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Steve Jobs' superyacht held over payment dispute

The sleek, white superyacht Apple co-founder Steve Jobs commissioned before his death cannot leave the Netherlands just yet due to a payment dispute.

The sleek, white superyacht the Apple cofounder Steve Jobs commissioned before his death cannot leave the Netherlands just yet due to a payment dispute.

Venus, which has a minimalist aesthetic, with French product designer Philippe Starck. The Dutch newspaper Het Financieele Dagblad reported on Friday that Mr Starck hired a debt collection agency and got a summary legal order to keep the boat from leaving.

Jeroen Ranzijn, the spokesman for the Port of Amsterdam, confirmed the boat has been in the harbour since December 8, and will not leave until the civil dispute is resolved.

"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," said Mr Ranzijn. He also told BBC: "The boat is brand new but there is a €3 million claim to it. The parties have to fight it out."

He said the dispute may be resolved shortly.

According to the paper, Mr Starck had only been paid €6m by Job's heirs, but believed he was owed €9m. The boat cost €105m.

* Agencies