Zarrab's superyacht disappears off radar
A super yacht owned by Turkish-Iranian businessman Reza Zarrab has gone incognito.
The 46-metre "60 Years", named by Zarrab to reflect his commitment to Turkish popstar wife Ebru Gündeş, was last detected by marine-tracking software in August last year, moored off the resort town of Bodrum, a summertime getaway frequented by Turkey's rich and famous.
The apparent disappearance of the $7 million, Maltese-flagged ketch matches the current status of its owner. Zarrab, 34, in U.S. custody on charges of evading sanctions on Iran, has not been seen in public since September, raising speculation he has turned state's witness. He was arrested in March last year as he arrived in Miami for a family holiday to Disneyland.
The steel boat, which featured at the Monaco Yacht Show shortly after it was launched in 2012, has five luxury cabins, including a spacious master cabin, a deck jakuzzi and storage space for a jet ski and three-wheeled motorcycle. It is powered by twin Volve D16 engines.
The craft is advertised for possible charter by Charterworld, which rents out the world's superyachts. The boat is currently unavailable, though an offer to purchase could be relayed to its owner, the company said in an e-mailed response to questions.
"60 Years" entered service a year before Turkish police arrested Zarrab and several high-level officials on suspicion of selling billions of dollars of gold to Iran in return for oil and gas.The probe, evidence of which was presented as an exhibit by prosecutors in the U.S. investigation, was later quashed by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who labelled the sting as a coup attempt.