Historic Dutch Bridge to Make Way for Superyacht Reportedly Built for Jeff Bezos
The city of Rotterdam has agreed to remove a section of historic bridge in the Netherlands to make way for a superyacht, reportedly built for Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos.
A spokesperson for the city of Rotterdam said the mid-section of the century-old "Koningshavenbrug," know by locals as "De Hef", will be removed this summer to make way for a yacht with 40-metre (131-ft) masts, but declined to comment on who owns the ship.
Rotterdam broadcaster Rijnmond reported that the yacht is owned by Jeff Bezos. Officials at yacht builder Oceanco did not respond to requests for comment. Representatives for Jeff Bezos did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The vessel, known as Y721 during construction, will measure 127 meters (139 yards), making it the largest sailing yacht in the world when it launches in 2022, according to figures published by Boat International.
To get from Oceanco's inland dock in Alblasserdam to the North Sea, the yacht must pass the old bridge, the first landmark to be restored in post-war Rotterdam.
The city said it carefully considered its duty to care for the bridge and the economic interests created by the project before "ultimately deciding to vote in favour of this request".
Undisclosed costs for the bridge operation will be covered by the ship builder, the city said.
(Reporting by Anthony Deutsch; Editing by Nick Macfie)