Tuesday, 16 July 2013

MV Savarona.

Turkish police have uncovered a prostitution ring that operated aboard the Turkish state yacht Savarona. They are questioning Tevfik Ari, a New York real estate tycoon, in connection with organising the ring. The 124m (408ft) Savarona, was considered to be something of a national treasure and it was the world’s largest superyacht when she was launched by Blohm and Voss in 1931. It was owned by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, until he died in 1938. It has 16 suites, a 282ft gold staircase, cinema, Turkish baths and helicopter pad. 

The Turkish government has now cancelled the current 49-year charter contract with Turkish businessman Kahraman Sadıkoğlu. Minister of Finance Mehmet Şimşek said that clause three of the charter contract stipulates that “the contract shall be annulled in case the yacht is being used out of its intended purpose, inappropriate with the nation’s historical heritage or contrary to the traditional habits and customs”. Savarona will be turned over to the Ministry of Culture, which has announced plans to turn it into a museum.

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