Jeff Bezos’ new $500 million, 417-foot superyacht — the world’s second largest — may not hit the high seas after plans to DISMANTLING the historic Dutch bridge so it can reach the ocean are halted amid public outcry
- Plans to dismantle a historic Dutch bridge to make way for Jeff Bezos’ superyacht have been shelved
- $500 million 417-foot ocean liner will be the world’s largest sailing yacht when completed this year
- However, in order for the yacht to reach the ocean, the historic Koningshaven Bridge in Rotterdam must be dismantled
- Plans to dismantle the bridge have been temporarily halted after outcry from locals calling for rotten eggs to be thrown at the yacht
The nearly $500 million dollar 417-foot yacht will be the largest sailing yacht in the world when completed in the Netherlands this year
Oceanco, the company in Alblasserdam, the Netherlands, that builds Bezos’ behemoth, said in a statement that it would temporarily halt logistical plans to dismantle the iconic Koningshaven Bridge in Rotterdam, Netherlands – known as De Hef – to allow Bezos’ nearly $ 500 million ship, Y721, to go out to sea, Wedding News said, according to EN Times.
Oceanco received reports of outraged local residents – resulting in the decision.
One of the builders of Bezos’ yacht said the fear of vandalism lingered as some residents were angry over the possible dismantling of the bridge built over the Nieuwe Maas in 1927 and renovated in 2017.
De Hef was first built above the Nieuwe Maas in 1927 and has been a huge feature in the history of Rotterdam
The Amazon CEO, 58, is pictured with his girlfriend of three, 52, Lauren Sanchez
Bezos’ superyacht was originally intended to be moved to sea by dismantling the bridge reports in February 2022.
In February, news came out about potential plans for the bridge, prompting more than 3,900 people to be “interested” in a Facebook event calling on Rotterdammers to throw rotten eggs at Bezos’ new yacht.
The event was organized by Pablo Strörmann and reads: ‘Bring a box of (rotten) eggs and let’s throw it en masse at Jeff’s superyacht as it sails through De Hef in Rotterdam.
‘Rotterdam was built from the rubble by Rotterdammers, and we don’t just take that apart for the phallus symbol of a megalomaniac billionaire. Not without a fight!’
It is unclear if the event went ahead and how many people were there.
The ship will be built at the Oceanco shipyard in Alblasserdam. It’s unclear how the 417ft yacht will reach the sea when it’s ready this year
Reports that the city had already agreed to dismantle the historic bridge sparked anger in the city, with a Facebook group urging people to pelt the yacht with rotten eggs.
The 417ft (127 meter) sailing yacht has three massive masts and three decks.
The ship is currently being built at the Oceanco shipyard in Alblasserdam in the west of the Netherlands.
“Oceanco yachts tell the distinctive stories of their owners, who come to us with visions beyond the yachts that already exist. Sometimes even beyond our ideas of what a superyacht could be,” the company’s website reads.
In general, new ships can pass the iconic bridge with a vertical clearance of 130 ft before their masts are mounted. However, Bezos’ yacht is higher than the bridge and builders advise that it is not wise to set sail with the ship partially completed.
“Our customers come to us because they don’t want another iteration of a blueprint, they want a yacht that is theirs and theirs alone,” Oceanco boasts.
“We embrace collaboration, partnership and openness while checking our ego at the door.”
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