Italy seizes Russian billionaire Melnichenko's Sailing Yacht A

  • Medium Text

Finance Police seizes superyacht from Russian billionaire Andrey Igorevich Melnichenko

Sign up here.

Reporting by Emilio Parodi in Bergamo and Stevo Vasiljevic in Tivat Writing by Giselda Vagnoni Editing by Frances Kerry

Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. New Tab , opens new tab

Russian late opposition leader Alexei Navalny's wife Yulia attends the Munich Security Conference

World Chevron

Russia's President Vladimir Putin meets with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Moscow

India's Modi tells Putin that 'heart bleeds' over deaths of children in war

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday that the death of innocent children was painful and terrifying, a day after a lethal strike on a children's hospital in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv.

Reuters logo

  • Seguici su facebook
  • Seguici su twitter
  • Seguici su instagram
  • Vai agli RSS

Il veliero più grande del mondo dell'oligarca Melnichenko in rada a Trieste

Il mega yacht del magnate russo è sotto sequestro dallo scorso marzo. l'ormeggio nell'arsenale san marco è tornato nella disponibilità di fincantieri.

  • Oligarca russo
  • Andrey Melnichenko

UK Edition Change

  • UK Politics
  • News Videos
  • Paris 2024 Olympics
  • Rugby Union
  • Sport Videos
  • John Rentoul
  • Mary Dejevsky
  • Andrew Grice
  • Sean O’Grady
  • Photography
  • Theatre & Dance
  • Culture Videos
  • Fitness & Wellbeing
  • Food & Drink
  • Health & Families
  • Royal Family
  • Electric Vehicles
  • Car Insurance Deals
  • Lifestyle Videos
  • UK Hotel Reviews
  • News & Advice
  • Simon Calder
  • Australia & New Zealand
  • South America
  • C. America & Caribbean
  • Middle East
  • Politics Explained
  • News Analysis
  • Today’s Edition
  • Home & Garden
  • Broadband deals
  • Fashion & Beauty
  • Travel & Outdoors
  • Sports & Fitness
  • Sustainable Living
  • Climate Videos
  • Solar Panels
  • Behind The Headlines
  • On The Ground
  • Decomplicated
  • You Ask The Questions
  • Binge Watch
  • Travel Smart
  • Watch on your TV
  • Crosswords & Puzzles
  • Most Commented
  • Newsletters
  • Ask Me Anything
  • Virtual Events
  • Betting Sites
  • Online Casinos
  • Wine Offers

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged in Please refresh your browser to be logged in

SY A: Italy seizes one of the world’s largest superyachts owned by Russian businessman

The vessel, called “sy a”, is in storage at the northeastern port of trieste, article bookmarked.

Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile

Breaking News

For free real time breaking news alerts sent straight to your inbox sign up to our breaking news emails

Sign up to our free breaking news emails, thanks for signing up to the breaking news email.

A £530 million mega yacht owned by Russian oligarch Andrey Melnichenko was seized on Friday by Italian authorities.

The vessel, called “SY A”, was in storage at the northeastern port of Trieste , a statement from Italy ’s financial police said.

Mr Melnichenko was one of a number of Russian elites recently sanctioned by the EU over close supposed links to the Kremlin, in response to Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine .

In announcing its decision the EU said Mr Melnichenko - who owns fertilizer producer EuroChem Group and coal company SUEK - was among a group of 36 businesspeople who met with Mr Putin and other officials on February 24 to discuss the impact of economic sanctions by the EU and EU.

The EU Council decision said: “The fact that he was invited to attend this meeting shows that he is a member of the closest circle of Vladimir Putin and that he is supporting or implementing actions or policies which undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, as well as stability and security in Ukraine.

“It also shows that he is one of the leading businesspersons involved in economic sectors providing a substantial source of revenue to the government of Russia, which is responsible for annexation of Crimea and ​destabilization of Ukraine.”

The businessman is worth approximately £8.4billion ($11 billion) - making him the eight richest man in Russia, according to Forbes.

The 143m (469ft) long superyacht was constructed by German shipbuilder Nobiskrug and features a host of amenities, including an underwater observation pod and hybrid diesel-electric propulsion.

Andrey and Aleksandra Melnichenko

European countries have responded rapidly to seize assets from Russian oligarchs and have already taken a number of the sailing vessels.

Italian authorities have taken Lena belonging to Gennady Timchenko, in the port of San Remo and the Lady M owned by Alexei Mordashov in nearby Imperia.

And French customs officials seized the yacht of Rosneft boss Igor Sechin, before it attempted to flee a French Riviera port.

A number of superyachts owned by Russian billionaires appeared to have found temporary haven in the Maldives, a luxury holiday destination, that crucially does not have an extradition treaty with the US or EU.

The Independent has a proud history of campaigning for the rights of the most vulnerable, and we first ran our Refugees Welcome campaign during the war in Syria in 2015. Now, as we renew our campaign and launch this petition in the wake of the unfolding Ukrainian crisis, we are calling on the government to go further and faster to ensure help is delivered. To find out more about our Refugees Welcome campaign, click here . To sign the petition click here . If you would like to donate then please click here for our GoFundMe page.

Join our commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Subscribe to Independent Premium to bookmark this article

Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? Start your Independent Premium subscription today.

New to The Independent?

Or if you would prefer:

Want an ad-free experience?

Hi {{indy.fullName}}

  • My Independent Premium
  • Account details
  • Help centre

Ukraine war: £443m superyacht owned by oligarch Andrey Melnichenko seized in Italy as part of sanctions

The vessel, the biggest sailing yacht in the world, is owned by billionaire Andrey Melnichenko, who made a fortune in fertiliser production and coal.

melnichenko yacht trieste

News reporter

Sunday 13 March 2022 01:14, UK

The £443m superyacht owned by oligarch Andrey Igorevich Melnichenko seized in Italy

A Russian-owned superyacht valued at £443m has been confiscated by Italian police in the port of Trieste as part of a global crackdown on wealthy oligarchs.

The Sy A yacht is owned by billionaire Andrey Melnichenko, 50, who made a fortune in fertiliser production and coal.

The vessel was seized on Friday evening.

Designed by Philippe Starck and built by Nobiskrug in Germany, the vessel is the world's biggest sailing yacht at 143m in length.

Read more: Russia says Western arms shipments now 'legitimate military targets' - follow latest updates on Ukraine war

An Italian officer boards Melnichenko's superyacht

Footage shows police cars approaching the triple-masted yacht and officers boarding it.

Italian authorities last week seized £120m in luxury yachts and villas belonging to Russian billionaires in picturesque retreats such as Sardinia, the Ligurian coast and Lake Como as part of sanctions against oligarchs linked to Vladimir Putin.

A statement from the Official Journal of the European Union described Melnichenko as belonging to the "most influential circle of Russian businesspeople with close connections to the Russian Government".

It added: "On 24 February 2022, in the aftermath of the initial stages of Russian aggression against Ukraine, Andrey Igorevich Melnichenko, along with other 36 businesspeople, met with President Vladimir Putin and other members of the Russian government to discuss the impact of the course of action in the wake of Western sanctions.

The 142.81 metre sail-assisted yacht in front of Monaco harbour in 2017

"The fact that he was invited to attend this meeting shows that he is a member of the closest circle of Vladimir Putin and that he is supporting or implementing actions or policies which undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, as well as stability and security in Ukraine."

A spokesperson for Melnichenko said the businessman had "no relation to the tragic events in Ukraine and has no political affiliations".

"There is no justification whatsoever for placing him on the EU sanctions list.

