A £38 million superyacht featuring an “infinite wine cellar” and patented fresh-water swimming pool has been detained in the UK as part of a “clear and stark warning to Putin and his cronies”.
Officers from the National Crime Agency (NCA)’s Combating Kleptocracy Cell made the first ever detention of a super yacht owned by a Russian national in UK waters following orders from the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.
The Phi, the third biggest yacht built by prestigious shipbuilders Royal Huisman, was boarded by UK authorities in Canary Wharf.
The ownership of the yacht was deliberately well hidden, according into the NCA.
The company the ship is registered to is based in the islands of St Kitts and Nevis and it carried Maltese flags to hide its origins.
However, following some “fast-paced work by intelligence officers in the Cell” – supported by colleagues from Border Force Maritime Intelligence Bureau – the ultimate owner of the vessel Phi was identified and the information passed onto the Transport Secretary.