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Usmanov’s Superyacht to Languish in Hamburg After Crew Depart

  • Contracts terminated after sanctions stop wages being paid
  • 156-meter Dilbar had docked in German port for refitting
The Dilbar superyacht under cover while undergoing refitting at the Blohm & Voss dock in Hamburg, Germany, on March 4.
The Dilbar superyacht under cover while undergoing refitting at the Blohm & Voss dock in Hamburg, Germany, on March 4.Photographer: Imke Lass/Bloomberg

Alisher Usmanov’s superyacht will languish in a dock in Hamburg after its crew and captain were made redundant after European Union and U.S. sanctions made it impossible to pay their wages.

The last of the usually 80-strong staff on the Dilbar, who crewed for the sanctioned billionaire, left the 156-meter yacht Monday, according to people familiar with the matter. A slimmed-down crew, employed by Luerssen, which built the ship in 2016, will remain on the boat, they said.