"We will be disputing these baseless and unjustified sanctions, and believe that the rule of law and common sense will prevail."

A number of oligarchs have sought to move their superyachts to safe locations to avoid confiscation.

Roman Abramovich's superyacht Solaris has been spotted in the small Adriatic Sea state of Montenegro.

A view of Russian metals and petroleum magnate Roman Abramovich's superyacht Solaris anchored in Tivat, Montenegro (pic: AP)

The 533ft Solaris was seen on Saturday outside the Porto Montenegro marina in the coastal town of Tivat after arriving from Barcelona.

There was no immediate comment from the Montenegrin authorities on the arrival of the £460m vessel.

The NATO country has joined Western sanctions imposed on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine.

It comes after Abramovich was sanctioned by the UK government .

The Chelsea Football Club owner is one of seven more Russian oligarchs who have had sanctions placed on them by ministers in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

A government document announcing the move said that Abramovich has had a "close relationship for decades" with Putin.

FILE - Chelsea soccer club owner Roman Abramovich sits in his box before their English Premier League soccer match against Sunderland at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Dec. 19, 2015.Unpreceded restrictions have been placed on Chelsea’s ability to operate by the British government after owner Roman Abramovich is targeted in sanctions. Abramovich is among seven wealthy Russians who had their assets frozen by the government. It freezes his ability to sell Chelsea which was announced last week a

The UK is the first nation to sanction Abramovich, who has been described by the government as a "pro-Kremlin oligarch".

The government has now sanctioned more than 200 individuals and entities.

Related Topics

an image, when javascript is unavailable

  • 672 Wine Club
  • Motorcycles
  • Car of the Month
  • Destinations
  • Men’s Fashion
  • Watch Collector
  • Art & Collectibles
  • Vacation Homes
  • Celebrity Homes
  • New Construction
  • Home Design
  • Electronics
  • Fine Dining
  • Dubai Tourism
  • Gateway Bronco
  • On Location – Olympic Games Paris 2024
  • One&Only
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
  • Saratoga Spring Water
  • Sports & Leisure
  • Health & Wellness
  • Best of the Best
  • The Ultimate Gift Guide

Italian Police Seize Russian Oligarch Andrey Melnichenko’s 468-Foot ‘Sailing Yacht A’

The list keeps growing with the impoundment of "sailing yacht a" and suspicion that "scheherazade" might be connected to vladimir putin., michael verdon, michael verdon's most recent stories, this 400-foot megayacht has a bonkers underwater lounge, and it’s about to debut in monaco.

  • Candela and Polestar’s First Electric Foiling Boat Was Just Delivered—and It’s a Stunner
  • Private Aviation’s Top Firms Are in an Epic Battle for Your Business. Here Are the Perks They’re Offering.
  • Share This Article

Russian oligarchs yachts continued to be seized

Italy’s finance police seized one of the world’s most iconic sailing yachts, owned by a Russian oligarch. Andrey Melnichenko’s Sailing Yacht A , with an estimated value of $578 million, was impounded in dry dock at the Port of Trieste, according to a statement from the Guardia di Finanzia. Melninchenko was sanctioned by the European Union on March 9 as part of a group of Russian oligarchs who met with Russian President Vladimir Putin following its Ukraine invasion to discuss the potential economic impact of EU and American sanctions.

Related Stories

This new 92-foot yacht is a speed machine on the high seas.

  • Aston Martin Just Unveiled a Road-Ready Version of Its F1 Medical Car

This 94-Foot Sportfishing Yacht Packs in All the Style of a Larger Vessel

Melnichenko owns the major fertilizer producer EuroChem Group and SUEK, a coal company. He also owns the 390-foot Motor Yacht A. A spokesperson said in a statement that Melnichenko has nothing to do with politics and that he has removed himself from the board of Eurochem and SUEK after the EU sanctioned him. “He has no relation to the tragic events in Ukraine. He has no political affiliations,” said the statement.

US intelligence officials have also said they are trying to link the Scheherazade , a $700 million superyacht in dry dock in Italy, to Putin. The New York Times reported that the US government has made no definite conclusions about the yacht’s ownership, but believe it could be owned by the Russian president. The yacht’s captain, Guy Bennett-Pearce, told the Times that Putin had no stake in the yacht, but declined to name the owner. Bennett-Pearce said he would provide Italian police with documents that divulged the owner’s name. The Italian Sea Group, which owns the shipyard where Scheherazade is dry docked, said that, based on “checks carried out by relevant authorities,” the yacht is “not attributable to the property of Russian President Vladimir Putin.”

Russian oligarchs yachts continued to be seized

Roman Abramovich, who owns Solaris. last week was placed on the UK sanctions list.  Courtesy of Lloyd Werft

Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich was also added to the UK sanctions list days after he announced the sale of the football club. Abramovich, who owns a string of supercars and several private jets, also owns the superyachts Solaris and Eclipse. Solaris is reportedly sailing towards Israel, where Abramovich has dual citizenship.

On March 3, France’s finance ministry said that it had impounded Amore Vero , a yacht owned by Igor Sechin, CEO of Russian oil giant Rosneft. The EU had sanctioned Sechin earlier that week, calling him one of Putin’s “most trusted and closest advisors, as well as his personal friend.” German authorities also detained the 512-foot superyacht Dilbar in Hamburg, owned by Alisher Usmanov. Reports said the crew was fired last week. On March 5, Italian authorities impounded two yachts, Lena and Lady M , owned by Gennady Timchenko and Alexei Mordashov, respectively.

On Friday, the US State Department placed Viktor Vekselberg on its sanctions list. Two of Vekeselberg’s luxury assets, an Airbus A319-115 jet and his yacht Tango , were identified as “blocked property.”

Russian oligarchs yachts continue to be seized.

The superyacht Scheherazade was impounded in Italy during an investigation to uncover whether it is owned by Russian President Vladimir Putin.  Video Still/YT

The seizures have prompted the superyacht industry to distance itself from the oligarchs. Italian yacht builders Sanlorenzo and Azimut both released statements that they have limited exposure to Russian clients, and none are on the sanctions list. Heesen Yachts released a statement that two Russians sitting on its supervisory board of directors have resigned their positions. The builder said Heesen is 100-percent Dutch-owned company and that Pavel Sukhoruchkin and Pavel Novoselov had nothing to do with its day-to-day operations.

Ownership of many Russian yachts is often hidden by shell companies in tax havens like the Cayman Islands. They are not only hard to trace, but actually seizing and selling them could present a legal quagmire that could take years to resolve.

Some are wondering whether seizing the oligarchs’ private yachts and jets will work. “Sanctions are another example of the West doing what it does best, which is just throwing a lot of cash at the problem and hoping it gets solved,” Olga Chyzh, a professor of political science at the University of Toronto, told the Washington Post. “However sad they are to let go of their Western assets, oligarchs have even more to lose if Putin is no longer there to protect them.”

Russian oligarchs yachts continued to be seized

Eclipse is another yacht owned by Roman Abramovich.  Robb Report File

In the meantime, some oligarchs are taking their yachts to destinations like the Maldives , the Seychelles and Dubai, which have no extradition treaties with the US and EU. Dubai has become a favorite destination for Russian tourism and wealth.

Alex Finley, a former CIA officer, has been tracking the yachts from Barcelona. Using the hashtag “Yacht Watch,” she posts updates on Twitter for Russian-owned superyachts.

“For me, the yachts are a big, easily recognizable symbol of the more serious side of this [Russian invasion]: These are people who support a dictator, and have been supporting him in carrying out destabilization operations against democracy, while at the same time coming here and taking all the benefits of the exact same democracies they were destabilizing,” Finley told the Washington Post.

