Jeff Bezos’s unfinished mega yacht was towed away from a Dutch shipbuilding yard before dawn on Tuesday, with Rotterdam residents threatening to toss the luxury ship with eggs if the city makes way for a $500 million ship. Went with a plan to break down a historic bridge. ,
The 417-foot-long, three-masted yacht, known as the Y721, was transferred from the Oceanco shipyard in Alblaserdam to the Greenport yard in Rotterdam, just 24 miles away. The German language daily Der Spiegel.
towing video was posted on youtube by Dutch yacht enthusiast Hanko Boll.
Of what he saw, Bol writes, “We’ve never seen a transport move so fast.” According to Boll, it took less than three hours for the ship to travel southwest along the Noord Canal, although it takes almost twice as long to cross the route as usual.
He speculates that Oceanco, the company that was commissioned to build the yacht, chose to time the move so as to keep it under wraps because it has received a lot of publicity.
The Rotterdamers who were furious about the plan to destroy the “de Hef” bridge, also known as Koningshaven, threatened that the yacht would be thrown with an egg if it tripped.
Boll writes that the ferry’s route was designed to avoid traveling down Rotterdam city center and “de Hef” – even though it would have saved more time.
Oceanco announced last month that it had dropped its request for Rotterdam City Council to approve the temporary dismantling of the bridge.
The company had indicated that Bezos, the founder of Amazon and the world’s second-richest man, was prepared to draft a bill to remove the central part of Spain, so that yachts could sail through the Nieuwe Maas River.
Boll speculates that Oceanko deliberately avoided towing the unfinished yacht under “De Hef”.
“I think that was intentional,” he told Der Spiegel.
“When I was standing on a bridge, they flashed a searchlight on me, so it wasn’t easy for me to take pictures.”
According to Dutch media reports, it will take several more months for the ship to be completed.
The post has reached out to Amazon and OceanCo seeking comment.