After causing all the controversy, Jeff Bezos’ multi-million dollar megayacht has just slipped away very quietly.
In the early hours of Tuesday morning, the epic $485 million vessel was towed from Oceanco’s shipyard in Alblasserdam where it was under construction to a port in Rotterdam, as reported by Marine Industry News. It seems like a rather disappointing end to the months-long “Bridgegate” saga.
For the uninitiated, the Amazon founder sparked outrage last February when Oceanco called for the historic Koningshaven Bridge in Rotterdam to be dismantled to allow his marine behemoth to pass. You see, the 417-footer, known as Y271, surpassed the 131-foot clearance of the 144-year-old bridge, even without its three towering 229-foot masts fully erected. The solution was to temporarily dismantle the middle part of They Hef.
Suffice it to say that the people of Rotterdam were not very happy with the idea. Thousands of residents even went so far as to pledge to support the billionaire’s schooner as a sign of protest. Following public outcry, Oceanco withdrew its request to dismantle the bridge. Lo and behold, Y271 still managed to escape.
Local yachting enthusiast Hanco Bol witnessed the yacht’s stealthy departure at 3 a.m. on August 2 and later posted a video of the three-hour trip to YouTube. Bol speculated that Oceanco opted for an alternate route (we assume one with fewer bridges) to keep the launch and transport a secret. The yacht reportedly reached an average speed of 8 knots and arrived at the port of Rotterdam at 6 a.m. According to Bol’s account, it was a quiet and quick getaway.
“We’ve never seen a transport go so fast,” reads YouTube.
Oceanco was tight-lipped on the gigayacht and did not immediately respond to Robb Reportrequest for comment. When completed, the Y271 will not only be the largest superyacht in the Netherlands to date, but it will also be the largest sailing ship in the world. It is also perhaps the most controversial.