Read More On:

  • Azimut Yachts
  • Sanlorenzo Yachts

More Marine

III Amigos

This New 115-Foot Superyacht Has a Splashy, Jet-Stream Pool on the Flybridge

magazine cover

The Grand UK Debut

JULY 17 - 19, 2024 Head to the British countryside to test and evaluate the top luxury and performance vehicles of 2024.

Give the Gift of Luxury

Latest Galleries in Marine

Otam 90 GTS Sexy Me

‘Sexy Me’ Yacht in Photos

Superyacht Dar by Oceanco

Meet ‘Dar,’ the Sleek 295-Foot Superyacht That’s Shaped Like a Shark

More from our brands, with emptier aisles and a new head, première vision seeks a fresh direction, sporticast 360: nfl teams make $400m+ before tickets, concessions, paramount global deal with skydance ‘may not be sufficient to stabilize the credit profile,’ moody’s says, palestinian painter samia halaby’s retrospective triumphs in michigan after cancellation in indiana , the best yoga mats for any practice, according to instructors.

Quantcast

The Straits Times

  • International
  • Print Edition
  • news with benefits
  • SPH Rewards
  • STClassifieds
  • Berita Harian
  • Hardwarezone
  • Shin Min Daily News
  • Tamil Murasu
  • The Business Times
  • The New Paper
  • Lianhe Zaobao
  • Advertise with us

Italy seizes Russian oligarch Melnichenko's Sailing Yacht A

melnichenko yacht trieste

ROME (REUTERS) - Italian police have seized a superyacht from Russian billionaire Andrey Igorevich Melnichenko, the prime minister's office said on Saturday (March 12), a few days after the businessman was placed on an EU sanctions list following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

The 143-metre (470-foot) Sailing Yacht A, which has a price tag of 530 million euros (S$791 million), has been sequestered at the northern port of Trieste, the government said.

Designed by Philippe Starck and built by Nobiskrug in Germany, the vessel is the world’s biggest sailing yacht, the government said.  

Melnichenko owned major fertiliser producer EuroChem Group and coal company SUEK.

The companies said in statements on Thursday that he had resigned as a member of the board in both companies and withdrawn as their beneficiary, effective Wednesday.

Last week, Italian police seized villas and yachts worth 143 million euros  (S$212 million) from five high-profile Russians who have been placed on the sanctions list.

The police operations were part of a coordinated drive by Western states to penalise wealthy Russians linked to President Vladimir Putin.

Join ST's Telegram channel and get the latest breaking news delivered to you.

  • Billionaires/Millionaires
  • Embargoes and economic sanctions

Read 3 articles and stand to win rewards

Spin the wheel now

  • News & Coffee time
  • In Her Element
  • Local Living
  • Humor & cartoons
  • The Sunny Afternoon Line
  • Urban Issues
  • Kid’s Corner
  • Mindful Health
  • Street Style Trieste
  • Science In The City
  • Illustration
  • Food + Wine

melnichenko yacht trieste

Heat Advisory Issued for Trieste: Red Alert on Thursday, July 11

Italy braces for another scorching summer, researchers warn, backlash mounts over renaming malpensa airport after silvio berlusconi, pope’s visit to trieste captured through our photographer’s lens, fireflies galore: where and when to see these amazing bugs in…, forgotten wwii air-raid shelter in trieste still hides the secrets of…, bora winds return to trieste, shaking up city life, many came out to enjoy barcola beach this weekend, trieste, the ‘floating island’ of unsaid histories, explored in de filippo’s…, “the courage to try”: cristina scocchia’s inspiring journey against the wind, nicola guarino to present “tutto qui” at ubik bookstore in trieste, crossing borders: exploring trieste’s multicultural heritage with ‘care parole’, trieste’s historic castello di san giusto to host grand open-air opera…, a theatrical journey through nature and shakespeare at miramare, women ascend to new heights in trieste’s “io non scendo” exhibition, new panathlon club trieste muggia junior aims to inspire youth through…, sunday best: fashion highlights from pope francis’s visit to trieste, spring 2024 style in trieste: where fabulous fashion meets international flair, gratitude quotes to uplift and inspire you this sunday afternoon, beating the winter blues in trieste, university of trieste launches new english-taught ma degrees for global transitions, dna analysis unveils rich biodiversity in mediterranean lagoon, stars align: summer magic at trieste’s inaf observatory, renowned economist paul ekins unveils insights at university of trieste, expedition to uncover secrets of north atlantic current and climate change, from australia to trieste: “mimma” premieres at teatro verdi, trieste celebrates director laura samani’s cinematic journey, free summer film festival at trieste’s public garden, italy seizes world’s biggest yacht in trieste port.

melnichenko yacht trieste

by In Trieste

Italy’s finance police have seized a super-yacht from Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko in the port of Trieste.

The seizure of the 143-m vessel, called ‘SY A’ and valued at €530 million, is as high an eight-storey building and is the largest sailing yacht in the world, reports Italian newspaper   Corriere della Sera .

The move is part of measures taken against Russian tycoons included in the EU ‘black list’ for sanctions following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The vessel, which can reportedly accommodate 60 guests and crew, is equipped with a large swimming pool, an underwater observatory and a helipad.

melnichenko yacht trieste

RELATED ARTICLES MORE FROM AUTHOR

Leave a reply cancel reply.

Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.

Stay Connected

Recent posts, the slovenian festival ‘slofest’ takes over 15-17 september, google celebrates friuli venezia giulia, a growing mosaic: trieste’s islamic community celebrates festival of sacrifice, anticipating the new governmental decree: masks outdoors and other restrictions, antico caffè torinese offers take-away service.

melnichenko yacht trieste

Italian authorities seize one of world’s largest superyachts from oligarch

Sailing Yacht A, owned by Russian businessman Andrey Melnichenko, seized in Trieste on Friday evening

  • Russia-Ukraine war – latest news

Italian authorities have seized a €530m (£444m) superyacht owned by Russian businessman Andrey Melnichenko as part of EU sanctions following Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine .

Sy A – short for Sailing Yacht A – was seized on Friday evening in the port of Trieste after being identified by Italian police as belonging to the billionaire owner of EuroChem Group, a major fertiliser producer, and the coal company SUEK.

Video footage reportedly showed police cars with flashing lights approaching the yacht, said to be one of the largest in the world, and boarding it.

EuroChem and SUEK said in statements on Thursday that Melnichenko had resigned as a member of the board in both companies and withdrawn as their beneficiary, effective on Wednesday.

It comes as Roman Abramovich’s superyacht Solaris was pictured arriving in Tivat, Montenegro, on Saturday. The vessel left a port in Barcelona earlier this week as the UK government imposed sanctions on the Russian billionaire owner of Chelsea Football Club.

On Thursday, it was tracked off the coast of Sicily after reportedly undergoing repairs earlier in the week in Barcelona, one of a number of apparently hurried sailings of Russian billionaires moving their superyachts to avoid seizure. His other yacht, the more luxurious Eclipse, was on Thursday located to the west of the Canary Islands.

A European Council decision authorising the sanctions against Melnichenko says he was one of 37 business leaders who met with the Russian president after the invasion of Ukraine to talk about the potential economic impact of EU and US sanctions.

Melnichenko, the document states, “belongs to the most influential circle of Russian businesspeople with close connections to the Russian government”.

It adds: “He is therefore involved in economic sectors providing a substantial source of revenue to the government of the Russian Federation, which is responsible for the annexation of Crimea and the destabilisation of Ukraine.”

