Russian tycoon sues Dulux for £62 million over ‘botched paint job’ on his 391ft luxury yacht “A”.
The row began when Akzo Nobel, the company that owns Dulux, was commissioned to provide a high-quality finish for the mega-yacht.
As the work neared completion, ‘problems appeared in the finish,’ the court documents claim. The paint appeared to be ‘running’ and the coats began separating from each other causing ‘lines and sags’.
The finish was also not as reflective as Mr Melnichenko expected, resulting in what he claims is a ‘cloudy’overall appearance.
The vessel was repainted at Akzo Nobel’s own cost, but the second coat was ‘unsatisfactory’ and lawyers say a new coat will now take 18 months. His claim, filed in a New Jersey court, argues the paint company’s incompetence forced him to redecorate his £200 million, 391-foot luxury yacht. The total includes £15 million to cover the cost of touching up the paint job as well as a monthly payment of £2.5 million to pay for hiring a replacement vessel in the 18 months when the yacht will be out of action.
The yacht “A” (owner wife’s name is Alexandra) is designed by French interiors architect Philippe Starck, it boasts a dance floor with a glass ceiling – which also forms the bottom of a swimming pool on the deck above.
The master bedroom is only accessible via a fingerprint recognition system and is protected with bomb-proof glass. One of the king-size beds rotates at the touch of a button, the walls are decorated with white stingray skin and the taps in the baths are believed to be worth £25,000 a piece.