Jeff Bezos’ $500 million luxury yacht is stuck after the Dutch company decided not to dismantle a historic bridge in Rotterdam following a public backlash and egg-throwing threats, a report said.
The billionaire Amazon founder has offered to pay for the removal of the central section of the decommissioned Koningshavenbrug so that his 412-foot brutal sailing yacht, the Y721, can reach the ocean from his shipyard.
The yacht, which is currently the second largest yacht in the world, cannot go under the “De Hef” bridge without making the modification. But manufacturer Oceanco has now scrapped the plan after it faced criticism, according to Dutch news outlets trout.
Back in February, it was announced that Oceanco had asked the city to temporarily remove the bridge, which dates back to 1878 and was last renovated in 2017.
Marcel Walravens, who directed the renovation project, told RTV it was “impractical” to partially finish the ship and complete construction elsewhere.
“If you do big work somewhere, you want all your tools in that place. Otherwise you have to go back and forth constantly. Plus, this is such a big project that there are hardly any sites where that work gets done.”
He added: “From an economic and employment preservation perspective, the municipality considers this project very important. Rotterdam has also been declared the Maritime Capital of Europe.
History groups in Rotterdam have opposed the business, with thousands of Facebook users signing a petition promising to catch a glimpse of the yacht as it travels through the city toward the open ocean.
“By inviting all Rotterdamers, take a crate of rotten eggs with you, and let’s collectively throw them into Jeff’s luxury yacht as he sails through the Hef in Rotterdam,” event organizer Pablo Struermann wrote on the social media platform.
Oceanco has now told city officials that it has reported, according to the NL Times, that Oceanco has “informed the municipality that it is canceling its existing logistical plans.”
The news organization said employees at the company “feel threatened and the company fears it may be sabotaged,” according to DutchNews.nl.
It is unclear how the yacht will now be moved from the construction site to open water.
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