Jeff Bezos’ megayacht was quietly towed from a Dutch shipyard after the company that built it dropped a request to dismantle a historic bridge to let it pass – watch the video
Bezos’ yacht was moved from a Dutch shipyard before dawn on Tuesday, likely to avoid local attention.
After public outcry from residents, it did not involve the dismantling of a historic bridge.
Watch Bezos’ yacht make its journey.
Jeff Bezos’ megayacht has quietly left the Dutch shipyard where it was built, with no deck dismantling and crowds of onlookers.
The 417-foot vessel, known as Y721 and estimated to cost $500 million, is being built by shipbuilding company Oceanco at a shipyard in Alblasserdam, the Netherlands. It was towed to the Greenport shipyard in Rotterdam in the early hours of Tuesday morning, according to German magazine Der Spiegel.
The controversy surrounding Bezos’ yacht began in February, when Oceanco asked the city of Rotterdam to dismantle the Koningshaven Bridge to allow the ship to cross the city. Known colloquially as De Hef, the beloved bridge is considered a landmark by locals. It is almost 100 years old. When completed, the yacht will have three masts that are too high for deck clearance, which is approximately 131 feet.
Dutch residents were outraged and planned an event to throw eggs at Bezos’ yacht if the bridge needed to be dismantled for his passage. Within days, Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb said no decision had been made to dismantle the bridge and that Bezos or Oceanco might have to foot the bill if that happened.
Earlier this month, Oceanco withdrew its rollback request after public outcry.
Hanco Bol, a local yachting enthusiast from the Dutch Yachting yacht fan club, saw and recorded a video of Tuesday’s relocation, which he posted on YouTube, Der Spiegel reported. He said preparations for the move started around 1 a.m. and the yacht left at 3 a.m.
Bol speculated that Oceanco “tried to keep the launch and transport a secret” because the ship took a longer route than necessary but avoided crossing the city center and passing the Koningshaven Bridge.
“We have 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.
During its voyage on Tuesday morning, Bezos’ yacht was towed without its masts, which will be installed later, Der Spiegel reported.
Watch the video of Bezos shipyards in motion here:
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