A spokesperson for Melnichenko, Alex Andreev, said the businessman had “no relation to the tragic events in Ukraine. He has no political affiliations”.

“There is no justification whatsoever for placing him on the EU sanctions list,” Andreev said. “We will be disputing these baseless and unjustified sanctions, and believe that the rule of law and common sense will prevail.”

Italian authorities have separately seized €143m worth of luxury yachts and villas owned by Russian billionaires in luxury destinations including Lake Como, Sardinia and the Ligurian coast.

Nobiskrug, the manufacturer of Sailing Yacht A, describes the three-mast vessel on its website as “one of the world’s largest and most advanced superyachts” and the “ultimate embodiment of German superyachts built for the 22nd century”. It is almost 143 metres long, the mainmast is 100 metres above the waterline, and the yacht has a gross tonnage of about 12,600.

Other yachts seized by Italian police include Lady M, owned by Alexei Mordashov who, before being blacklisted this week by the EU, was the richest man in Russia. A yacht owned by Gennady Timchenko, another billionaire with close ties to Putin, was also seized.

Most viewed

News | World

Italian police seize Russian billionaire’s £443million superyacht

The superyacht from Russian billionaire Andrey Igorevich Melnichenko is seen in port of Trieste

Italian police have seized a superyacht owned by Russian billionaire Andrey Igorevich Melnichenko, the Prime Minister’s office announced.

It comes days after the businessman was placed on an EU sanctions list following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine .

The 143-metre (470-foot) Sailing Yacht A, which has a price tag of 530 million euros (£443 million), has been sequestered at the northern port of Trieste, the government said.

The vessel, designed by Philippe Starck and built by Nobiskrug in Germany, is the world’s biggest sailing yacht.

Oligarch Melnichenko owned major fertiliser producer EuroChem Group and coal company SUEK.

The companies said in statements on Thursday that he had resigned as a member of the board in both companies and withdrawn as their beneficiary, effective Wednesday.

Videos on social media show police in cars with flashing lights approaching the triple-mast yacht as officers begin boarding.

A spokesperson for Melnichenko, Alex Andreev, said the businessman had "no relation to the tragic events in Ukraine. He has no political affiliations".

"There is no justification whatsoever for placing him on the EU sanctions list," his spokesperson told Reuters. "We will be disputing these baseless and unjustified sanctions, and believe that the rule of law and common sense will prevail.”

Last week, Italian police seized villas and yachts worth 143 million euros (£119 million) from five high-profile Russians who have been placed on the sanctions list.

Good news of the week: O2 Academy to reopen and off-peak Friday fares introduced

Good news of the week: O2 Academy to reopen and off-peak Friday fares introduced

Tourists to be banned from famous 'geisha district' in Kyoto

Tourists to be banned from famous 'geisha district' in Kyoto

'Extra fuel' twist in missing flight MH370 riddle

'Extra fuel' twist in missing flight MH370 riddle

First look at exceptional new London properties for sale in 2024

First look at exceptional new London properties for sale in 2024

The luxury properties were sequestered in some of Italy’s most prestigious retail estate locations - the island of Sardinia, by Lake Como and in Tuscany - while two superyachts were grabbed at their moorings in northern ports.

Billionaire businessman Alisher Usmanov had a villa worth 17 million euros seized on the Mediterranean island of Sardinia.

Oleg Savchenko, a member of the Russian parliament, had his 17th century house near the Tuscan city of Lucca, worth some 3 million euros, taken from him.

Uzbekistan-born metals and telecoms tycoon Usmanov is well known in Italy for owning multiple properties on Sardinia.

Italian media said Mordashov owned a villa worth some 66 million euros ($72 million) on the same island.

Taking into account the assets of his whole family, Forbes magazine estimates that Mordashov had an estimated net worth of $29.1 billion before sanctions hit.

Mirko Idili, a coordinator of the CISL union in Sardinia, has warned the sanctions and a reduced presence of rich Russians this summer could negatively affect the island’s economy and put more than 1,000 jobs at risk.

The police operations were part of a coordinated drive by Western states to penalise wealthy Russians linked to President Vladimir Putin.

Create a FREE account to continue reading

eros

Registration is a free and easy way to support our journalism.

Join our community where you can: comment on stories; sign up to newsletters; enter competitions and access content on our app.

Your email address

Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number

You must be at least 18 years old to create an account

* Required fields

Already have an account? SIGN IN

By clicking Create Account you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use , Cookie policy and Privacy policy .

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged in

TUI Discount Code

Größte Segelyacht von Andrey Melnichenko beschlagnahmt

melnichenko yacht trieste

Sanktion gegen Russland : Italien beschlagnahmt größte Segelyacht der Welt

Hier liegt die 143 Meter lange Segelyacht A von Andrey Melnichenko noch im Hafen von Monaco.

Die Guardia die Finanza hat auf der Jagd nach Oligarchen-Vermögen am Freitagabend wieder zugeschlagen. Diesmal tauchte die italienische Finanzpolizei im Hafen von Triest auf und beschlagnahmte die Luxusyacht von Andrey Melnichenko. Das 143 Meter lange Schiff namens „A“ hat drei Masten, von denen der höchste mit 100 Metern über der Wasserlinie größer ist als Big Ben oder die amerikanische Freiheitsstatue.

Nach Angaben der italienischen Regierung hat die Yacht einen Wert von 530 Millionen Euro. Sie wurde im Rahmen der Sanktionen gegen russische Oligarchen im Zusammenhang mit dem Krieg in der Ukraine konfisziert. Schon vor einer Woche hatte Italien bekannt gegeben, Vermögen im Wert von 143 Millionen Euro aus dem Besitz russischer Oligarchen beschlagnahmt zu haben.

Der fünfzigjährige Melnichenko gilt als ein Konzernlenker, der Wladimir Putin nahesteht. Auf der jüngsten Liste des Magazins „Forbes“ liegt er unter den reichsten Milliardären auf Rang 105 mit einem geschätzten Vermögen von 11,6 Milliarden Dollar. Er ist der Eigentümer des russischen Düngemittelherstellers Eurochem sowie des Kohle-Energieunternehmens Suek (Siberian Coal Energy Company). Seine Karriere fing in der russischen Finanzbranche an, schon als Student soll er im Handel mit Devisen Geld verdient haben. Später stieg er auf die Energie- und Chemieindustrie um, in der seine Unternehmen laut „Forbes“ mehr als 100.000 Mitarbeiter beschäftigen. Seine Firmen haben in den vergangenen 15 Jahren rund 23 Milliarden Dollar investiert, berichtet das amerikanische Magazin.

Aufgefallen ist er auch durch seinen luxuriösen Lebensstil. Zu seiner Hochzeit an der Côte d’Azur im Jahr 2005 mit einer ehemaligen serbischen Popsängerin sollen Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera und Julio Iglesias gesungen haben.

Seine 12.700 Tonnen schwere Segelyacht wurde von der Nobiskrug-Werft in Deutschland gebaut. Das Innere hat der Designer Philippe Starck entworfen, es enthält eine Unterwasser-Lounge mit 4 mal 1,80 Meter großen Scheiben. Das Schiff sei die „ultimative Verkörperung einer Superyacht, kreiert und konstruiert für das 22. Jahrhundert“, heißt es auf der Webseite von Nobiskrug. Ein Hybrid-Diesel-Antrieb und ein hochmodernes Navigationssystem gehören zur Ausstattung.

