Russian billionaires mammoth 360 million Sailing Yacht A superyacht with masts taller than Big Ben dwarves tankers as it pulls into Gibraltar

The 360 million sailing superyacht will soon be delivered to its owner after months of testing in the ocean

The 468ft-long vessel is owned by Andrey Melnichenko who has an estimated net worth of 10.8bn

It boasts three mammoth 300ft masts which stand taller than Londons Big Ben and dwarf tankers in the sea

Melnichenko hit headlines in September when he moored his other 240million Motor Yacht A on the Thames

Published:16:15 BST, 15 February 2017Updated:16:20 BST, 24 February 2017

A mammoth 360million yacht has been spotted in Gibraltar. It will go to Southern Spain where it will undergo further sea trials as the internal fit-out continuesbefore it is handed over to its wealthy owner.

The 468ft-long vessel, owned byRussianbillionaire Andrey Melnichenko, stunned locals in Gibraltar as it towered from the water.

The impressive superyacht, which was has three 300ft masts that are taller than Big Bens tower, was imaginatively named Sailing Yacht A by its owner, who will finally receive his prized possession in the spring.

A coastguard tugboat looks like a toy next to the enormous Sailing Yacht A as it bobs in the sea off the coast of Gibraltar

One of the worlds biggest sailing yachts with masts that stand taller than London-icon Big Ben arrived into Gibraltar on February 15

Seagulls swoop around the masts of the superyacht (pictured, left) and two boats chug alongside it in the sea (pictured, right)

A tanker in the background is absolutely dwarfed by the huge Sailing Yacht A which bobs in the water in Gibraltar

Mr Melnichenko hit the headlines back in September when he moored his other 240 million masterpiece, Motor Yacht A, on the Thames.

The boats internal fit-out is set to continue at another shipyard before it is due to be handed over to Mr Melnichenko in late Spring.

As the boat made its way to Spain, Mr Melnichenkos Project Director, Dirk Kloosterman said: This has been the most challenging assignment of my career. I am confident Sailing Yacht A will be the worlds greatest yacht in terms of design and technology for the years ahead.

Her beauty is breathtaking, and Philippe Starcks astonishing design and ultimate vision will be the subject of many conversations wherever she travels around the globe. We look forward to the final delivery to the owner.

Lit up: The huge sailing yacht was seen at Nobiskrug shipyard on February 5 on its way to Spain for more sea trials

The yacht pulled into the harbour at dusk, showcasing its elegant green lighting for the first time

Previous sea tests had taken place in daylight hours so it was the first time the boat had been seen illuminated in green

Melnichenko is said to favour using the letter A so that his vessels are listed first in shipping registers

Seen here on a previous test run, the yacht was impossible to miss thanks to its three 300ft masts which stand taller than Big Bens tower

The 468ft-long vessel (right), owned by Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko, was reportedly pulled out of the German Naval Yards in Kiel, north of Hamburg, by a tugboat on previous tests and it eventually built up a speed of 20 knots

Sailing Yacht A boasts eight floors – with a helicopter pad on one of the decks – and an underwater observation room

After the boat left the German shipyard, Nobiskrugs Managing Director, Holger Kahl : Born from the desire of the owner to push the boundaries of engineering and challenge the status quo of the industry, Sailing Yacht A is undoubtedly one of the most visionary projects Nobiskrug has ever been involved in.

Melnichenko, who has an estimated net worth of $13.4 billion (10.8 billion), is said to favour using the letter A so that his vessels are listed first in shipping registers.

Sailing Yacht A boasts eight floors – with a helicopter pad on one of the decks – and an underwater observation room. The behemoth is believed to be one of the worlds largest sailing superyachts.

The unconventional yacht was designed by Frenchman Philippe Starck, who challenges the expectations of conventional aesthetics, and built by German Naval Yards, Nobiskrug.

Mr Melnichenko is expected to recover some of the costs by licensing the technology developed for the vessel for commercial applications.

The impressive superyacht turned heads as it dwarfed the other boats in the German harbour, left. It then captured the attention of photographers again as it sailed in Danish seas, right

Sailing Yacht As delivery was described as an iconic moment for all those involved in its construction

After leaving Germany, the boat was seen on February 6, passing through Denmark on its way to Kristiansand in Norway

With a huge swimming pool and eight storeys Sailing Yacht A is one of the worlds largest sailing ships

The luxury sail-assisted motor yacht was seen passing Elsinore, North Sealand, in Denmark last Monday

The yacht has a high-tech digital control system operated using a touch sensitive sheet of black glass in the bridge

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The luxury yacht, that was built at a shipbuilding yard near Hamburg, Germany, has masts that are 300ft high and is one of the worlds largest sailing boats in the world

The sailing ship is owned by Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko, who is believed to have paid 360million for the vessel

Cruise speed of the ship is 18mph, with a top speed of 24mph. The hull is made of steel, with a teak-finish deck

The epic vessel boasts a staggering eight decks and its keel incorporates one of the largest single pieces of curved glass ever made at 193 square feet and weighs a whopping 1.8 tons

The vessel is an upgrade to the Russian billionaires Motor Yacht A – which set him back 240 million.

