Jobs’s yacht seized in port over €3m bill as negotiations begin

A yacht built for the late Apple founder Steve Jobs was seized in the port of Amsterdam on behalf of the designer Philippe Starck over a €3m bill, a port spokesman said.

The ship, called Venus, was seized recently and Jobs’s heirs and representatives of Starck are negotiating to end the dispute, Jeroen Ranzijn, an Amsterdam-based port spokesman, said yesterday.

“The expectation is that the heirs and the Starck firm reach a settlement soon, maybe in the next few hours,” he said.

The claim is based on agreement that Starck would receive 6% of the vessel’s construction costs, which were originally estimated at €150m, Het Financieele Dagblad reported. Jobs’s heirs say the vessel only cost €105m to build, the newspaper said.

The yacht has been at the Alaska dock in the Amsterdam port since Dec 8. All aluminum and 78.2m long, the ship was launched on Oct. 28, according to the website of Feadship, the Dutch company that built it.

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