Three yachts immobilized in the port of Hamburg due to sanctions against Russia


Berlin, March 3 Three yachts that, according to the media, are owned by Russian oligarchs have been immobilized by the German authorities in a shipyard in Hamburg (north), while studying the possibility of seizing them as part of the sanctions against Russia. The boats are located at the Blohm + Voss (B+V) shipyard and among them is the “Dilbar”, one of the largest private yachts in the world with 156 meters in length and allegedly owned by tycoon Alisher Burjanovich Usmanov. According to the Bloomberg agency’s Billionaires Index, the yacht, which was undergoing repairs, has an estimated value of 594 million dollars (536 million euros). In the dry dock of B+V is also the “Luna”, built in 2010 on behalf of Roman Abramovich, until now owner of the Chelsea football club, who would have sold it in 2014 to the Azeri businessman Farjad Ajmédov. The Hamburg financial authority reported, in statements quoted by the specialized magazine “Float”, that the customs police are examining the possibility of seizing the vessels due to sanctions against Russian businessmen linked to the war in Ukraine. That will only be possible “if the goods in question are subject to sanctions. No yacht will leave the port that is not allowed,” said a spokeswoman for the Hamburg authorities, according to “Float”. Alisher Usmanov, a tycoon close to Russian President Vladimir Putin, with interests in the mining, metallurgy and telecommunications industries, also owns several villas in the German town of Rottach (south). Several hundred neighbors demonstrated this Wednesday with the message that the billionaire, who is on the European sanctions list, is not welcome in the place while the war in Ukraine continues. EFE cph/jam/pi




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