Christian Schubert

Boat logo

The global authority in superyachting

  • NEWSLETTERS
  • Yachts Home
  • The Superyacht Directory
  • Yacht Reports
  • Brokerage News
  • The largest yachts in the world
  • The Register
  • Yacht Advice
  • Yacht Design
  • 12m to 24m yachts
  • Monaco Yacht Show
  • Builder Directory
  • Designer Directory
  • Interior Design Directory
  • Naval Architect Directory
  • Yachts for sale home
  • Motor yachts
  • Sailing yachts
  • Explorer yachts
  • Classic yachts
  • Sale Broker Directory
  • Charter Home
  • Yachts for Charter
  • Charter Destinations
  • Charter Broker Directory
  • Destinations Home
  • Mediterranean
  • South Pacific
  • Rest of the World
  • Boat Life Home
  • Owners' Experiences
  • Interiors Suppliers
  • Owners' Club
  • Captains' Club
  • BOAT Showcase
  • Boat Presents
  • Events Home
  • World Superyacht Awards
  • Superyacht Design Festival
  • Design and Innovation Awards
  • Young Designer of the Year Award
  • Artistry and Craft Awards
  • Explorer Yachts Summit
  • Ocean Talks
  • The Ocean Awards
  • BOAT Connect
  • Between the bays
  • Golf Invitational
  • Boat Pro Home
  • Superyacht Insight
  • Global Order Book
  • Premium Content
  • Product Features
  • Testimonials
  • Pricing Plan
  • Tenders & Equipment

Exclusive: pushing the boundaries of technology, Sailing Yacht A

Andrey Melnichenko is a man with exceptional vision. Where other yacht owners like to blend into the background, he wants his superyachts to push the boundaries of design, creativity and technology as well as make a statement. His first superyacht, Motor Yacht A , rocked the superyacht world with its radical design and now he’s done it again.

With an insatiable appetite to drive change he has put together a highly skilled team to build his new creation, currently under construction in Germany. Boat International was given exclusive access to the yacht, and we can reveal for the first time its name, Sailing Yacht A , and that this huge new project is a “sail-assisted motor yacht”.

This is the second yacht in Melnichenko’s portfolio. His first, Motor Yacht A , split opinion, but today stands as one of the most talked about and recognisable yachts in the world. But Sailing Yacht A is a much bolder move and Melnichenko has raised the stakes even higher with a radically designed yacht that introduces new technologies and techniques never before used in the shipbuilding industry. He also broke down barriers by creating his own project team to undertake the build from start to finish. Sailing Yacht A is a monument to invention.

Philippe Starck , who created Motor Yacht A , and from there went on to design Venus for the late Steve Jobs, is working once again for Andrey and Aleksandra Melnichenko on the project. “I am honoured and happy to bring to life the owner’s dream of what will be the summit of high technology and poetry,” says Starck.

Sailing Yacht A is a unique story that began as far back as 2008 when eight of the world’s leading designers were invited to submit their ideas for a huge project – the creation of one of the world’s biggest sail-assisted private yachts. Initially, French designer Jacques Garcia was chosen for his designs, but later there were concerns about the progress of design development, and the owner decided on a change of direction.

Sailing Yacht A is slated for delivery in 2016, although her masts were not stepped when Boat International was invited on board in July. The interior was also under wraps, but here we can take a look at some of her incredible statistics.

She is a three-masted, 142.81 metre (LOA) sail-assisted motor yacht, with a moulded beam at the widest point of 24.88 metres, an eight metre encapsulated keel and a gross tonnage of approximately 12,700GT. For a vessel of this size it was a challenge to find a shipyard that had the capacity, knowledge and skills to put together the naval architecture and engineering for the motor yacht side of the project. The one chosen, given its skills in building large yachts, was Nobiskrug in Germany.

For the sailing design, rig and keel, and associated structural engineering, Dykstra Naval Architects  in The Netherlands was appointed for its advanced technical abilities demonstrated on various world-class sailing yachts. Aloft Sailing Yacht A carries three of the largest and most highly loaded composite freestanding structures in the world produced by Magma Structures in the UK. The custom booms were made by Future Fibres in Valencia, and the custom sails by Doyle Sails in the USA.

With a hull and superstructure predominantly constructed of steel and incorporating composite and accents of carbon fibre, in order to keep the weight and draught to an acceptable level, Sailing Yacht A is the highest classified vessel of her type: (Maltese Cross) 100A1 Passenger ship Sail Assisted, (Maltese Cross) LMC UMC and (Maltese Cross) 100A1 Yacht Mono G6.

Propulsion comes from a customised hybrid diesel-electric package made up of two MTU 3,600kW diesel engines, and two 4,300kW electric motors, driving shafts ending in highly skewed five-bladed Andritz controllable pitch propellers. She is expected to cruise under power at 16 knots with an expected range of 5,320 nautical miles and will have a top speed of 21 knots.

With her uninterrupted shard-like appearance she carries her eight decks aft along the sheerline, which slopes up towards the stern, reaching a full beam width of 24.88 metres at the widest point. All her machinery is hidden within the hull structure, and as you can see, everything, including the windows, are flush. The bridge control centre for propulsion and sailing systems is on deck seven and there is a touch-and-go helicopter pad on deck six. There is accommodation available for up to 54 crew.

There are many more technical advances, innovations and surprises throughout her hull, decks and keel, which Boat International will reveal, in detail, in an exclusive feature in the November issue.

More about this yacht

More stories, most popular, from our partners, sponsored listings.

Più popolari

  • Ucraina Russia
  • Calciomercato
  • Cinema e Serie TV
  • EUROPEI 2024
  • Podcast daily news
  • RICETTE ESTIVE
  • Prima Pagina oggi
  • Oroscopo Fox

In evidenza

  • Pianeta 2030
  • Corriere TV
  • Sfoglia il giornale
  • Gli eventi del corriere
  • Le guide del Corriere
  • PIANETA 2030

