Solaris has undergone trials in North Sea


The 140m superyacht Solaris, one of the largest private yachts launched in recent years, has been spotted undertaking sea trials in the North Sea.

The yacht was photographed as she underwent trials last weekend. The sighting comes after the superyacht was launched at German yard, Lloyd Werft, in Bremerhaven back in February. To give an idea of Solaris’ size, the shipyard typically builds cruise ships but did construct the 115m Luna in 2010.

The vessel was created by Australian designer Marc Newson. Key exterior features include a light grey hull and white superstructure. Although little is known about the superyacht, the images captured over the weekend reveal a large helipad, sun deck and beach club at the aft. All over a total of eight decks.

The vessel is thought to be owned by Chelsea Football Club owner, Roman Abramovich, although this is unconfirmed.

Solaris could be Lloyd Werft’s final yacht project.  The shipyard’s management team informed workers in February that it may close its doors at the end of 2021. Citing the reason as a significant pandemic-related downturn in business. Lloyd Werft spokesman, Marco Graudenz said the closure of the yard, one of Germany’s oldest shipbuilding facilities (1857), had been announced at works meetings held because of the ongoing pandemic.