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US hires new crew to sail sanctioned Russian oligarch's $325 million superyacht from Fiji to Hawaii

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US authorities have said the Amadea yacht belongs to Russian gold tycoon Suleyman Kerimov.
US authorities have said the Amadea yacht belongs to Russian gold tycoon Suleyman Kerimov.
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  • US authorities hired a new crew to sail a Russian gold tycoon's superyacht to Hawaii, per Bloomberg.
  • Suleyman Kerimov's yacht is bearing the US flag on its journey to Hawaii, per ship-tracking data.
  • Department of Justice said the "process to determine the disposition of the vessel will continue."
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US authorities have hired a new crew to sail a Russian oligarch's luxury yacht from Fiji to Hawaii, Bloomberg first reported.

The $325 million vessel, which US authorities said belonged to gold tycoon Suleyman Kerimov, left the port of Lautoka in Fiji early on Tuesday, according to ship-tracking data from analytics firm Spire.

The yacht, called Amadea, is now heading for Hawaii, a US state, per Spire data.

Screenshot of Spire data showing the location of Suleyman Kerimov's yacht Amadea approaching Hawaii.
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After Fiji ruled on Tuesday that Kerimov's yacht was in the hands of US authorities, the vessel departed from the island bearing the American flag, according to ship-tracking site MarineTraffic. It previously flew the Cayman Islands flag.

Bloomberg reported that a different crew is now in control of the 348ft Amadea, which features a helipad, jacuzzi, swimming pool, and a winter garden, according to Superyacht Fan.

The Department of Justice didn't immediately respond to a request for comment about the new crew but told Insider on Tuesday that "the judicial process to determine the disposition of the vessel will continue."

Amadea moored in Fiji on 12 April after sailing across the Pacific from Mexico before it was banned from leaving due to a restraining order.

In early June, Fiji's supreme court ordered the yacht to "sail out of Fiji waters" because its running costs were becoming too expensive for the country's government.

After being sanctioned by the US in 2018 for alleged money laundering, Kerimov was also sanctioned by the UK and European Union following the invasion of Ukraine for his close ties with Vladimir Putin.

He is a member of the Russian Federation Council and his family owns a controlling stake in Polyus Gold, which claims to be Russia's biggest gold producer.

Kerimov also owns Nafta Moscow, a Russian financial and industrial group.

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