Melnichenko also owns a Boeing 737 – but he has now turned his attention to sailing power.

The epic vessel boasts a staggering eight decks and its keel incorporates one of the largest single pieces of curved glass ever made at 193 square feet and weighs a whopping 1.8 tons.

It dwarfs other famous super-yachts like The Maltese Falcon, which is 298ft and weighs 1,367 tons.

The cruise speed of the ship is 18mph and its has a top speed of 24mph. The hull is made of steel, with a teak-finish deck.

This has been used to create a stunning observation pod on the bottom of the vessel so Mr Melnichenko, 44, and his Serbian model wife, Aleksandra, can enjoy stunning views of the sea.

Mr Melnichenko (pictured with wife Aleksandra), who has an estimated net worth of $13.4 billion (10.8 billion), founded the fertilizer producer EuroChem, the coal producer Suek, and the power generator SGK

Motor Yacht A was Andrey Melnichenkos first purchase, and now he has moved into the sailing side of the industry

Motor Yacht A was a behemoth of the seas in its own right, now Mr Melnichenko has another toy for his collection

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The yacht has a high-tech digital control system operated using a touch sensitive sheet of black glass in the bridge.

This will allow the crew to raise and lower the sails and even drop the anchor with a brush of their fingers.

Mr Melnichenko founded the fertilizer producer EuroChem, coal producer Suek, and power generator SGK.

The boat owner billionaire Andrey Melnichenko, pictured with his wife Aleksandra

He was named as the 97th wealthiest person on the planet by Forbes and the ninth richest in Russia.

Speaking previously about the project, a spokesman for Mr Melnichenko said it pushed the boundaries.

This project was a considerable financial risk for him as he had to fund massive R&D to see if he could achieve his vision, they said.

But he is a man to always push the boundaries and to challenge the industries he works with to think out of the box so he can achieve something new and exciting as well as beautiful.

Benjamin Maltby of MatrixLloyd, said: Make no mistake – this will be a very significant ship.

While precise details of the sailing rig have yet to be released, not since the days of the mighty clipper sailing ships, such as the Cutty Sark, has such a large sailing vessel been built.

Crowds gathered in northern Germany to catch a glimpse of the mega-yacht as it set on its maiden sail

The masts were prudced by Magma Structures based in Portsmouth, and were shipped out to the German port

An artists impression gave the idea that the sailing yacht would dwarf other yachts – and so it has been proved

This new superyacht will be nearly twice the length and over twice the width of the Cutty Sark.

She will instantly become an inspiration to cargo ship owners, and a floating demonstration that sails – combined with the latest materials and technology – mean that dirty diesel engines are no longer needed as the primary means of propulsion.

The green lobby should be celebrating – as cargo ships are significant CO2 contributors.

The masts were built by Magma Structures in Portsmouth – just a stones throw from another well known sailing vessel, HMS Victory, which is less than half the length of this new superyacht.

Sarah Johnson from Magma Structures told MailOnline Travel: We are really proud of the team who build these masts, that are the largest free-standing rigs in the world.

We are the only company who can produce structures like this of this size, its great for Britain to be involved.

Boat Internationalreports that the previous largest sailing yacht on the water is 96.35 metre Sea Cloud, a classic beauty launched in 1931, followed by the modern falcon-rigged iconic yacht Maltese Falcon at 88 metres LOA.

Sailing Yacht A handily surpasses both of these.

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After months of preparation work, the Sailing Yacht A finally took to the seas in northern Germany

From Russian oligarchs to Middle Eastern royalty to Hollywood producers, it takes a certain type of person to own a superyacht – crucially, they must be super rich.

Andrey Milnichenko has invested $451 million into his new vessel Sailing Yacht A.

However, the initial cost is only part of owning such a luxurious vessel.

For wealthy owners like Roman Abramovich and UAE president Khalifa Al Nahyan, owners of two of the costliest private vessels in the world, the costs associated with keeping such big boats on the water are staggering.

The original plans for Sailing Yacht A have become a reality for the wealthy Russian businessman

Insurance companyTowergateestimates that 10 per cent of the initial value of a superyacht goes on operating costs.

For Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovichs Eclipse, a 162.5m vessel with a missile defence system that cost the billionaire an astronomical $500milion (332million), meaning $50million (33million) a year on costs.

The standard fuel usage for a 71m yacht is 500 litres an hour, meaning an average of $400,000 (265,000) is spent on petrol every year per vessel.

The Value Added Tax (VAT) works out at 15-25 per cent of the vessels value while docking costs are an average $350,000 (232,000) and $240,000 (159,000) the standard for insurance sees the costs soar.

Add to that the expected $1million (664,000) per year for maintenance and repairs and the wages for an average $1.4m (930,000) for an on-board crew – which can range from less than 20 to 154 staff on the Sultan of Omans mysterious Al Said superyacht – and its a significant outlay.

