Steve Jobs’ yacht was impounded in Amsterdam due to a battle over an unpaid bill. The Apple leader commissioned the $130 million yacht, but was not able to ever step on board before his death. Yacht designer Philippe Starck was reportedly supposed to garner approximately $12 million for his work on the yacht, but has received just two-thirds of his total fee.
Dutch officials seized the Steve Jobs yacht pending a resolution of payment matters, MSN reports. If the agree upon amount is not forthcoming, the yacht belonging to the Apple co-founder could reportedly be repossessed and sold. The yacht, called Venus, will not be sailing the open seas by anyone until all of the legal wrangling concludes.
Roelant Klaassen, an attorney representing Starck’s company, Ubik, had this to say about the yacht seizure:
“The project has been going since 2007 and there had been a lot of detailed talk between Jobs and Starck. These guys trusted each other, so there wasn’t a very detailed contract.”
Venus is a 256-foot all-aluminum yacht with a “minimalist aesthetic,” according to NBC 12 News. Jeroen Ranzijn, a spokesman for the Port of Amsterdam noted that the yacht commissioned by Steve Jobs has been docked in the harbor since December 8. Jeroen had this to say about the civil case concerning Venus:
“It was actually ready to continue its voyage when there was a dispute between two parties, including the heirs, and one party laid a claim on the boat.”
The attorney representing Steve Jobs’ estate could not be reached for a comment on the payment dispute over the vessel, The Guardian reports.