Bombproof super yacht worth £225m moors on Thames next to HMS Belfast

first_imgThe boat going through the Thames Barrier But Motor Yacht A is one of a growing number of super yachts to moor at the spot during their owner’s London visits, and its appearance next to HMS Belfast has raised questions about whether it is a fitting neighbour for the warship.HMS Belfast was among the Royal Navy ships which protected badly-needed supplies bound for Russia as part of the Arctic Convoys during World War Two, earning the enduring gratitude of many of many of Mr Melnichenko’s countrymen to this day. One defended the Arctic Convoys against Hitler’s U Boats and took part in the D-Day invasion of Europe, the other is the £225 million plaything of a Russian billionaire.The two boats made a rather incongruous pairing yesterday, moored side by side at Tower Bridge.While HMS Belfast is now a much-loved monument, moored permanently in central London in honour of the men who served on her, the futuristically designed – but rather prosaically named – Motor Yacht A is one of two super yachts owned by Andrey Melnichenko.. Mr Melnichenko, who has made a fortune from oil, coal and chemicals, took advantage of the Port of London’s mooring facilities next to HMS Belfast to show off his boat.And he has plenty to show off. Designed by Philippe Stark it has three swimming pools on board, including one with a glass bottom, along with six guests suites, a helipad and a top speed of 23 knots.It takes a crew of 42 to keep everything ship shape on the 390ft yacht, built by the leading German shipyard Blohm + Voss in Hamburg.Mr Melnichenko arrived in London on Motor Yacht A after inspecting his new vessel Sailing Boat A, which is currently being completed at the shipyard.He is understood to be putting Motor Yacht A – the 21st largest super yachts in the world – up for sale and there is speculation he is hoping of entice a buyer among the capital’s super rich. The yacht has several hatchesCredit:Rob Powell/LNP The yacht's own motorboat The yacht sailed up the Thames and under Tower Bridge The yacht has several hatcheslast_img read more