Yacht built for Saddam on sale for 23.5 million euros

17th December 2007, Comments 0 comments

Super-yacht built for former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein awaiting a buyer in the port of Nice

      NICE, France, December 17, 2007 - A super-yacht built for former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein is awaiting a buyer in the port of Nice, with an asking price of 23.5 million euros, according to a specialist website.

   The 82-metre (270-feet) Ocean Breeze, built in 1981 by Danish shipyard Helsingor Vaerft, started life as the Qadissiyat Saddam, but was never actually delivered to Iraq, says www.superyachttimes.com.

   Instead it ended up in Saudi Arabia, taken over by that country's royal family and renamed Al-Yamamah.

   Saturday's daily Nice-Matin reported Saturday that the yacht, which can take 28 passengers and has a crew of 35, was moored in the Saudi port of Jeddah for 10 years.

   The paper said the vessel was disposed of earlier this year to King Abdullah of Jordan, before being renamed again.

   Brokers Burgess of London are selling the yacht for 23,512,790 euros, or
34,450,000 dollars, according to superyachttimes.com.

(AFP)

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