How Jeff Bezos’s fight with a European country continues for the construction of a USD 500 million megayacht

Jeff Bezos’ Y721 is valued at more than $500 million. (Dutch Yachting/Handout)

Jeff BezosCEO and creator of Amazon, and one of the wealthiest men on the planet, commissioned the construction of what will be one of the largest and most spectacular luxury yachts in the world.

The Y721, name of the boat that is valued at more than 500 million dollars and that it will have a cover of 127 meters in length, is almost ready to be delivered to Bezos, although the details are still being finalized.

The yacht was built by the Oceanco company in a shipyard in the city of Alblasserdam, in the Netherlands. A great social controversy was generated around the Bezos boat when in early february the shipbuilding company asked the city of rotterdam to dismantle the koningshaven bridge to allow the passage of the mega ship through the city.

the bridge "they hef"one of the emblems of Rotterdam that Bezos requested to dismantle so that his ship can pass.  (REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw)
The “De Hef” bridge, one of the emblems of Rotterdam that Bezos requested to dismantle so that his ship can pass. (REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw)

The Koningshaven, locally known as “De Hef” (The Elevator), is a symbol of Rotterdam and is considered by its citizens as a landmark of the city. Similar in appearance to the Nicolás Avellaneda ferry in the La Boca neighborhood, the Rotterdam bridge was built in 1927 and has a free space that reaches almost 40 meters, a height that is not enough for the masts of the Y721 to pass.

The request to dismantle the “De Hef” aroused the outrage of the citizens of the city who even planned an event to throw eggs against the boat in case the beloved bridge was dismantled.

In a one-day contest, the mayor of Rotterdam, Ahmed AboutalebHe said that the decision to dismantle the bridge had not been made, and that if it went ahead, Jeff Bezos or the Oceanco company should bear the costs involved.

Jeff Bezos, the second richest man in the world according to Forbes, along with his partner Lauren Sánchez.  (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)
Jeff Bezos, the second richest man in the world according to Forbes, along with his partner Lauren Sánchez. (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)

Surely Jeff Bezos wouldn’t mind having to pay a little extra to make his luxury yacht seaworthy, according to Forbes magazine, the owner of Amazon is the second richest man in the world, with a estimated fortune of 171,000 million dollars.

“This man has made his money by structurally cutting staff, evading taxes, circumventing regulations, and now we have to tear down our beautiful national monument?” he questioned indignantly. stephan lewisa politician from Rotterdam, on his Twitter account. “Now that is going too far,” he concluded.

The good news for locals is that the company Oceanco withdrew request to dismantle Koningshaven Bridge after observing the generalized repudiation that it produced.

Instead, the company chose to move the vessel without its masts to a shipyard in the city’s port complex, from where it will sail into open waters without major inconvenience. The transport of the ship took place last Tuesday and she will no longer need to ask permission from Rotterdam to dismantle one of her local emblems.

The “De Hef” was built in the 1920s to allow the passage of railways between the island of Noordereiland and the Feijenoord district of the city of Rotterdam. Bombed in 1940 during World War II, the bridge, which is no longer useful today after a railway tunnel was opened, was one of the first structures to be restored after the war and has over the years become one of the engineering works that give the city its identity and appearance.

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