Thursday, December 3, 2009

Carinthia VII - Lurssen - 97,2 meter - 2002

Carinthia VII the 12th largest yacht in the world. Carinthia VII is yacht built in Lurssen Yachts-yard in 2002 and refurbished in the same yard 3 years later. The owner of the yacht is Heidi Horten.

Heidi Horten is heir of Helmut Horten's chain of department stores.
She lives in Sekrin am Worthersee in Austria:

Helmut Horten was a German entrepreneur who built up and owned the fourth-largest chain of department stores in Germany.
The Helmut Horten Stiftung writes the following:

Helmut Horten, born on 8 January 1909 in Bonn on Rhine, founded the Helmut Horten Foundation. He was one of the entrepreneurs who triggered Germany's post-war economic boom. The Horten department store group was established in the fifties and expansion was achieved by enlarging the Horten group and acquiring other department stores. Encouraged by the example of American consumption, Helmut Horten opened the first supermarket in Germany in the late fifties. The success of this venture was outstanding. When Horten's department store group reached an annual turnover of one billion Euro and had over 25'000 employees, he decided to convert the group into a joint-stock company in 1968. He believed that such a large enterprise should not depend on a single leader. This move provided the conditions needed to maintain the group under joint-leadership.

Helmut Horten was a businessman in the truest sense of the word. His interest manifested early during his adolescence, he completed a business apprenticeship at the Leonhard Tietz department store in Düsseldorf. This was against his father's wishes, who, as president of the Senat at the Supreme Court of Cologne, would have preferred an academic career for his son. This unwavering determination, already noticeable, coupled with his solid business acumen became the key to his economic success.

Helmut Horten, tall, thin, with striking facial features, was a sensitive, reserved and vulnerable person. On the outside, he concentrated on high performance, success and recognition and was committed to these goals, while his inner self was constantly searching for values which would give his life purpose and meaning.

This helps to explain his great interest in medical and biological research for the protection of human health.

His employees were the first to benefit from this interest. Helmut Horten provided them with medical support which was unheard of in those days. He soon established a pension fund to improve existing retirement plans and often made generous contributions to the fund. His provision of a convalescent home for the firm's employees was also unusual.

Helmut Horten withdrew from the business world at the height of his economic success. He and his wife moved to Croglio, in the Canton of Ticino, at the end of 1968. In 1969-70, he sold the majority of his shares and, by the end of 1971, his remaining interests in his department store chain.

Several factors persuaded him to take this work. Second, as a strong advocate of free enterprise, he feared that increasing state intervention could severely restrict freedom of action within the market place.

After withdrawing into private life, Helmut Horten devoted himself primarily to his foundations in Switzerland and Austria. In 1971, he established the "Foundation Villalta" in Croglio with a starting capital of one million Swiss francs. Subsequent to his death in 1987, it was renamed the "Helmut Horten Foundation".
Over the years, he increased the foundation's capital several times. Through his bequest, it reached its present level of 60 million Swiss francs. The Foundation seeks to promote "Health improvement through donations to research institutes, hospitals and other healthcare institutions, as well as to individuals in need of medical care. All measures intended to promote human health are eligible for support".

In 1972, he set up a similar foundation with a capital of 60 million Austrian shillings in the Carinthian town of Sekirn, as a gesture to his wife.

During the last twenty years of his life, Helmut Horten did the things which he previously had neither time nor leisure to do. Thanks to his extensive business experience and his liberal, market-related political views, he was often asked for advice as an "elder statesman". As he grew older, he narrowed his circle of friends and adopted an increasingly ascetic lifestyle. He passed away at his home in Villalta on the morning of 30 November 1987.

About the yacht:

The yacht Carinthia VII was built in 2002 in Lurssen Yachts-yard. The yacht has length of 318.25 ft (or 97.20 m), beam of 52.50 ft (or 16.00 m) and draft of 15.75 ft (or 4.80 m). The yacht is made all by steel. The yacht was registered in Bremen, Germany and sailing under tha flag of the European Country. The home port of the yacht is Antibes, France.

The main engines of the yacht are 4 x MTU 8000 Diesels, which are giving high power of about 4 x 9925 HP. This power is enough for the yacht to be the fastest steel yacht of the world. The main engines are giving enough power to Carinthia VII to reach maximum speed of 26 knots.

Living area
The living area is consisted of 5 large double staterooms, with own bathroom, luxury interior and own LCD TV. There is also 1 more VIP owner stateroom, which is consisted on living room, bedroom and bathroom. The owner's cabin have also large verandah.

Project Name: Fabergé
Yacht type: Motor Yacht
SYT#: Y00956

Length Overall (m): 97.20 Length Overall (ft): 318.90
Beam (m): 15.95 Beam (ft): 52.33
Draught Max (m): 4.80 Draught Max (ft): 15.75

Shipyard: Lürssen Yachts
Year: 2002
Hull: 13618
Naval Architect: Lürssen Yachts
Exterior Designer: Tim Heywood Design Ltd.

Hull Material: Steel
Superstructure: Aluminium
Gross Tonnage: 3643
Class Comments: German Lloyd

Engines: 4 x 9925 HP MTU 8000 Diesels
Max Speed: 26
Cruise Speed: 22
Propulsion: Twin Screw

Fuel Capacity (Liters): 456,000 Fuel Capacity (Gallons): 120,475

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