US hires new crew to sail a sanctioned Russian oligarch's $325 million superyacht from Fiji to Hawaii, report says
- US authorities hired a new crew to sail a Russian gold tycoon's
superyachtto Hawaii, per Bloomberg.
- Suleyman Kerimov's
yachtis bearing the US flag on its journey to Hawaii, per ship-tracking data.
US authorities have hired a new crew to sail a Russian
The $325 million vessel, which US authorities said belonged to gold tycoon Suleyman Kerimov, left the port of Lautoka in Fiji early on Tuesday, according ship-tracking data from analytics firm Spire.
The yacht, called Amadea, is now heading for Hawaii, a US state, per Spire data.
After Fiji ruled on Tuesday that Kerimov's yacht was in the hands of US authorities, the vessel departed from the island bearing the American flag, according to ship-tracking site MarineTraffic. It previously flew the Cayman Islands flag.
Bloomberg reported that a different crew is now in control of the 348ft Amadea, which features a helipad, jacuzzi, swimming pool, and a winter garden, according to Superyacht Fan.
The Department of Justice declined to comment about the new crew but told Insider on Tuesday that "the judicial process to determine the disposition of the vessel will continue."
In early June, Fiji's supreme court ordered the yacht to "sail out of Fiji waters" because its running costs were becoming too expensive for the country's government.
After being sanctioned by the US in 2018 for alleged money laundering, Kerimov was also sanctioned by the UK and European Union following the invasion of
Kerimov also owns Nafta Moscow, a Russian financial and industrial group.
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