Thursday, January 7, 2010

Tueq, Van der Giessen de Noord, 77.60 metres, 2002

The superyacht Tueq is owned by Prince Salman bin Abd al-Aziz ibn Abd al-Rahman of Saudi Arabia. He is one of the Sudairi Seven, a son of Ibn Saud and Hassa bint Ahmad Al-Sudairi. Born on 31st Of December 1939, he currently serves as the Governor of Riyadh, a position he has held since 1962. Prince Salman is reported to arbitrate disputes among the members of the royal family which, along with the governorship of Saudi Arabia's capital city, and a reputation for fairness and competence, has propelled him to be amongst the Kingdom's most powerful royals. He is also known as the owner of Asharq Al-Awsat, a leading Arabic international newspaper.

In 1962, Prince Salman became the influential Governor of Riyadh Region, which takes its name from Saudi Arabia’s capital city. During that time, he has supervised and encouraged the expansive growth of the city from a mid-sized town into a major urban metropolis. On a larger stage, Prince Salman has also served as an important liaison to develop tourism, capital projects, and foreign investment inside his country. Salman is known to favor strong political and economic ties to the West, but is also a staunch supporter of poor Muslim nations like Somalia, Sudan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and more recently, Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Within the House of Saud, Prince Salman has historically been viewed as a kingmaker rather than a potential king. Salman has a reputation for being an intelligent and hard-working man, and is a trusted mediator in settling conflicts amongst the estimated 7,000 princes in the royal family. Prince Salman is also said to wield considerable power as a key figure of the royal council — a post which allows him a hand in assigning the duties of the state to various princes. Such behind-the-scenes influence could allow Salman to subtly tip the balance of power to one faction or another within the family

Technical information by

Project Name: Triton

Yacht type: Motor Yacht

Length Overall (m): 77.60 Length Overall (ft): 254.59
Beam (m): 13.50 Beam (ft): 44.29
Draught Max (m): 4.30 Draught Max (ft): 14.11

Shipyard: Van der Giessen - de Noord BV
Year: 2002
Hull: 983

Naval Architect: De Voogt Naval Architects
Exterior Designer: Michael Leach Design Ltd.
Interior Designer: Michael Leach Design Ltd.

Hull Material: Steel
Superstructure: Aluminium
Gross Tonnage: 2219

Guests: 30
Crew: 21

Engines: 2 x 3600 HP Wartsila
Max Speed: 19
Cruise Speed: 16
Range: 5,500
Propulsion: Twin Screw

Fuel Capacity (Liters): 234,000 Fuel Capacity (Gallons): 61,823
Water Capacity (Liters): 90,000 Water Capacity (Gallons): 23,778

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