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Helipads, hot tubs and en-suite staterooms: Inside the most expensive superyachts for sale at the Monaco Yacht Show where asking prices reach 51MILLION

Walk-in wardrobes, opulent en-suite staterooms, outdoor hot tubs, helipads – and even lifts that transport guests between decks.

These are some of the eye-catching luxury facilities on board the superyachts that will be on display at the Monaco Yacht Show. More than 120 of the priciest private vessels in the world will be on show over four days at historic Port Hercule, starting on September 23.

The 25th edition of the event in glamorous Monaco brings together manufacturers, owners, buyers and enthusiasts at what is considered the most prestigious pleasure boat show in the world.

With more than 33,000 people expected to attend, these are some of the most expensive vessels for sale, according to MatrixLloyd, a leading authority on superyacht deals.

Built by Amels in 2011, Imagine features a helipad and lift that transports guests between decks, and has an asking price of 51million

Imagine. Asking price: 51million ($78.5million)

Built by Amels in 2011, this 65.7-metre (215.6ft) motor yacht features a lift that transports guests between decks, and a helipad.

Imagine sleeps up to 12 guests, who can lap up the sunshine on the spacious top deck, relax in a hot tub or exercise in the jet-stream swimming pool.

With a cruising speed of 14 knots (16.1mph), the vessel also boasts a gym, steam room and balconies on the two upper deck VIP cabins.

For those who cant afford the asking price, Imagine was available for charter in the Mediterranean over the summer for 388,000 a week ($597,000), according to Fraser Yachts website.

It is available for the same price over the winter, when it will be positioned in the Caribbean.

Madsummer. Asking price: 24.3million ($37.5million)

Ten guests can sleep comfortably in five en-suite cabins, including a master suite with a double bed, study, walk-in wardrobe, his and hers bathrooms and separate toilet en-suite.

Madsummer, offered by Moran Yacht & Ship, has an asking price of 24.3million ($37.5million) ahead of this years yacht show

The master suite has a double bed, study, walk-in wardrobe, his and hers bathroom and separate toilet en suite

When theyre not relaxing on board, guests can use a number of water toys, including inflatable boats, kayaks and dive equipment

Built in 2005 and refit in 2009, the superyacht has a master suite that is forward on the main deck, with panoramic views of the sea.

Guests can go for a soak in the 55.5-metre (182ft) vessels hot tub, or let loose with a large collection of water toys, including inflatable boats, personal watercraft, kayaks and dive equipment.

Steel. Asking price: 21.1million ($32.5million)

From the outside, Steel doesnt have the same appearance as a typical superyacht, but it was designed and constructed to go everywhere.

Built at Pendennis shipyard, in Falmouth, Cornwall, in 2009, the vessel is suitable for icy waters and can accommodate up to 12 guests in six staterooms, saidOcean Independence.

Steel doesnt have the same appearance as a typical superyacht, but it was designed and constructed to go everywhere

The 55-metre (180.5ft) expedition yacht has a stately interior that includes a large master bathroom, fitness room and hot tub

The 55-metre (180.5ft) expedition yacht has a stately interior that includes a fitness room, and a top deck with a hot tub and room for a small boat.

Balista. Asking price: 13.8million ($21.2million)

While most of the superyachts that are for sale at this years event have plenty of miles behind them, Balista has never been used by its current owner, according to YPI Group, the Monaco-based firm handling the sale.

While most of the superyachts that are for sale have plenty of miles behind them, Balista has never been used by its current owner

With a top speed of 25 knots (28.7mph), Balista comes with a hot tub, satellite television throughout and a large indoor saloon

At 46.57 metres (152.8ft), she was conceived as the flagship yacht of Italys Cantieri di Pisa shipyard, and only has 250 engine hours despite being delivered in 2013.

With a top speed of 25 knots (28.7mph), Balista sleeps up to 12 guests in six cabins, and comes with a hot tub, large indoor saloon, and satellite TV.

Balista was conceived as the flagship yacht of Italys Cantieri di Pisa shipyard, and has 250 engine hours despite being delivered in 2013

Clifford II. Asking price: 11.3million ($17.5million)

Clifford II launched in 2008 and is a sport cruiser luxury yacht, with a maximum speed of 30 knots (34.5mph).

With an asking price of 11.3million ($17.5million), Clifford II is a sport cruiser luxury yacht with a maximum speed of 30 knots (34.5mph)

Currently based in Antibes, France, the vessel is 46 metres (150ft), and can sleep as many as 12 guests in five staterooms.

With a spacious aftdeck and upper deck, the superyacht is ideal for alfresco dining and basking in the sunshine.

Currently based in Antibes, France, the vessel is 46 metres (150ft), and can sleep as many as 12 guests in five staterooms

With a spacious aftdeck and upper deck, the superyacht is ideal for alfresco dining and basking in the sunshine

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