Plush yacht adds touch of luxury to harbour
The most interesting visitor to Lerwick Harbour this week was the luxury yacht Vive La Vie owned by Swiss entrepreneur, and founder of the company Ypsomed, Willy Michel.
The gleaming 61m, 1277 gross tonne yacht was built in 2009 and arrived from Faroe on Wednesday. She is registered in the Cayman Islands. Ship’s crew were said to have been polishing the brass as soon as the vessel docked inside the outer arm of Victoria Pier.
Since her delivery Vive La Vie has been cruising around the world. Her dining room has an unusual feature as the dining table can be raised into the ceiling to allow the room to be used as a disco.
Photos on the website superyachts.com reveal the vessel to be every bit as amazing inside as out.
Mr Michel and his family are said to still own 76 per cent off the Ypsomed shares. The Swiss magazine Bilanz estimates his net worth at CHF 700 million, which is more or less 700 million US dollars – the money largely made from the supply of medical equipment.
Altogether there were 27 yachts in harbour, most much smaller than the Vive La Vie.
Aside from the toys of the super-rich, the harbour was very busy with oil-related arrivals and departures.
The Norwegian reefer Framnes made an unscheduled stop at Gremista on Friday for repairs when she was en-route to Iceland.
Several cruise liners were in port including Azamara Journey, Hebridean Princess, Celebrity Infinity, Veendam and MSC Magnifica while the sail training ship Alba Explorer also arrived on Wednesday from Aalesund bound for Inverness.
The lighthouse boat Pole Star was in port servicing lights in the north entrance.
There was also a fairly steady supply of herring coming into Shetland Catch notably from the North-east pelagic trawlers Quantus and Sunbeam.
The Serene was back after having work done in Scandinavia. The large French fishing boat Sandettie made a couple of calls to the south entrance to pick up and land a technician.
The Knab also had a couple of runs to the shuttle tanker Stena Aleksita anchored at the south entrance.