The yacht that billionaire entrepreneur Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and CEO of the space company Blue Origin, commissioned from a Dutch shipyard would be so large that to allow it to go out to sea, the city of Rotterdam would have to partially dismantle its historic bridge. . Now, according to a member of the Rotterdam city council, the shipping company in charge of building the Bezos “superyacht” has given up asking for permission to have the bridge dismantled, a story that had been at the center of a series of controversies earlier this year.
The bridge in question is called Koningshavenbrug and is known to residents as De Hef. It was opened in 1927 to connect Rotterdam to Breda via the railway line and was partially rebuilt in 1940, following a bombing by the Nazis during the Second World War. It allows the passage of boats up to 40 meters high and even if it is no longer used since 1993 and is considered a city monument.
Bezos’ superyacht is under construction at a shipyard east of the city and is expected to be 127 meters long when completed. Temporarily removing the central part of the bridge would be the only way to allow him to pass.
Initially some local government officials had said that the bridge would be dismantled and that the structure would be reassembled in about a week, but later the news was denied by the mayor of the city, Ahmed Aboutaleb. The possibility of having to dismantle it, even if temporarily, had nevertheless provoked great criticism from historians and various groups of residents, who in the past had opposed its demolition on various occasions.
Now Dutch newspaper Trouw has written that the shipbuilding company in charge of building the yacht, Oceanco, was so impressed by the protests that they decided to change their minds. According to documents seen by Trouw, the shipyard employees felt threatened and feared that the yacht could be damaged by vandals.
At the moment it is not clear if Oceanco will complete the works to finish the Bezos superyacht, and it is not even known if and how the large boat will be able to leave the yard. The company has not officially commented and has not responded to two requests for clarification from the New York Times. According to rumors quoted by the Dutch News site, the yacht could be transported to another shipyard for the latest work.
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