Work has commenced this week at Brodosplit shipyard, located in the city of Split on Croatia’s Adriatic coast, on what will be the world’s biggest sailing ship…
Brodosplit recently have signed a contract with Star Clippers in Monaco to build a passenger sailboat which will be the world’s largest once it is complete. The ‘barque’ boat, which will be able to accommodate 450 people, will be 162 meters long and 18.5 meters wide, with deadweight of 2000 tons, have five masts and sails with an overall surface of 6,347 square meters, and 3 heated swimming-pools with fresh or sea water and underwater lights.
The ship will have a steel construction while the deck will be fully covered by the highest quality teak.
“Because of increased global demand for cruise travelling, particularly on ships with sails, the buyer Star Clippers Ltd. will widen the existing fleet, currently consisting of three such ships – Royal Clipper, Star Clipper and Star Flyer. The successful execution of this Agreement, by support from Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development, will contribute to sustainable business operation of Brodosplit Group and preservation of its core business activity while at the same time ensuring winning of relevant references and entrance of Brodosplit on the growing sailing boat market”, Tomislav Debeljak, Brodosplit Chief Executive Officer, said.
The boat will be decorated in luxury-style, but with style reminding of an old sailing boat. There will be a library, large salons, one of which will extend over three decks with rails and a piano. The most state of the art navigation and communication equipment will be installed on the clipper, each cabin will have Internet access, telephone, television, music and other entertainment facilities, the entire ship will be covered with Wi-Fi signal. There will be three bars on the open decks and galley extending over three decks. Air conditioning on the ship will be executed in accordance with high quality standards in order to satisfy the comfort of passengers in all climate conditions.
The ship is intended exclusively for sailing although it will have two fully independent electric propulsion engines. It will have the Safe Return to Port system that will be installed in Croatia for the first time. This is a novelty in the Croatian market.