Monday, January 11, 2010

Prince Muhammad bin Fahd bin Abdul Azziz, Montkaj, Amels, 78.03 metres, 1995

In summer the superyacht Montkaj can most be found in three places: Monaco, the IYCA Marina in Antibes and in the Bay of Canned, where the pictures aboven have been taken.
Montkaj is owned by Prince Mohammed bin Fahd bin Abdul Azziz.

Mohammad bin Fahd bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud (Arabic: الأمير محمد بن فهد بن عبدالعزيز السعود‎) was born in Riyadh in January 1951. His father is King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz (1921-2005), and his mother is Princess Alanoud Bint Abdulaziz Bin Musaid from the Bin Jiluwi branch of the Al Saud Family. Mohammad's early schooling was at the Al Asimah elite school in Riyadh. In addition to academics, Mohammad excelled in sports and showed exceptional social skills early on. Before finishing high school, he was sent on summer trips to Europe to be exposed to the world and polish his English. Upon graduation from high school, Mohammad enrolled in the University of California at Santa Barbara in the United States, where he studied international relations. During his college years, Mohammad was well known for his support and concern for his fellow Saudi students; his popularity amongst them continues to this day.

After graduation with a bachelor's degree, Mohammad returned to Saudi Arabia to establish himself in business. He founded the Al Bilad Establishment for Trade and Economy. From 1973 to 1984, the Establishment was instrumental in various developmental projects. Most notably, he played a key role in the remarkable development of the telecommunications system, which was considered among the best in the world at the time of its implementation.

Prince Mohammad's political career started in early 1984, when he was appointed Assistant Minister of Interior. Under the watchful eyes of his uncles, Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz and Deputy Minister, Prince Ahmed bin Abdul Aziz, Mohammad received intensive training in the intricacies of governance. By the end of 1984, Mohammad was appointed as Acting governor of the Eastern Province, where in a few months, he established himself as a capable governor. In 1985, Mohammad was appointed the Governor of the Eastern Province.

In his more than twenty years as Governor, Mohammad has influenced advancement in education and health care in the Governate. He has galvanized the business community to become more active socially, especially in the area of charity work. He has shown his political acumen by improving the integration of the Shia minority into the Kingdom's mainstream.

Prince Mohammad is married to a daughter of Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz and has three sons and three daughters.

A prize named after him - "The Prince Mohammad Prize for Scholastic Achievement" - is one of the most recognized in Saudi Arabia. Prince Mohammad bin Fahd University in Al Khobar is named after him.

Almost no interior pictures of Montkaj exist. But the following seems to be authentic.

Technical details: (provided by )

Yacht type: Motor Yacht
Length Overall (m): 78.03 Length Overall (ft): 256.00
Length Waterline (m): 69.50 Length Waterline (ft): 228.02
Beam (m): 12.89 Beam (ft): 42.29
Draught Max (m): 3.90 Draught Max (ft): 12.80

Shipyard: Amels Holland B.V.
Year: 1995
Hull: 429

Naval Architect: Amels Holland B.V.
Exterior Designer: Terence Disdale Design Ltd.
Interior Designer: Terence Disdale Design Ltd.

Hull Material: Steel
Superstructure: Aluminium
Gross Tonnage: 1980
Displacement: 1770

Guests: 24
Crew: 22

Engines: 2 x 2490 HP Caterpillar 3516-DITA Diesels
Max Speed: 18
Cruise Speed: 15
Propulsion: Twin Screw

Fuel Capacity (Liters): 385,000 Fuel Capacity (Gallons): 101,717
Water Capacity (Liters): 55,000 Water Capacity (Gallons): 14,531

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