Serene (yacht)

Serene is one of the world's largest private superyachts.

Serene docked off Fort St. Angelo in Birgu, Malta
Name: Serene
Owner: Mohammed bin Salman
Port of registry:  Bermuda
Builder: Fincantieri
Completed: August 2011
Identification: IMO number: 1010090
General characteristics
Type: Superyacht
Tonnage: 8,231 (gross)
Length: 133.9 m (439 ft 4 in)
Beam: 18.5 m (60 ft 8 in)
Draft: 5.5 m (18 ft 1 in)
Propulsion: Twin Screw
Capacity: 24
Crew: 52

Built by Italian shipyard Fincantieri with interior design by Reymond Langton Design, Serene was delivered to its owner in August 2011.[1][2] At delivery, she was one of the 10 largest yachts in the world with an overall length of 133.9 m (439 ft 4 in) and a beam of 18.5 m (60 ft 8 in).[3]


The ship was built for Russian vodka tycoon Yuri Shefler for $330m.[4] In the summer of 2014, Bill Gates leased the yacht for US$5 million per week.[5]

In 2015, while vacationing in the south of France, Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia bought the vessel for approximately 500 million euros.[6]

Incident at sea

In August 2017, Serene ran aground on a shallow rock reef in the Red Sea, 37 km (20 nautical miles) off the coast of Sharm El Sheikh. She sustained significant damage to her hull at the bow. The cause was reported to be a combination of navigational error and propulsion failure.[2][7]


  1. "Scoop: Fincantieri delivers 134 metre superyacht Serene". Superyacht Times. 5 August 2011.
  2. Sowerbutts, Felix (25 August 2017). "134m 'Serene' runs aground in Red Sea". SuperyachtNews. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  3. "Serene". Superyacht Times.
  4. "It's electrifying! $330m super yacht lit with neon runners and owned by a Russian vodka tycoon spotted off California coast". Daily Mail. 25 February 2012.
  5. Danielle Haynes (10 August 2014), Bill Gates takes vacation on $330M yacht — Bill Gates, family, rent yacht for $5 million a week for Sardinia vacation., UPI
  6. Mazzetti, Mark; Hubbard, Ben (15 October 2016). "Rise of Saudi Prince Shatters Decades of Royal Tradition". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 16 October 2016.
  7. "134m Serene runs aground, bow-up on rocks". The Triton. 26 August 2017. Retrieved 27 September 2017.

MMSI number: 319021900

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