Jeff Bezos’ superyacht was moved from a Dutch shipyard before dawn on Tuesday, likely to avoid frustration from locals and possible incitement.
In fact, after public outcry from locals, there was no need to dismantle a historic bridge.
Watch Bezos’ yacht make its journey.
Megayacht by Jeff Bezos has quietly left the Dutch yard where it was built, without dismantling bridges and crowds of spectators.
The vessel of 417 feet, known as Y721 and estimated to cost $500 million, is under construction by shipbuilding company OceanCo at a shipyard in Alblasserdam, Netherlands. According to the German newspaper, it was towed to the Greenport wharf in Rotterdam in the early hours of Tuesday. of the mirror.
The controversy surrounding Bezos’ yacht began in February, when Oceanco requested the municipality of Rotterdam to dismantle the Koningshavenbrug to move the ship through the city. Popularly known as De Hef, the beloved bridge is considered a landmark by locals and is nearly 100 years old. When completed, the yacht would have three masts that would be too tall for the bridge’s vertical clearance, which is nearly 131 feet.
Dutch residents were outraged and an event planned to throw eggs at Bezos’ yacht if it would require the bridge to be dismantled for its passage. Within a few days, the mayor of Rotterdam Ahmed Aboutaleb made it clear that no decision had yet been taken to dismantle the bridge and said Bezos or Oceanco might have to foot the bill when it finally happened.
Earlier this month, Oceanco withdrew its request for decommissioning after the public outcry.
Hanco Bol, a local water sports enthusiast from yacht fan club Dutch Yachting, saw and recorded Tuesday’s move in a YouTube video, per Der Spiegel. He said preparations for the move started around 1am and the yacht departed at 3am.
Bol speculates that Oceanco “tried to keep the launch and transport a secret” because the ship took a route that was longer than necessary, but avoided going through the city center and past the Koningshaven Bridge.
“We’ve never seen a transport go so fast,” he wrote in the caption of his YouTube video, adding that Bezos’ yacht arrived at the Greenport shipyard three hours and 24 miles later.
On his journey Tuesday morning, Bezos’ yacht was towed without its masts, which will be installed later, Der Spiegel reports.
Watch the video of Bezos’ yacht in silent motion here:
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