Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Jeff Bezos’ Mega-yacht is so big, the Dutch will have to take apart a historic bridge to let it pass

Jeff Bezos’ new yacht is so big, it won’t make it out to sea unless a Dutch city removes part of a historic bridge.

Dutch broadcaster Rijnmond reported Tuesday that the 417-foot vessel is currently being built in the city of Alblasserdam, Netherlands. Once finished, it will need to pass through Rotterdam, largely considered the maritime capital of Europe, in order to reach the ocean — and, presumably, Bezos. 

There’s only one problem: The megayacht has three masts, and the masts are too tall to pass underneath the Koningshaven Bridge in Rotterdam, despite its clearance of over 131 feet.

The 100-year-old bridge has become something of a monument in the city but now the city is reportedly planning to remove the center portion of the bridge to allow the vessel to pass through. Read more »