Jeff Bezos has commissioned the world’s largest sailing yacht. A whim of these characteristics, in addition to costing a fortune, has been the axis of a few headaches. Because a historic bridge had to be dismantled before the huge ship could reach the North Sea, Oceanco, the Dutch firm commissioned to build it, became involved in a dispute between the Rotterdam City Council and the city’s residents.
Following threats of vandalism, Oceanco had decided to withdraw its proposal to temporarily dismantle the Koningshaven Bridge, also known as “De Hef”. Well, it is a historical monument that, after suffering damage during the Second World War, and after its restoration, the city council had promised not to touch it again. So the question that remained was: how would Bezos’ yacht reach the sea without touching the bridge?
Oceanco launched the 127m/ 417ft three-masted schooner Y721 early this morning. The yacht left the shipyard in Alblasserdam for Rotterdam directly after her launch. Photos by @DutchYachting.
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Oceanco has made a decision and executed it in complete silence. According to Dutch Yachting, a well-known YouTube channel focused on the world of boats, before dawn and without making any kind of public announcement, Oceanco moved the yacht from its shipyard in Alblasserdam to another located in Greenport, about 28 kilometers away in less than three hours. “We have never seen such fast transport,” say those responsible for the channel in the description of the video.
Take the ship without stirring the hornet’s nest
According to Der Spiegel, and as we can see in the images, the yacht moved between one shipyard and another without the masts, three elements of more than 120 meters high each one that prevented its passage through the 40 meters of free space of the De Hef . So if she set out on her journey without the masts, why didn’t she cross the bridge? This is a difficult question to answer, although it is believed that, had they chosen that alternative, the company should have requested authorization from the town hall.
Likewise, it exposed Jeff Bezos’s yacht to pass through a central part of the city, a place where many residents had promised to throw eggs when the ship passed by. Finally, Oceanco chose to take a longer route and avoid any type of conflict and, as mentioned above, executed its entire plan at dawn, without public announcements and in record time. This part of the controversy seems to work out, but Bezos still won’t be able to use his latest whim.
The original idea was to finish the construction of the ship in the Alblasserdam shipyard, but since that was not possible, the tasks will continue in Greenport. The three masts that will make it the largest sailing yacht in the world will be installed there, although it is unknown how much longer the process will take. Consequently, a delivery date for the yacht is not known.
According to Adayacht, Jeff Bezos’ yacht, called Y721, is inspired by Oceanco’s Black Pearl. It is 127 meters long, has three deck levels, a swimming pool and a heliport. She will sail in the company of another smaller boat. She will be able to receive up to 18 passengers and will work with a crew of 40 other people. And how much will this ambitious project cost? $500 milliona fraction of the 171,000 million that make up the businessman’s fortune, according to the latest Forbes list.
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