Interparus in touch! While we were talking about new models of yachts and recalling Cosmonautics Day, a new package of sanctions came into force. Most surprising so far is the Netherlands - they have gone from almost complete silence of the situation at the beginning to mass arrests of superyachts. More details below.
The Netherlands is on fire
The Dutch authorities have detained 20 superyachts, which, presumably, were ordered by Russians or Belarusians. Add to that a dozen more yachts seized last week.
Authorities say the ships are under "heightened surveillance". This means that they cannot leave the Netherlands. A week ago, the first batch of detained superyachts consisted of 14 units.
Their ownership structure is not transparent. These vessels are believed to be associated with individuals or entities on the EU sanctions list. The list, we recall, has about 900 names.
Officials said four of the 20 yachts are under construction. Four more are under repair, and two are in storage. The longest yacht is 120 m (394 ft). All 20 yachts are located in nine Dutch shipyards.
The Dutch authorities try not to talk about the confiscation or seizure of yachts. The shipyard owns the yacht under construction until final payment is received. Payments are distributed according to the time of construction of the yacht.
These 20 yachts, which are now under increased surveillance, cannot be sold or transferred. However, the Dutch authorities allow shipyards to conduct sea trials under the supervision of the Coast Guard and Customs.
Dutch manufacturer Heesen Yachts is conducting sea trials of its 80m Project Cosmos this week at Icon Yachts' private yard in the North Sea port of Harlingen. Project Cosmos is Heesen's longest and fastest yacht to date.
Of the dozen superyacht builders in the Netherlands, eight specialize in building vessels over 50 meters (164 feet).
Turkey sends one of Abramovich's two yachts
According to the media and the coast guard, Roman Abramovich's 140-meter yacht Solaris under the flag of Bermuda left the port of Bodrum at the request of the British company Global Ports Holding. This was necessary to comply with the UK sanctions against Russia and Abramovich. Legal experts said Global Ports Holding risks being sued if it accepts port or other fees to receive a superyacht linked to Abramovich.
Solaris arrived in Turkey on March 22, where it met by protesters with Ukrainian flags, emblazoned with the words "No War", and tried to prevent the yacht from mooring. A day later, Abramovich's other superyacht, Eclipse, docked in Marmaris.
After the West imposed sanctions on Russia and its oligarchs, Abramovich began an elaborate chess game to move his multi-billion dollar fleet of planes and yachts to various locations in friendly countries, including Dubai, Israel, Turkey and Russia.
No word yet on where Solaris might be heading.
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