It looks like Lurssen is left in the lurch as two of the three biggest superyachts that have been seized in recent weeks were built by the German yacht maker. Lurssen is looking into its clients because it needs to answer to authorities, Bloomberg reported. The company whose client list, in all probability, includes several Russian names is now looking into who its customers are by sending out questionnaires. The geopolitical situation airing between Russia and Ukraine is not only affecting the superyachts and their owners but even the acclaimed yacht maker who needs to now provide answers to authorities.
As shared by Business Insider, Lurssen wrote in its letter to its clients, “The conflict has also had the effect of increasing scrutiny into the ownership of large yachts,” and the questionnaires inquire into the ownership of yachts under construction at Lurssen’s sites. Bloomberg also threw light on how Monaco-based Imperial Yachts terminated its Russian website, while the London-headquartered Burgess Yachts took down photos of yachts with Russian owners. “Activities that we might normally undertake, such as planning the trips that owners and others using the yachts would wish to make, are on hold for those yachts,” an Imperial spokesperson told the outlet.
Among the superyachts seized was Sergei Chemezov’s 278-footer Valerie, which carries a limo and a landing craft and a wellness deck with a Technogym equipment-equipped workout area, beauty treatment rooms, a Hammam, and a steam room. With art deco-styled bas-relief artworks, a ceremonious Schimmel Pegasus Piano designed by Luigi Colani, the superyacht worth $150 million was seized at Barcelona.
Similarly, Lurssen built the $600 million Crescent, one of the most coveted mega-yachts. The superyacht flaunted a gorgeous glass-bottomed pool and was seized at Tarragona, Spain.