LOGIN: TECNOLOGIA E INNOVAZIONE

  • LA SCELTA GIUSTA

7 - Il settimanale

  • Buone Notizie
  • Scienze & Ambiente
  • VIDEO - Corriere TV
  • Torte salate
  • Wine & Cocktail
  • Scuola di Cucina
  • Il Bello dell'Italia
  • Oroscopo di Paolo Fox
  • Questa è l'Europa
  • L'ultima volontà
  • Tutta colpa di Basaglia
  • Il Corriere racconta
  • Essere Grandi
  • Prime alla Scala
  • Processo all'Auto Elettrica
  • Sull'ali dorate
  • Tech Emotion
  • I divini dell'Olimpo
  • La Milanese
  • Arrampicare
  • Tienimi la mano
  • Mi fido di Lei
  • Solo è il coraggio
  • Le figlie della Repubblica
  • Mama non mama
  • Dante Italia
  • Geni invisibili
  • Dizionario Italiano
  • Sinonimi e Contrari
  • Dizionario Inglese
  • Dizionario Come si dice
  • Dizionario Latino
  • Dizionario Modi di dire
  • Dizionario Citazioni
  • Dizionario Spagnolo
  • Dizionario Francese
  • Dizionario Tedesco
  • Italians di Beppe Severgnini
  • Lettere al direttore
  • Dataroom di Milena Gabanelli
  • Il tweet del Direttore
  • Ultimo banco di Alessandro D'Avenia
  • Il caffè di Gramellini
  • Facce nuove di Paolo Lepri
  • Lo dico al Corriere
  • Padiglione Italia di Aldo Grasso
  • Finanza e Mercati
  • Fisco e Tasse
  • Borsa in tempo reale
  • Family Business
  • Economia del futuro
  • Indici Borsa
  • L'Italia genera futuro
  • L'italia che investe
  • Calcolatori
  • Professionisti
  • Pianeta2030
  • Chiedi all'Esperto
  • Domande&Guide
  • A Scuola con Corriere
  • La Scelta Giusta
  • Sanremo 2024
  • Cinema e Serie Tv
  • Sanremo 2023
  • Sanremo 2022
  • Sanremo 2021
  • Festival di Venezia
  • Sanremo 2020
  • Festival di Cannes
  • Cardiologia
  • Nutrizione & diete
  • Ricette salutari
  • Depressione
  • Figli & Genitori
  • Dermatologia
  • Reumatologia
  • Muscoli, ossa, articolazioni
  • Disabilità
  • Sportello cancro
  • Malattie Infettive
  • Il Medico risponde
  • Esami del sangue
  • Tumori webapp
  • Malattie Rare
  • Cuore webapp
  • Neuroscienze
  • Il tempo della salute
  • Calendario e risultati Serie A
  • Classifica Serie A
  • Risultati live
  • Champions League
  • Europa League
  • Coppa Italia
  • Nations League
  • Olimpiadi Invernali 2022
  • Europei 2024
  • Mondiali 2022
  • Calendario Gare Formula 1
  • Calendario Gare Moto GP
  • Classifica Piloti e Costruttori F1
  • Classifica Piloti e Costruttori
  • Nuova Mobilità
  • Mobilità Sostenibile
  • Auto d'epoca
  • Saloni ed Eventi
  • Marche Moto
  • L'Esperto Risponde
  • Blog Heavy Rider
  • Manutenzione
  • Elezioni Politiche Camera 2022
  • Presidente della Repubblica
  • Elezioni Europee 2024
  • Risultati Referendum 2022
  • Elezioni Regionali 2024
  • Elezioni Spagna 2023
  • Elezioni Comunali 2024
  • Elezioni presidenziali Francia 2022
  • Trova il tuo partito
  • Elezioni USA Midterm
  • Elezioni Politiche Senato 2022
  • Podcast "Questa è l'Europa"
  • Webreportage "Questa è l'Europa"
  • Super Tuesday
  • Elezioni USA 2020
  • Risultati USA 2020
  • Elezioni Germania 2021
  • Infografiche
  • Scuole elementari
  • Università
  • Scuole medie
  • Test orientamento/ammissione
  • Scuole superiori e licei
  • Simulazione test medicina e altri
  • Maturità
  • La parola della settimana
  • A scuola con il Corriere
  • Il tempo delle Donne 2021
  • Il tempo delle Donne 2020
  • Uomini: I segni del cambiamento
  • La felicità adesso
  • Beauty & Bellezza
  • Sfilate Donna
  • News & Business
  • Sfilate Uomo
  • Cura di cane e gatto
  • Io e Milo: storie di animali
  • Adozione di cane e gatto
  • Bonnie & Co.
  • Animal minds

Video - Corriere TV

  • Video Sport
  • Video Motori
  • Video Ricette
  • Video LOGIN:
  • Video Salute
  • Indice climatico 2023
  • Meteo Milano
  • Meteo Bologna
  • Meteo Firenze
  • Meteo Napoli
  • Meteo Torino

Il maxiyacht dell’oligarca Melnichenko è già costato all’Italia 7 milioni: battaglia al Tar

Bloccato dal marzo dello scorso anno, è al centro di uno scontro sulla proprietà. Per i legali non sarebbe del magnate. Polemica sulle spese di mantenimento. Il sindaco Dipiazza: «Spreco di denaro pubblico»

Il maxiyacht dell’oligarca Melnichenko è già costato all’Italia 7 milioni: battaglia al Tar

Da una parte il governo italiano, dall’altra una società straniera, rappresentata da due avvocati che chiedono l’anonimato e garantiscono di non sapere chi sia il loro cliente in carne e ossa: «Il referente è per noi questa società». Si è aperta così, davanti ai giudici del Tar del Lazio , la battaglia legale che ha per oggetto la barca a vela più grande del mondo, il Sailing Yacht A , bloccato a Trieste dalla Guardia di Finanza nel marzo dello scorso anno in esecuzione delle sanzioni decise dall’Unione Europea contro gli oligarchi russi . E il panfilo in questione, secondo le Fiamme Gialle, è di Andrej Melnichenko , nome che dal 9 marzo dello scorso anno fa parte della lista nera dell’Europa. Descritto come uomo della «cerchia più stretta di Vladimir Putin », Melnichenko, classe 1972, è uno dei magnati più facoltosi cresciuti all’ombra del Cremlino, con un patrimonio stimato da Forbes in 27,5 miliardi di dollari in buona parte legato al carbone e ai fertilizzanti.

Le posizioni

Il provvedimento che ha disposto il congelamento del megayacht , da mesi all’ancora nel golfo di Trieste, è stato impugnato dal sedicente proprietario del bene: «Una società che non fa parte dell’elenco di quelle listate da Bruxelles», precisano i legali che naturalmente puntano al dissequestro e al risarcimento del danno subito. «Non ci sono dubbi, il proprietario è Melnichenko», taglia corto la Guardia di Finanza, le cui ragioni sono sostenute in Tribunale dall’Avvocatura dello Stato che difende il ministero dell’Economia e delle Finanze . Va detto che il mese scorso, Alexander Byrikhin, l’uomo della comunicazione dell’oligarca, era intervenuto sulla vicenda con una precisazione: «Lo yacht ora non è di proprietà di Andrej Melnichenko; appartiene a un trust con il quale il signor Melnichenko non ha alcun rapporto», aggiungendo che non batte più bandiera dell’isola di Man ma della Sierra Leone. Precisazione alla quale aveva prontamente risposto la Finanza: « Una cosa è certa: da quando un bene è congelato la proprietà non può passare di mano, quindi se era di Melnichenko prima lo è anche adesso . Quanto alla bandiera, è possibile che sia cambiata ma questo è del tutto ininfluente». Sulla stessa linea l’Agenzia del Demanio che ha in gestione il panfilo: «Non abbiamo registrato modifiche dell’assetto proprietario».

Il mantenimento

A complicare la vicenda si è messa poi un’altra questione: i costi di mantenimento. Stiamo parlando di uno yacht unico, tre alberi, 143 metri di lunghezza, 25 di larghezza, 12.600 tonnellate di stazza. Valore approssimativo: 450 milioni di euro . Un gigante del mare ultramoderno, luccicante, blindatissimo, che ha richiesto per mesi la presenza a bordo di un equipaggio di una ventina di uomini. Naturalmente pagati dallo Stato italiano. A ciò vanno aggiunte le spese di vigilanza e di stallo e quelle sostenute per tenere in efficienza un gruppo elettrogeno particolarissimo. Insomma, a conti fatti, gli esperti hanno stimato un esborso di circa 750-800 mila euro al mese . «Questo si chiama spreco di denaro pubblico, vergogna — è insorto il sindaco di Trieste, Roberto Dipiazza —. Fino a oggi è costato allo Stato oltre 7 milioni di euro . Non li recupereremo mai perché troveranno certamente il modo di non pagarli...». Detto che il Comune c’entra ben poco con le spese sostenute per il mantenimento del panfilo, Dipiazza ne fa una questione di tasche pubbliche in generale. Se anche il governo italiano vincesse davanti al Tar la disfida della proprietà, che peraltro costituisce un importante test per tutti i ricorsi fatti dagli oligarchi in questi mesi, i legali della «misteriosa» proprietà intravedono già un possibile contenzioso su questo fronte.

