The crew of the 280 million euro yacht Amadea “refuses to sail” with the US authorities (who want to seize it)

The crew of a $ 300 million superyacht tied to a russian oligarch sanctioned it “refuses to sail”. The story was told by CBS News which revealed court documents that US authorities were trying to hijack the ship. It’s about the yacht Amadeaa super luxury boat docked in Fiji that according to the Justice Department is owned by the Russian billionaire Suleiman Kerimov. The lengthy legal process got complicated on May 7, when the ship’s crew refused to help US authorities during the ship’s departure.

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But what is the basis of the rejection? According to the report of the Cbsbased on a statement by the ship’s British captain, John Walsh, crew members are no longer paid to sail on the Amadea because the owner’s funds have been frozen. Additionally, the crew are concerned that breaching their employment contract by working with US law enforcement will ruin their professional reputation. “The current crew of the Amadea refuses to sail with the US authorities to an unknown destination,” Walsh wrote to CBS.

Now new crew?

After the case, it appears that the United States has hired a new crew for the ship. However, the captain of the boat has repeatedly refused to have new crew members on board due to lack of proper “verification”. The 106-meter-long Amadea is equipped with a heliport, swimming pool and eight cabins, and is one of the largest superyachts in the world.

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Kerimov, its alleged owner, was sanctioned by the United States in 2018 and is said to have “close ties” with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The billionaire gold magnate is one of dozens of oligarchs whose foreign assets have become chess pieces in the West’s response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The oligarch’s lawyer said the ship’s real owner is a Russian oil executive named Eduard Khudainatov, who was not sanctioned.

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