Megayacht abandoned on a beach in Motril by its owner

Megayacht abandoned on the beach of Motril. picture: [email protected]

An abandoned megayacht on Carchuna Beach in Motril belonged to Saudi businessman Sheikh Ashmawi

A megayacht that ran aground last Wednesday, February 9, on the shore of Carchuna beach, in the Granada municipality of Motril, appears to have been abandoned. Its owner seems to have chosen to disappear and leave the ship to its fate.

The magnificent yacht Neeveen was originally owned by Mohamed Ashmawi, the Saudi businessman, one of the great Arab sheikhs who chose Marbella as one of his favorite residences in 1981. Ashmawi named the boat after her daughter, and it was moored for many years in the exclusive Puerto Banus Marina in Marbella town.

At one time, the Neeveen was the epicenter of jet set parties in Marbella, attended by some of the most famous people in the world. The sheikh died in May 2019, but he surely never expected his luxury ship to end up abandoned on a beach in Granada.

A Frenchman bought the boat last October in Puerto Banus, for around €400,000. The crew were said to have taken the yacht on a test trip to Aguadulce when an engine room failure sent them swerving to shore. After suffering damage, it ran aground on the beach, its crew being “trapped” for five hours.

They were eventually freed after efforts by firefighters and members of the Maritime Rescue Service, National Police and Guardia Civil Maritime. The owner of the boat had 24 hours to prepare a salvage plan and, at his request, the company Marina Motril began to prepare it.

However, when the captaincy came to his hotel to inform him that he was losing the rights to the ship for not presenting the plan, he was gone. Salvamento Maritimo, with a team from Cartagena, began last Friday 11 to decontaminate the ship and extract its fuel to avoid environmental risks.

The Neeveen will then be brought back to the port of Motril, where, depending on its condition, will be auctioned or even sent for scrapping, as reported


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