Jeff Bezos’s Megayachto The Dutch shipyard quietly left where it was built, without breaking a bridge and crowds of onlookers.
417 foot ship, known as Y721 and estimated to cost $500 million, is being constructed by shipbuilding company Oceanco at a shipyard in Alblaserdam, Netherlands. According to the German magazine, it was taken to Rotterdam’s Greenport shipyard in the early hours of Tuesday morning. der spiegel,
The controversy over Bezos’ yacht began in February, when Oceanco City of Rotterdam requested to demolish Koningshaven Bridge To allow the ship to pass through the city. The beloved bridge, colloquially known as De Hef, is considered a landmark by the locals. Nearly 100 years old. When completed, the yacht’s three masts will be too high for bridge clearance, which is approximately 131 feet.
Dutch residents were outraged and Planned an event to throw eggs in Bezos’s yacht If the bridge needs to be broken for its passage. Within days, Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Abaleb said that no decision had been taken to demolish the bridge and That Bezos or Oceanco Might Have to Pay the Bill If it happened
Earlier this month, Oceanco Withdrew your request for resolution After public outcry.
Der Spiegel reported that Hanko Boll, a local yachting enthusiast from yacht fan club Dutch Yachting, watched and recorded a video of Tuesday’s transfer, which he posted to YouTube. He said preparations for the move began around 1 a.m. and the ferry departed at 3 p.m.
Boll speculates that Oceanko “tried to keep launch and transport under wraps” because the ship took a route that was longer than necessary but avoided passing through the city center and past Koningshaven Bridge.
“We’ve never seen transport so fast,” he wrote in the caption of his YouTube video, “Bezos’s yacht arrived at Greenport Shipyard three hours and 24 miles later.”
On its voyage on Tuesday morning, Bezos’ yacht was taken without its masts, which will be installed later, Der Spiegel reported.
Watch the video of Bezos’s yacht moving shipyard here: