After provoking quite a controversy, Jeff Bezos’ multi-millionth megayct was just a very quiet escape.
On Tuesday morning, an epic $ 485 million vessel was towed from Oceanco Alblasserdam, where it was being built, to the port of Rotterdam, Marine Industry News reported. It seems more like the anti-climatic ending of the months-long Bridgegate saga.
For strangers, the Amazon founder sparked outrage last February when Oceanco asked for the demolition of Rotterdam’s historic Koningshaven Bridge to allow its sea monster to pass. You see, the 417-meter high, known as the Y271, crossed the 131-meter ground clearance of the 144-year-old bridge, even without the three 229-meter tall masts fully erected. The solution was to temporarily dismantle the middle section They are Hef.
Suffice it to say that the people of Rotterdam were not too happy with the idea. Thousands of residents have even pledged to lay an egg for a billionaire schooner as part of a protest. After public outcry, Oceanco withdrew its request to demolish the bridge. Y271 still managed to escape.
Local sailing enthusiast Hanco Bol witnessed the yacht sail away stealthily at 3am on August 2, and then posted a video of the three-hour journey on YouTube. Bol speculated that Oceanco chose an alternative route (we’re guessing with fewer bridges) to keep launch and transport a secret. The yacht reportedly achieved an average speed of 8 knots and reached the port of Rotterdam at 6am. According to Bol, it was a quiet and quick escape.
“We have never seen a transport go so fast,” reads a YouTube post.
Oceanco was silent about the gigayacht and did not reply immediately Robb’s reportrequest for comment. Once completed, the Y271 will not only be the largest Dutch superyacht to date, but also the largest sailing yacht in the world. It may also be the most controversial.