Roman Abramovich’s $600 million superyacht Solaris has left the port of Bodrum in Turkey – relocating because the sanctioned Russian oligarch’s fleet of luxurious vessels comes beneath elevated scrutiny from Western officers.
As of Monday morning, the Solaris was anchored off Yalikavak seashore close to the southwestern coast of Turkey within the Aegean Sea, in line with location information from Marine Traffic. The ship was initially reported to have left Bodrum Cruise Port for a “scenic cruise” earlier than its crew dropped anchor.
The Solaris and one other of Abramovich’s superyachts, the Eclipse, have lingered in or close to Turkish ports for the final two weeks. The Eclipse is positioned within the Turkish port of Marmaris.
The vessels have averted European ports within the days because the United Kingdom and European Union levied sanctions towards Abramovich over his ties to the Kremlin in response to the invasion of Ukraine.
The Solaris’ departure from the Turkish port occurred after Global Ports Holding, which operates Bodrum Cruise Port and is listed on the London Stock Exchange, confronted strain to disclaim service to the yacht as a result of its ties to Abramovich.
On Sunday, Global Ports Holding stated it lacked the authority to reject the Solaris, however famous it might not settle for berthing charges whereas the boat was at port.
“This responsibility and decision sit with the Turkish Authorities, and as concessionaire, GPH must comply with such a decision as long as the decision is legal under the applicable laws,” the company stated in an announcement.
“However, and notwithstanding the difficulties of any party to correctly identify the actual ownership of such assets, GPH has not and will not receive any service fee or other payments concerning the berthing of this superyacht at Bodrum Cruise Port,” the assertion added.
Global Ports Holding’s announcement might have been an try and defend itself from legal responsibility for potential sanctions violations, in line with the Financial Times, which first reported on the assertion.
While Abramovich’s two largest superyachts, the $600 million Solaris and the $700 million Eclipse, have drawn probably the most public scrutiny, a report final week revealed his fleet was extra intensive than beforehand identified.
British authorities have decided Abramovich owns the yachts Halo and Garçon, which drew scrutiny whereas docked in Antigua however had been solely lately decided to be owned by the oligarch. Government officers in Antigua stated they’d cooperate with efforts to detain and seize the vessels if requested.
The Financial Times famous Abramovich should still personal a fifth yacht, the $11 million Sussurro, regardless of earlier reviews that he gifted the boat to his ex-wife in a divorce settlement.