(Luxury Launches) — Superyachts are treasured possessions; until they get sanctioned and become a burden so beautiful you have little choice but to maintain it. That’s precisely the case with Russian billionaire Andrew Guryev’s $120 million superyacht Alfa Nero.
After being moored and motionless in Falmouth Harbour for over a year, Alfa Nero costs the government a hefty $112,000 monthly in maintenance. The seized 267 feet long vessel with only a captain and a skeleton crew onboard for care was also recently boarded by the Antiguan military.
For a minute there, it did feel like they would finally be free of the floating palace and its long list of expenses, which does not include fuel charges.
The Antiguan Defense Force took over the luxury vessel and expedited its sale process. There was a lot of interest expressed 279-foot Alfa Nero is not in distress but in demand! Port Manager Darwin Telemaque shared that he receives several offers for the Alfa Nero yacht as the auction draws closer. So far, more than 20 possible buyers have offered to buy the elegant Oceanco beauty.
The FBI fervently captured Alfa Nero –
Among the few superyachts that became the FBI’s target was tycoon Andrey Guryev’s Alfa Nero. Another was the spectacular Tango yacht belonging to sanctioned Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg.
Billionaire Guryev duo, both father and son, tried every trick to save their 269-foot steel and aluminum superyacht; but the FBI is not known for their misses. The Oceanco superyacht was seized in February 2022 and is since been moored in Falmouth Harbour.
Since then, it has been bleeding the nation dry. The Information Minister, Melford Nicholas, said the Alfa Nero was “abandoned” in Antigua and Barbuda by its owner. He further stated the Government’s move is only trying to deter damage to the luxurious $120 million vessel by auctioning it. Steadroy Benjamin, Minister of Justice and attorney general of Antigua and Barbuda, declared the vessel “a hazard to shipping and to the harbor where it is moored.”
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Now it’s a hazard to the Treasury Lol
WHEN I LOOK BACK AT THE HASTE AT WHICH THE AMENDMENT TO THE PORT AUTHORITY ACT WAS PUSH THROUGH PARLIAMENT, TALKING ANOUT THIS VESSEL HAS TO BE OUT OF HERE BEFORE THE MONTH ENDED….HAVE TO LAUGH
AH BRIGHT DEM BRIGHT SO
And people still can’t get paid up to today. Does this not spell dunce with capital letters? Greed is what drove this decision and to hell with Antigua. The fool is saying that all of the debts incurred will be zeroed upon the sale of the vessel. When will this be? America has no obligation to Antigua. People we got the government we deserved and I hope you who sold your souls for a morsle of tainted gold are contented.
That is what happen when you love people things. A farce you farce. Maybe they think that justifies the reason why they want to sell what doesn’t belong to them. Next time let America come for it and park it in their backyard
Add to this waste of tax payers money, the Antiguan delegation on their way to the United Kingdom for some fancy dress parade.
When Gaston returns, he better not tell Antiguans that there’s no money to equipe our hospital,
outstanding funds for workers and pensioners, and not forgetting completing or road and water infrastructure.
NO MORE EXCUSES ABOUT RISING INFLATION WHEN YOU CAN FIND THE MONEY FOR A SUPER YACHT AND TRAVELLING TO A WORTHLESS PAGEANT.
Where’s my mate @ From The Sideline? 😁
I’m not here to always criticize anyone or any government, but my goodness man! Who are advising these people, what kind of lawyers is negotiating on the government behalf? Money doesn’t grow on trees, and so is common sense. This is a fat fat yacht, and as they say ‘ ants follow what’. If you think you can just swoop in a sell a man’s prise procession just like that, you have another thing coming. This billionaire have plenty of good lawyers, so does the great Uncle Sam. Antigua has a hard fight coming, which was warned about of course by a few sensible people on this platform. Smdh .here we go again. Bwoi a tell yah!
This some grade A bullshyt
Man here working like dog and cyan get pay for months and giv holding onto this fking boat like it’s more important than the nation’s ppl.
Not sure why the behemoth was not set adrift or left for the lease holders to repossess. Now govt is saddled with a burden. What will happen is that the owner or lease holders will buy back vessel for less than it’s worth when you factor in depreciation and other costs over time. A waste of tax dollars. A fizzed dream.
Do a chuxsie. Set the thing adrift in the dead of evening. No one will miss it. It was not ours to begin with. Can’t lose there.
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