Originally purchased with funds illegally siphoned off the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal, the seized superyacht was put on the sales market by the Malaysian government in an attempt to retrieve monies, with a fast-track sales deadline of March 31.
Sitpah Selvaratnam, a lawyer representing the 1MDB fund, has said, "The Malaysian government is the owner of the vessel - they could charter it or sell it [...] it's a renewable process."
Should the Malaysian government choose to temporarily place EQUANIMITY on the charter market, the charter income would offset her upkeep costs until she finds a new owner.
With her incredible selection of amenities and the capacity to host up to 22 guests, the Oceanco-built EQUANIMITY would be one of the most in-demand yachts on the charter market. She was the first yacht in the world to be built to Passenger Yacht Code Regulations, with nine cabins boasting the following configuration; 1 master with a private deck pool and study that can convert into a second double, 1 VVIP, 3 VIP one of which can convert into a fourth double, 2 doubles and 2 twins.
Other on-board highlights include a generous beach club and wellness centre, which comprises a gym, massage room, sauna, Hamman and beauty room. She is also equipped with a circular swimming pool spanning 20 square metres, hospital facilities, and a certified helipad for arriving and departing with ease and flexibility.
The superyacht could become the fifth largest superyacht in the world officially available for charter.
Delivered in 2014, the expedition yacht ranks at number 65, in the World's Top 100 superyachts, sharing the spot with megaycht 'Queen Miri' . If she becomes available for charter, EQUANIMITY would be able to take guests around the globe, traversing the most far-flung cruising grounds in the world; from the white wonderland of Antarctica to the lush, azure waters of the Caribbean. Her exterior design is by Oceanco, who have created a balanced profile with fluid lines and a midnight-blue, ice-classed hull. Her Asian-inspired interiors meanwhile, have been crafted by Winch Design.
Should the Malaysian Government choose to put her onto the charter market, EQUANIMITY'S charter rate would be in excess of €1,000,000 per week plus expenses. EQUANIMITY's fame, coupled with the idea she may only be available for a short while, might well create a high level of interest from prospective charter clients. YachtCharterFleet will be sure to publish more details as and when they become available.