To allow Jeff Bezos’ new megayacht to pass, the Dutch will have to demolish a historic bridge. The new yacht of Jeff Bezos is massive. It won’t be able to sail out to sea unless a historic bridge in a Dutch city is demolished.
According to Dutch broadcaster Rijnmond, the 417-foot vessel is now being built in Alblasserdam, Netherlands. It will have to pass through Rotterdam once it is finished. To reach the water, Rotterdam is largely considered as Europe’s nautical capital
The megayacht’s only issue is that it has three masts. Despite its 131-foot clearance, they are too large to travel beneath the Koningshaven Bridge in Rotterdam.
The bridge, affectionately referred to as De Hef by locals, is about 100 years old. While it is no longer used as a train crossing, it has been designated as a city landmark. In 2017, it was renovated and then reassembled. According to Rijnmond, the city promised not to remove it again after that.
The city, on the other hand, is considering dismantling the bridge’s central part to allow the vessel to pass.
A representative for the city of Rotterdam, Frances van Heijst, confirmed to Insider that the city can grant the marine industry permission to take a ship to sea. The city, however, will not cover the cost of dismantling and reassembling the bridge, according to van Heijst, who spoke to the Washington Post on Wednesday.