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58m arrested superyacht Phi loses detention appeal in UK

4 March 2024 • by Dea Jusufi

The UK Court of Appeal has dismissed the appeal challenging the detention of 58.5-metre Royal Huisman Phi, which was arrested in 2022 on the basis of recently-introduced sanction law following Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The appeal was based on the fact the yacht's owner, a Russian national, has never appeared on any sanctions list.

The recent ruling held that the superyacht had not been detained for an improper purpose considering the owner's residency in Russia and "economic activities", agreeing with the Respondent's claim that "directly or indirectly, a [Russian of significant wealth] is likely to have benefitted from the Russian regime."

The ruling read: "It is rational to consider that [the owner] is the sort of individual on whom sanctions could effect the 'broad and deep impact' which Parliament intended." 

However, it also agreed with elements of the appeal, noting that it was incorrect for then-Transport Secretary Grant Shapps to claim that the owner was "connected with Putin".

Representatives of the superyacht filed the appeal in August 2023, arguing that the ruling in July 2023 upholding the detention was unlawful. BOAT International has reported extensively on the case over the years

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Royal Huisman   58.5 m •  2021