The superyacht Octopus, owned by Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen, returned to Timaru yesterday and is expected to remain in port until midday tomorrow.
The Octopus, a 127-metre yacht that could boast of being the world's largest when it was built in 2003, first arrived at Timaru on February 1 and remained in port for several days.
The reason for the vessel's visits to Timaru is not clear, but a Timaru port pilot confirmed that he had once worked on the vessel and had signed a 10-year nondisclosure agreement that prevented him from speaking with media about the experience.
The Octopus can accommodate up to 26 guests and 57 crew members. It also carries two helicopters, a 20m tender, six smaller boats and two submarines. Its on-board amenities include a swimming pool, basketball court, cinema and recording studio. Built by Lurssen Yachts, the interior was designed by Jonathan Quinn Barnett.
Mr Allen co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates in 1975.
- The Timaru Herald