Russian oligarch’s $325m yacht docks sanctioned in Fiji after 18 days

  • A luxury yacht linked to sanctioned Russian oligarch Suleyman Kerimov docked in Fiji, tracking data shows.
  • The $325 million ship, Amadea, sailed for 18 days across the Pacific Ocean from Mexico.
  • Kerimov has been sanctioned by the West for alleged money laundering and his ties to Putin.

A luxury superyacht linked to sanctioned Russian oligarch Suleyman Kerimov docked in Fiji on Tuesday after crossing the Pacific Ocean.

The Marine Traffic ship tracking site showed Amadea left the port of Manzanillo on Mexico’s Pacific coast on March 24 and headed west towards Fiji. Amadea is currently moored in the port of Fiji’s second largest city, Lautoka, according to vessel traffic data.

Local media showed footage of the ship moored at a wharf alongside commercial ships.

The yacht’s journey from Mexico to Fiji took 18 days and four hours, according to Marine Traffic. Fiji has not imposed sanctions on Russia over Moscow’s decision to send troops to Ukraine, suggesting there is less risk of the ship being seized.

Kerimov has a net worth of $14.3 billion, according to Bloomberg Billionaire Index. The businessman, who made his money from the gold industry, has been sanctioned by the US, EU and UK for alleged money laundering and links to the Russian President Vladimir Putin. Any of his holdings in these jurisdictions could be at risk of being detained.

The Fiji Times reported on Wednesday that Fiji’s ports require all yachts to obtain approval from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Trade and Transport and Department of Immigration.

“We heard about it [Amadea] but nothing came to Immigration,” Yogesh Karan, permanent secretary for Immigration, said Tuesday, according to the Fiji Times.

The Fiji government did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment, which was made outside of Fiji’s normal business hours.

The West continues to seize the assets of Russian oligarchs – not only luxury yachts, but also private jets, paintings and real estate. In response, some oligarchs have sought to move their ships to jurisdictions where there is less risk of detention.

The 350ft Amadea can accommodate a total of 52 guests and crew, and features a hot tub, helicopter and large swimming pool, according to SuperYacht Fan, who values ​​it at $325 million .

Amadea also has a “dedicated party deck” with a “spa pool flanked by lounge chairs” that can be transformed into a stage where bands and DJs can perform using the yacht’s sound system, according to a review by Boat International.

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