La procedura prevede che, il giorno in cui il panfilo verrà riconsegnato al legittimo proprietario, quest’ultimo possa rientrarne in possesso solo dopo aver pagato le spese di manutenzione sostenute dall’Italia . «Che però potrebbero essere considerate eccessive». C’è infine un rischio, questo ventilato dai finanzieri: «Che il proprietario decida di lasciare il bene allo Stato e a quel punto potrebbe diventare una grana: chi se la va a prendere una barca del genere?». Al molo Adriaco, la considerano un mezzo mostro. Sono oramai dieci mesi che se ne sta in mezzo alla rada, grigia e impenetrabile come un agente segreto venuto dal mare. Dipiazza la trova bella: «Se c’è una cosa positiva è questa dai, non è male, di sera, al tramonto...».

14 gennaio 2023 (modifica il 14 gennaio 2023 | 08:48)

© RIPRODUZIONE RISERVATA

Partecipa alla discussione

La lettura di corriere.it è in corso su un altro dispositivo.

Ti informiamo che con il tuo piano puoi leggere Corriere.it su 1 dispositivo alla volta

desc img

Questo messaggio verrà visualizzato su un altro dispositivo/accesso e tu potrai continuare a leggere le notizie da qui. L'altro dispositivo/accesso rimarrà collegato a questo account. Puoi accedere con il tuo account su tutti i dispositivi che desideri, ma utilizzandoli in momenti diversi secondo il tuo piano di abbonamento.

Perché tu o qualcun altro sta leggendo Corriere.it con questo account su più di due dispositivi /accessi. Il tuo attuale abbonamento permette di leggere Corriere.it solo su due dispositivi in contemporanea (computer, telefono o tablet).

Se sei abbonato con un altro account accedi con le tue credenziali. Se siete in 2 o più che utilizzano lo stesso abbonamento, passa all'offerta Family e condividi l'abbonamento con altre due persone. Altrimenti, fai clic su "Continua a leggere qui" e assicurati di essere l'unica persona che visualizza Corriere.it con questo account.

Ti consigliamo di cambiare la tua password cliccando qui

Luxurylaunches -

2 years after being seized, the Russian oligarch’s $580 million megayacht which is even bigger than Jeff Bezos’ Koru left Trieste and sailed for Venice. Just so that it would not escape on the high seas the 469 feet long vessel was guarded by armed ships of the Italian forces.

melnichenko yacht trieste

You may also like

melnichenko yacht trieste

Forget buying or even renting a house. This gorgeous Italian town will actually pay you $33,000 to move in

melnichenko yacht trieste

RV Pegaso is the perfect superyacht for scientists

melnichenko yacht trieste

Thanks to American bankers and CEO’s the superyacht rental market is on fire – Forget asking for discounts the Richie Rich’s are happily paying $150,000 just to get a spot on the waiting list.

melnichenko yacht trieste

Special Valentine’s Day package beckons at Amalfi Coast’s Paradiso Relais

melnichenko yacht trieste

Roman Abramovich lost this $175 million superyacht to his billionaire buddy Eugene Shvidler in a game of poker. The 370 feet vessel has a large aquarium, two boats, and a landing craft with a Range Rover SUV.

melnichenko yacht trieste

Forget a fancy resort, but Asia’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani, booked the entire town of Portofino for his son Anant’s second pre-wedding celebration. Around 1,000 of his guests and the residents of the scenic Italian locale swayed to the voice of opera singer Andrea Bocelli.

melnichenko yacht trieste

Packing more power than 15 Bugatti Chirons – This hydrogen-powered superyacht concept is so fast that it can fly over water. Expected to launch in 2025 it is made entirely from carbon fiber the 242-long vessel has a helipad, a beach club, and a swimming pool.

melnichenko yacht trieste

Continuing their summer ritual – Beyoncé, Jay Z, and kids are soaking the European sun onboard the $200 million megayacht Faith – Longer than a football field, the vessel has a 30 feet glass bottom pool with a waterfall, a snow room, and a beach club.

melnichenko yacht trieste

The $325 million Amadea megayacht is proving to be a big headache for the United States. The vessel’s crew still remains very loyal to the sanctioned oligarch and has refused to sail from Fiji to the US with the authorities.

melnichenko yacht trieste

“World’s ugliest’ boat costs Italy too much: 7 million

  • January 19, 2023
  • No Comments

THE PERFECT GIFT!

Give or treat yourself to a subscription to the print + digital Journal of Sailing and for only 69 euros a year you get the magazine at home plus read it on your PC, smartphone and tablet. With a sea of advantages.

melnichenko yacht trieste

Trieste Mayor Roberto Dipiazza polemicizes over the sky-high expenses for maintaining the mega yacht A of Russian tycoon Andrej Melnichenko held under seizure by the Guardia di Finanza.

When it was launched in 2015, the mega yacht A had sparked a plethora of outrage from sailing purists and sea lovers. Three masts, 143 meters long, 25 meters wide, 12,600 tons in tonnage, and a height equal to an 8-story building. All white, boundless, armored. Some had gone so far as to call it a “monster,” as in a disfigurement not only to classic yacht aesthetic standards, but also to current ecological and energy emergencies, not only of sea-going people.

melnichenko yacht trieste

Today, however, that Philippe Stark-designed mega-sailing yacht is at the center of controversy less related to personal taste and more closely touching Italy. In fact, the Mega Yacht A has been lying moored in the Gulf of Trieste for 10 months put under seizure by the Guardia di Finanza in execution of sanctions decided by the European Union against Russian oligarchs after the outbreak of war between Russia and Ukraine. The boat’s owner turns out to be Russian tycoon Andrey Melnichenko, one of the richest men in the world with an estimated fortune of 27.5 billion, mainly related to coal and fertilizer.

mega yacht A

Guarding, cleaning and maintaining the giant

The problem for our country is the cost of maintaining the yacht. In fact, the Italian state must pay for the 20-man crew that looks after the boat, which under custody cannot deteriorate. You also have to do the cleaning and maintenance to all the systems that allow the mega yacht to operate and power its super generator that stays on day and night. Expenditures to date total 7 million euros. It is the mayor of Trieste, Roberto Dipiazza, who raises the issue. The first citizen argues that it costs too much to maintain this boat under impoundment, especially under the assumption that this money may not return to state coffers.

Further complicating A’s fate is the ownership of the yacht itself. In fact, in recent months Italian institutions have received a notice saying the yacht does not belong to Melnichenko, but to a trust managed by an independent trustee. It also no longer flies the flag of the Isle of Man, but of Sierra Leone. Details, however, which were not matched by either the Guardia di Finanza itself or the State Property Agency

mega yacht A

Controversial property, but decisive for blocking purposes

Italian law stipulates that in the event that the seizure does not become final and the owning company wants to get the yacht back, it would first have to pay all the maintenance fees and until it does so, based on the right of retention that any shipyard has with respect to the assets it guards, it cannot get the yacht back. The Guardia di Finanza therefore was keen to reassure the mayor of Trieste that all the money spent on the seizure of the yacht will not be lost.

In short, a stalemate in which nothing is certain. Except that Trieste’s skyline will remain broken for much longer by the shimmering silhouette of this giant of the sea.

melnichenko yacht trieste

Leave a Comment Cancel Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed .

Check out the latest issue

melnichenko yacht trieste

Are you already a subscriber?

  • Read your magazine from your pc here! >>
  • Renew your subscription >>
  • Reset your account password >>

Your boating vacation in the Adriatic and Sicily is top notch with these operators – Ep. 3

The 4 partners to take a boating vacation around the world – ep. 2, 5 charter operators with bases in campania and sardinia – ep. 1, do you need power on board try these generators, ultimi annunci.

