London - A Russian billionaire had to leave his giant superyacht moored off the British coast – because it was too big to fit inside the marina he was visiting.
The 390ft £200-million vessel belongs to Andrey Melnichenko, 44, who has been visiting the country with his Serbian model wife Aleksandra, 39.
Having spent the last few days in London, the wealthy oligarch and his wife travelled to visit Brighton Marina in East Sussex on Friday.
But the superyacht, boasting three swimming pools, a rotating bed and helipad, was too big to moor inside the marina wall, so was anchored off the coast. Onlookers spotted the huge white boat, called Motor Yacht A, near Saltdean, East Sussex.
Colin Page, of Saltdean, said: “I saw it from my balcony and went to the seafront to get a better look. Several other people were speculating as to what it was. Several suggested a submarine.”
Brighton Marina’s office confirmed the superyacht was too big to moor. Melnichenko, reportedly worth £8.5-billion, is the 139th richest man in the world according to the Forbes billionaires list.
He made his fortune in the fertiliser, coal, power, and banking industries. Motor Yacht A reportedly accommodates 14 guests and 37 crew, has bomb-proof windows and an unusual upside-down hull which makes it resemble a huge submarine.