Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich’s $600m superyacht sails off the coast of Turkey after 8 days without a destination

A luxury superyacht owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich which has been sailing without a destination for more than a week has updated its status for the first time since leaving port, suggesting it has no immediate plans to sail. dock, according to vessel tracking data.

Solaris, a 140-foot ship worth $600 million, was off the southwest coast of Turkey heading west, according to tracking website MarineTraffic. On Monday, the website showed that the ship’s status had changed from “scenic cruise” to “pending orders”, the status it had displayed since leaving Tivat, Montenegro, on March 13.

Georgios Hatzimanolis, a spokesperson for MarineTraffic, told Insider that while yachts and ships can change status whenever they want, “most likely in this case Solaris is “using the status to confuse people around the world. where is its final destination”.

“A lot of speculation on whether it will be Turkey, Israel or even possibly the United Arab Emirates,” Hatzimanolis said.

The locations of luxury assets held by Russian oligarchs have been closely watched since sanctions were imposed on many of the country’s elite in response to Moscow sending troops to Ukraine. European countries, including Italy and France, have seized yachts, private jets and other assets from several sanctioned oligarchs.

Solaris had been moored in the Barcelona shipyard of Spanish yacht maintenance company MB92 since late 2021. It left on March 8, shortly before Abramovich, the owner of Chelsea Football Club, was sanctioned.

Before the sanctions were announced, some of Russia’s wealthiest people sought to move their expensive boats and private jets to jurisdictions where they might be able to protect them from seizure.

Sharon P. Juarez