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82 Metre superyacht Basrah Breeze spotted in Iraq

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For a while we have been wondering what had happened with the former Iraqi Presidential yacht Basrah Breeze, built in 1981 in Denmark at the Helsingor Vaerft, for the late dictator Saddam Hussein.

These photos above were taken a few weeks ago, and confirm that the yacht is still sailing under the name Bashra Breeze and that she is docked in the city, after which she is named.

The yacht was originally build as Qadissiyat Saddam for the Iraqi government, but due to the political situation, the yacht was never delivered to Iraq, but instead went to Saudi Arabia where she was renamed Al Yamamah.

In 2007, the yacht showed up on the French Riviera, under the name Ocean Breeze. At that stage, she was offered for sale, but before the yacht was ever sold, the French authorities seized the vessel, pending an ownership dispute brought on by the Iraqi government.

A Cayman Islands firm, believed to be Jordanian-owned, had claimed that the yacht was given to them, but the Iraqi government claimed that the yacht was ordered by the Iraqi government and that she was still the legal property of the Iraqi people.

In 2008, the French court settled this ownership dispute, and the yacht was returned to the Iraqi government.

She was brought back to Iraq, where she appears to have been ever since. It is unknown to us what the yacht is being used for at the moment, and if she even still functions as a yacht.

If you have more information about Basrah Breeze, or recent photos, please contact us at yachts@superyachttimes.com

By Maarten Janssen