The 81.3m (266ft) superyacht, ALFA NERO, could be sold at auction by the government of Antigua & Barbuda where it has been “abandoned” in Falmouth Harbour since February 2022. Following an official search by the port authorities to determine whether the beneficiary owner was named on the international sanction lists following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the yacht was prohibited from leaving.
After remaining in harbor for over a year, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Antigua and Barbuda, Steadroy Benjamin stated the vessel is, “a hazard to shipping and to the harbor where it is moored.”
A statement from the Office of the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda reads,
“A notice to the newspapers and other media will be published for a period of ten days, notifying the sale of the ALFA NERO vessel in order to satisfy the requirements under the law for a forced sale. If the owner fails to claim the vessel within that time period, the Government of Antigua and Barbuda will sell it to the highest bidder.”
The government maintains that the yacht crew and fuel provider have not been paid in the interim.