After causing quite a bit of controversy, Jeff Bezos’ multimillion dollar mega yacht just made a very quiet escape.
In the wee hours of Tuesday morning, the epic $485 million vessel was towed away from Oceanco’s Alblasserdam shipyard where it was being built to a port in Rotterdam, as reported by Marine Industry News. It seems rather anticlimactic to the months-long ‘Bridgegate’ saga.
For inexperienced people, Amazon’s founder sparked outrage last February when Oceanco requested that the historic Koningshaven Bridge in Rotterdam be dismantled to allow its sea behemoth to pass. Look, the 417-footer, known as Y271, overran the 144-year-old 131-foot bridge, even without the three towering 229-foot masts fully erected. The solution was to temporarily disassemble the middle part of the The Hef.
Suffice it to say that the Rotterdammers were not too happy with the idea. Thousands of residents even went so far as to rob the billionaire’s schooner in protest. After the public outcry, Oceanco withdrew its request to dismantle the bridge. Look at that, Y271 still managed to escape.
Local yacht enthusiast Hanco Bol witnessed the silent departure of the yacht on August 2 at 3 a.m. and then posted a video of the three-hour journey on YouTube. Bol speculated that Oceanco chose an alternate route (we suspect one with fewer bridges) to keep the launch and transportation a secret. The yacht reportedly reached an average speed of 8 knots and arrived in the port of Rotterdam at 6 am. According to Bol it was a quiet and quick outing.
“We’ve never seen a transport go so fast,” reads the YouTube post.
Oceanco has gagged about the gigayacht and has not responded immediately Robb Report‘s request for a response. When completed, the Y271 will not only be the largest superyacht in the Netherlands to date, but also the largest sailing yacht in the world. It’s also arguably the most controversial.