleu, a massive yacht owned by Russian-American oil tycoon Eugene Shvidler, sits anchored near Fort Gorges in Portland Harbor on Monday morning. The yacht is 371 feet long.

Le Grand Bleu, one of the world’s largest yachts, is anchored in Portland Harbor near the historic island Fort Gorges.

The 371-foot pleasure ship is owned by Russian-American oil tycoon Eugene Shivdler, who Forbes magazine lists as being worth more than $1.33 billion. According to Forbes, the palatial yacht was a gift from Shivdler’s business partner Roman Abramovich.

Shivdler was born in Russia but became an American citizen in 1994, according to Forbes.

The oligarch made his fortune in oil during the privatization of the industry in Russia in the 1990s, according to a profile published by the British newspaper The Guardian, which reported that Le Grand Bleu has a 65-man crew, helicopter, aquarium and speedboat.

Shivdler also has a private jet and a Ferrari sports car, among other lavish properties, The Guardian reported.

The website ClubYacht.com reports that Le Grand Bleu has luxurious accommodations for as many as 20 guests, as well as its own internal wastewater treatment system and portside beach club. The ship was built in 2000, originally for telecommunications magnate John McCaw, according to Boat International, and has a top speed of 17 knots.

The yacht was the target of criticism earlier this summer when it was parked in New York Harbor, blocking a popular view of the Statue of Liberty. The New York Post reported that the Coast Guard’s New York office fielded multiple complaint calls about the positioning of the vessel, which left the location in late June after several weeks there.

It’s unclear how long the yacht will be in Portland Harbor.

 


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