Superyachts travelling significant distances to avoid seizure

Superyacht Amadea (IMO 1012531) that was recently detained in Fiji had undertaken an 18-day journey from the Caribbean in what appeared to be an attempt to avoid seizure at the behest of US authorities, which have claimed that it belongs to sanctioned Russian individual Suleiman Kerimov. It had been speculated that the vessel’s ultimate destination was Vladivostok, Russia, but it never made it that far.

Bloomberg and analytics firm Spire Global Inc tracked the longest trips of yachts connected to Russians tycoons on sanctions lists.

Since the invasion of Ukraine the Amadea had undertaken the longest journey, but at least five other superyachts had logged voyages of around 5,000nm.

Simão Oliveira, a Spire web and application developer who built the yacht tracker, said that “in the past few months, we’ve seen the yachts of sanctioned Russian oligarchs travel to places they historically haven’t gone and chart more miles than they typically do”.

The Amadea had clocked up 8,358nm since February 24th, according to Spire’s analysis. It had been moored off the Caribbean island of St Maarten since around Christmas 2021 and was still there when Russia began its armed conflict in Ukraine.

On March 12th it began moving west and eventually passed through the Panama Canal. From there it headed northwest to Mexico, where it arrived at the port in Manzanillo on the country’s west coast on March 24th for a short stay probably needed for refuelling. It then headed Fiji at a cruising speed of 13mph and arrived in the port of Lautoka on April 12th. However, it apparently did not have the necessary permits. Fiji won a court order a week later to prevent the ship from leaving after it received a request for mutual legal assistance from the US.

Fiji’s High Court last week permitted US and local authorities to seize the Amadea. Counsel representing the ship’s registered owner, Millemarin Investments Ltd., has filed for a stay of the order, and says the ship is owned by another Russian tycoon — not Kerimov.

The Amadea can sail about 10,000nm on a full tank. As of May 7th it was at Lautoka, Fiji.

2016-built, Cayman Islands-flagged, 4,402 gt Amadea is owned by Millemarin Investments Ltd care of Imperial Yachts SARL of Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Elsewhere, the Clio (IMO 9312535), a $65m yacht tied linked to sanctioned Russian individual Oleg Deripaska, travelled 7,374nm from the Maldives from March 20th, initially stating that it was heading for Dubai, but then making a U-turn south, returning to the Maldives, and then travelling 3,000nm on a journey that took it northwest through the Suez Canal, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. It was last seen in the Black Sea beyond Istanbul, where a number of Russian ports would be within reach before its automatic identification system stopped broadcasting its location on April 18th. No AIS since April 13th.

The Nord (IMO 9853785), valued at $500m and reportedly owned by sanctioned Russian individual Alexey Mordashov travelled about 6,700nm in the period, and made it to safety in Vladivostok in March. The vessel had been in the Maldives and Seychelles over the winter. It left the Seychelles on March 12th and cruised toward Sri Lanka. The yacht arrived in Vladivostok on April 11th, where it remained as of May 7th.

2004-built, Cayman Islands-flagged, 2,241 gt Clio is owned by Waleforce Yachting Ltd care of Hill Robinson Yacht Management Consultants of Antibes, France. It can host 18 guests in nine cabins and has a crew of 21.

2021-built, Cayman Islands-flagged, 10,154 gt Nord is owned by Opus Enterprises care of Moran Yacht Management Inc of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.