After causing quite a bit of controversy, Jeff Bezos’ billionaire megayacht has just made a very quiet escape.
In the early hours of Tuesday morning, the epic $485 million vessel was towed from Oceanco’s Alblasserdam shipyard, where it was being built, to a port in Rotterdam, Marine Industry News reported. It seems like a pretty anticlimactic ending to the months-long “Bridgegate” saga.
For the inexperienced, the Amazon founder sparked outrage last February when Oceanco called for the historic Koningshaven Bridge in Rotterdam to be dismantled to allow its sea giant to pass through. See, the 417-foot bridge, known as Y271, surpassed the 144-year-old bridge’s 131-foot clearance, even without its three towering 229-foot masts being fully erected. The solution was to temporarily disassemble the middle section of they hef.
Suffice it to say that the locals of Rotterdam were not very happy with the idea. Thousands of residents even pledged to lay eggs on the billionaire’s schooner in protest. Following public outcry, Oceanco withdrew its request to dismantle the bridge. Lo and behold, Y271 has still managed to escape.
Local sailing enthusiast Hanco Bol witnessed the yacht’s stealthy departure at 3am on August 2 and subsequently posted a video of the three-hour trip on 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 reached the port of Rotterdam at 6 am. According to Bol, it was a quiet and quick getaway.
“We have never seen a transport going so fast,” says the YouTube post.
Oceanco has not said anything about the gigayacht and did not immediately reply to robb reportThe request for a comment. Upon completion, Y271 will not only be the largest Dutch superyacht to date, but will also be the largest sailing yacht in the world. She could also be the most controversial.