Russian superyacht arrives in Hawaii after US seizure order

Superyacht Amadea (IMO 1012531), seized last month in Fiji at the request of US authorities, who claim that its beneficial owner is sanctioned Russian individual Suleiman Kerimov, arrived in Honolulu, Hawaii on Thursday June 16th, reports Reuters, citing Refinitiv Eikon vessel tracking data. (IMN, June 8th 2022)

The 106m yacht, valued at in the region of $300m, left Fiji’s Lautoka port last week after Fiji’s Supreme Court ruled that the yacht should leave the country because it was too expensive for the government to maintain it.

It had arrived in Fiji, where it was seized, on April 13 after an 18-day voyage from Mexico. The US Justice Department’s “KleptoCapture” task force was reportedly behind the seizure. The FBI said in an affidavit that the vessel turned off its automated information systems on February 24th almost immediately after Russia invaded Ukraine.

Lawyers for the Amadea’s owner, Cayman Islands-registered Millemarin Investment Ltd, told a Fiji court that the Amadea was not owned by Kerimov but by another Russian oligarch who has not been sanctioned, the former Rosneft chief Eduard Khudainatov. While much of the evidence in the April 13th seizure warrant has been redacted in the version released to the public, it has been observed that Khudainatov, while wealthy, did not have the kind of wealth to be able to afford a $300m superyacht, and the concomitant cost of running it.

Kerimov had already been sanctioned by the US in 2014 and 2018 in response to Russia’s actions in Syria and Ukraine. He has also been sanctioned by the EU.

As of June 18th the Amadea was moored at Honolulu.

2016-built, now USA-flagged, 4,402 gt Amadea is owned by Millemarin Investments Ltd (but see following) care of Imperial Yachts Sarl of Monte Carlo, Monaco. It is entered with American Club (registered owner, National Maritime Services Inc), with cover operational from June 2nd 2022.