Russian businessman’s yacht burned hours after it was seized: photos

Insider visited the wharf where the yacht, Phi, was docked hours after the UK announced the seizure.

Phi superyacht docked in London


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The ship was brightly lit, with external blue and yellow strip lights.

Phi superyacht docked in London


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There were also little lights that looked like stars on the covered deck ceiling.

Phi superyacht docked in London


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With its bright lights, the ship was far from inconspicuous…

Phi superyacht docked in London


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…especially compared to the other much smaller boats docked nearby, which were not lit.

Phi superyacht docked in London

The superyacht Phi stood out from other ships in London’s Canary Wharf.

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Phi seemed quiet when I came to visit at 10pm on Tuesday evening. There was no one on deck and no visible security. This surprised me because some other yachts owned by Russian oligarchs have been targeted by activists protesting the invasion of Ukraine.

Phi superyacht docked in London


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Other people walked past the boat when I was there without paying attention. They may not have known that this was the first superyacht to be detained in British waters under government sanctions against Russia.

Phi superyacht docked in London


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The only other person interested in Phi was a tourist who asked if I could take a picture of him with the yacht.

Phi superyacht docked in London

The superyacht is called Phi.

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“Vessels are not required to keep lights on once moored at the dock,” Benjamin Maltby, a partner at Keystone Law who specializes in superyachts, told Insider. “The ship’s insurance may require the crew to remain on board at all times, and having the lights on makes moving around at night easier and safer.”

Phi superyacht docked in London


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