Sign up for our Newsletter

We give you a gift

melnichenko yacht trieste

Sailing, its stories, all boats, accessories. Sign up now for our free newsletter and receive the best news selected by the Sailing Newspaper editorial staff each week. Plus we give you one month of GdV digitally on PC, Tablet, Smartphone. Enter your email below, agree to the Privacy Policy and click the “sign me up” button. You will receive a code to activate your month of GdV for free!

You may also be interested in.

melnichenko yacht trieste

Legendary Classic Boats: great 90s masterpieces (from 400K to 1.8M €)

To talk about Classic Boats in general sometimes misses the nuances and subtleties that each design phase entailed, as well as its evolutions and philosophies. We selected 300 projects of excellence, 300 models of historical value to celebrate and enhance.

melnichenko yacht trieste

Legendary Classic Boats: 5 great 90s projects (80-130K €)

melnichenko yacht trieste

Legendary Classic Boats: 5 great 80s icons (250 to 360 thousand €)

Classic Boat

Legendary Classic Boats: 6 small 80s masterpieces (30 to 50 thousand €)

Sailing newspaper.

Editor-in-Chief: Luca Oriani

TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE EDITORIAL STAFF 02 535 811111 – [email protected]

FOR ADVERTISING Senior account: Guido De Palma: tel. 02 535811208 cell. +39 347 2347433 [email protected].

Pierfrancesco Pugno: cell. +39 3496621980 [email protected]

Cookie policy Privacy policy

melnichenko yacht trieste

INFO SUBSCRIPTIONS, DIRECT SALES AND DIGITAL PRODUCTS

tel. 02 535811 111/200 [email protected]

COMMENTS

  1. Italy seizes Russian billionaire Melnichenko's Sailing Yacht A

    Italian police have seized a superyacht owned by Russian billionaire Andrey Igorevich Melnichenko, the prime minister's office said on Saturday, a few days after the businessman was placed on an...

  2. SY A

    Die SY A (Sailing Yacht A; Name während der Bauphase: White Pearl, von der Bauwerft auch als Projekt 787 bezeichnet) ist eine Segelyacht des russischen Milliardärs und Oligarchen Andrei Melnitschenko. Sie ist mit fast 143 Metern über alles die größte Segelyacht der Welt.

  3. Il veliero più grande del mondo dell'oligarca Melnichenko in rada a Trieste

    Il mega yacht A dell'oligarca russo Andrey Melnichenko, sotto sequestro dallo scorso marzo nell'ambito delle sanzioni dopo lo scoppio della guerra in Ucraina, è stato trasferito dall'arsenale...

  4. Italian authorities seize Russian oligarch's $578 million mega yacht

    Italian authorities have seized a $578 million mega yacht belonging to Russian oligarch Andrei Igorevich Melnichenko, CNN reports citing Italian police.

  5. Italy seizes £530m yacht owned by Russian businessman

    A £530 million mega yacht owned by Russian oligarch Andrey Melnichenko was seized on Friday by Italian authorities. The vessel, called "SY A", was in storage at the northeastern port of...

  6. Ukraine war: £443m superyacht owned by oligarch Andrey Melnichenko

    A Russian-owned superyacht valued at £443m has been confiscated by Italian police in the port of Trieste as part of a global crackdown on wealthy oligarchs. The Sy A yacht is owned by billionaire Andrey Melnichenko, 50, who made a fortune in fertiliser production and coal. The vessel was seized on Friday evening.

  7. Italian Police Seize Russian Oligarch Andrey Melnichenko's Superyacht

    Andrey Melnichenko's Sailing Yacht A, with an estimated value of $578 million, was impounded in dry dock at the Port of Trieste, according to a statement from the Guardia di Finanzia.

  8. Italy seizes Russian oligarch Melnichenko's Sailing Yacht A

    The 143-metre (470-foot) Sailing Yacht A, which has a price tag of 530 million euros (S$791 million), has been sequestered at the northern port of Trieste, the government said.

  9. SEGELYACHT A • Die größte Segelyacht der Welt • $600M

    Die Segelyacht A: Die größte Segelyacht der Welt. Der Sailing Yacht A (Segelyacht A), ursprünglich bekannt als Projekt 787 „White Pearl", wurde von Nobiskrug an ihren Besitzer geliefert, Andrey Melnitschenko, im Jahr 2017. Als größte Segelyacht der Welt misst sie beeindruckende 143 Meter (469 Fuß) in der Länge und eine Breite von 25 ...

  10. Italy Seizes World's Biggest Yacht in Trieste Port

    Italy's finance police have seized a super-yacht from Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko in the port of Trieste. The seizure of the 143-m vessel, called 'SY A' and valued at €530 million, is as high an eight-storey building and is the largest sailing yacht in the world, reports Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.

  11. Triest, Italien

    Das auf einen Wert von rund 530 Millionen Euro geschätzte Schiff mit dem Namen «Sailing Yacht A» liegt im Hafen von Triest an der nördlichen Adria. Besitzer soll Kohle-Milliardär Andrej...

  12. News, sport and opinion from the Guardian's US edition

    Hier sollte eine Beschreibung angezeigt werden, diese Seite lässt dies jedoch nicht zu.

  13. Italian police seize the world's largest sailing yacht, the $794

    The 143-metre Sailing Yacht A, which has a price tag of 530 million euros ($794 million), has been sequestered at the northern port of Trieste, the government said. Billionaire Andrey...

  14. Italian police seize Russian billionaire's £443million superyacht

    Italian police have seized a superyacht owned by Russian billionaire Andrey Igorevich Melnichenko, the Prime Minister's office announced. It comes days after the businessman was placed on an...

  15. Größte Segelyacht von Andrey Melnichenko beschlagnahmt

    Diesmal tauchte die italienische Finanzpolizei im Hafen von Triest auf und beschlagnahmte die Luxusyacht von Andrey Melnichenko. Das 143 Meter lange Schiff namens „A" hat drei Masten, von denen...

  16. 143m Nobiskrug superyacht Sailing Yacht A "arrested" in Trieste

    The 143 metre Nobiskrug superyacht Sailing Yacht A has been "arrested" in Trieste by local authorities following new economic sanctions by the European Union against Russia.

  17. Italian Police Freeze Russian Billionaire Andrey Melnichenko ...

    Italy's financial police boarded and froze a yacht owned by sanctioned Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko in the northeastern port of Trieste on Saturday, according to a tweet posted on...

  18. Exclusive: pushing the boundaries of technology, Sailing Yacht A

    Andrey Melnichenko, yacht owner of Sailing Yacht A and Motor Yacht A. She is a three-masted, 142.81 metre (LOA) sail-assisted motor yacht, with a moulded beam at the widest point of 24.88 metres, an eight metre encapsulated keel and a gross tonnage of approximately 12,700GT.

  19. Il maxiyacht dell'oligarca Melnichenko è già costato all'Italia 7

    Il maxiyacht dell'oligarca Melnichenko è già costato all'Italia 7 milioni: battaglia al Tar. di Andrea Pasqualetto. Bloccato dal marzo dello scorso anno, è al centro di uno scontro sulla...

  20. 2 years after being seized, the Russian oligarch's $580 million

    No, the $580 million megayacht hasn't gone back to its alleged owner, Russian oligarch Andrey Igorevich Melnichenko, but was taken for a spin owing to tumultuous weather in Trieste, per the YouTube Channel eSysman SuperYachts.

  21. Yacht A: 'world's ugliest' boat costs Italy too much: 7 million

    Trieste Mayor Roberto Dipiazza polemicizes over the sky-high expenses for maintaining the mega yacht A of Russian tycoon Andrej Melnichenko held under seizure by the Guardia di Finanza.