Jeff Bezos’ unfinished mega yacht was towed away from a Dutch shipbuilding yard earlier than daybreak Tuesday simply weeks after the town of Rotterdam bowed to intense public stress and refused to dismantle a landmark bridge to make means for the $500 million luxurious vessel.
The 417-foot lengthy, three-masted yacht, which works by the title Y721, was relocated from the Oceanco shipyard in Alblasserdam to the Greenport yard simply 24 miles away in Rotterdam, in keeping with the German-language daily Der Spiegel.
Video of the towing was posted to YouTube by Dutch yacht fanatic Hanco Bol.
“We never saw a transport going that fast,” Bol writes of what he witnessed. It took lower than three hours for the ship to journey southwest alongside the Noord canal despite the fact that it usually requires almost twice as a lot time to traverse the route, in keeping with Bol.
He speculates that Oceanco, the company that was commissioned to build the yacht, selected the timing of the transfer so as to preserve it beneath wraps given the appreciable publicity it has generated.
Rotterdammers who have been livid about plans to dismantle “De Hef” bridge, also referred to as Koningshaven, had threatened to pelt the yacht with eggs if it made the journey.
Bol writes that the yacht’s route was designed to keep away from touring by way of the Rotterdam metropolis middle and beneath “De Hef” — despite the fact that it could have saved extra time.
Oceanco final month introduced that it had dropped its request for the Rotterdam metropolis council to approve the momentary dismantling of the bridge.
The company had indicated that Bezos, the Amazon founder and second-richest particular person on the planet, was prepared to foot the invoice for the elimination of the center part of the span in order that the yacht would be capable to sail by way of the Nieuwe Mass River.
Bol speculates that Oceanco deliberately prevented towing the unfinished yacht beneath “De Hef.”
“I think that was intentional,” he instructed Der Spiegel.
“When I was standing on one of the bridges, they shined a searchlight on me, so it wasn’t easy for me to take pictures.”
According to Dutch media reviews, it’ll take a number of extra months for the ship to be accomplished.
The Post has reached out to Amazon and Oceanco looking for remark.