Russian proprietor of superyacht builder Heesen included to Uk sanctions record

The Aquamarine, designed for previous Chelsea operator Roman Abramovich. Photograph: Heesen Yachts

Dutch superyacht builder Heesen Yachts has confirmed that its Russian proprietor Vagit Alekporov has been included to the UK’s record of sanctioned businessmen.

The Oss-based business claimed the transfer had no immediate implications for its company as Alkeporov is not now sanctioned by the European Union and Heesen is a Dutch-registered confined corporation.

Alekporov, the president of Russian oil firm Lukoil, succeeded Frans Heesen as just one of the ‘ultimate advantageous owners’ of the yacht builder and has commissioned numerous vessels, which includes the €100 mn Galactica, for himself. The recently-built Galactica, presently docked in Harlingen, is going through finishing perform.

Heesen has built boats for other Russian oligarchs who have considering that been sanctioned, like previous Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, who transferred possession of quite a few yachts including the Heesen-crafted Aquamarine on the working day Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine.

‘We are managed by a skilled Administration Board, with an impartial Supervisory Board which appoints the Management Board associates. Heesen only reviews instantly to its sole shareholder, Morcell Ltd,’ the organization said in a assertion.

‘Heesen’s management and workforce are saddened by the ongoing scenario in Ukraine and our ideas are with its citizens and all those people influenced. We condemn violence in every type and hope for a rapid end to the war.’

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