A luxurious yacht belonging to sanctioned Russian oligarch Alexey Mordashov departed Hong Kong waters on Thursday heading for the South African port of Cape City, in response to personal monitoring website MarineTraffic.
The outstanding sight of the 465 foot (141-meter) multi-deck Nord within the metropolis’s Victoria harbor in latest weeks had sparked criticism from the US State Division, which questioned the “transparency” of the monetary hub and warned of reputational dangers.
Mordashov, a billionaire near President Vladimir Putin, was amongst various Russians sanctioned by the USA and European Union – however not the United Nations – after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine for his or her hyperlinks to Putin.
Whereas various Russian superyachts have been seized or denied entry in Europe and different jurisdictions, the Nord was left undisturbed in Hong Kong after its arrival on Oct. 5.
Valued at over $500 million, it arrived through a seven-day voyage from Vladivostok in Russian Far East, down via the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea.
The Hong Kong Marine Division later confirmed that the Nord had departed Hong Kong on Thursday however mentioned it couldn’t remark additional.
The MarineTraffic website put the vessel southeast of Hong Kong waters early on Thursday night, heading into the South China Sea.
A witness noticed a gas barge alongside the vessel contained in the harbor at midday.
Hong Kong’s chief John Lee mentioned on Oct. 11 town’s authorities wouldn’t act on unilateral sanctions imposed on Mordashov by particular person jurisdictions.
“We can’t do something that has no authorized foundation,” mentioned Lee, who himself has been sanctioned by the US for his function on a crackdown on native freedoms.
Lee, who is because of host a world funding summit in November with world enterprise leaders, mentioned the Chinese language-ruled metropolis would solely abide by United Nations sanctions.