THIS is when Jeff Bezos’ £400million superyacht is moved in the middle of the night after the CEO called for a historic bridge to be dismantled.
Billionaire Bezos saw his unfinished ship being towed from a Dutch shipyard before dawn on Tuesday in the face of public outcry.
It comes after Rotterdammers threatened to pelt the luxury ship with eggs if the city went ahead with plans to dismantle a monumental bridge to make way for the ship.
The huge three-masted Y721 was stuck and unable to pass under the famous Koningshaven Bridge, known locally as De Hef, because the masts were too high.
The historic monument was rebuilt after being bombed by the Nazis during World War II and would have to temporarily lose its central section to fit the luxury yacht underneath.
And the Amazon founder’s monster ship has now been moved from the Oceanco wharf in Alblasserdam to the Greenport wharf just 24 miles away in Rotterdam, Der Spiegel said.
Oceanco announced last month that it had dropped its request to the Rotterdam city council to grant approval for the temporary dismantling of the bridge.
Bezos – the world’s second richest man – had previously offered to prop the money for work alongside the shipping company.
Officials previously said De Hef would not be dismantled again after it was renovated from 2014 to 2017.
A video of the towing was uploaded to YouTube by Dutch yacht enthusiast Hanco Bol.
Bol: “We have never seen a transport go so fast.”
According to Bol, the ship took less than three hours to sail along the North Canal in a south-westerly direction, while it normally takes almost twice as long to complete the route.
Bol claims the yacht’s route was designed to avoid passing through central Rotterdam and under the Koningshaven Bridge, although it would have saved more time.
Billionaire Bezos was forced to deny ownership of a second $400 million superyacht in 2019.
An Amazon spokesperson told Business Insider that the Flying UKTN was not owned by the businessman.