Indian Empress undergoes €6.4 million refit by Turquoise Yachts


Indian Empress the 95-metre motoryacht built by Oceanco in 2000 has undergone an extensive €6.4 million refit by Turquoise Yachts at the Pendik facility in Istanbul. The vessel was originally built for a member of the Qatari royal family.

The yacht was purchased by the current owner in 2006 and has been both privately-owned and chartered. In 2014, Mark Berryman Design was engaged to revamp the interior and make it more contemporary.

Mehmet Karabeyoğlu, chief executive of Turquoise, said: “Apart from our experience and expertise, what we brought to the party was speed and flexibility. The owner wanted the boat for summer use, which gave us a narrow window of opportunity to finish the project. Our ability to make decisions on the spot and adapt quickly without reams of red tape was key to the speed and success of the refit.”

Indian Empress is currently owned by the Indian liquor billionaire Vijay Mallya, who hosts parties aboard the vessel each year during the Monaco Grand Prix. The yacht was originally built under the name Al Mirqab.
Indian Empress is powered by three 10,000-hp MTU 20-cylinder engines, and has three propellers enabling her to reach speeds of up to 24 knots. Its cruising grounds include the Mediterranean Sea, the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean.