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Rotterdam partially dismantles the historic deck of Jeff Bezos' luxury yacht

 Rotterdam partially dismantles the historic deck of 
Jeff Bezos' luxury yacht

The 417-volt superyacht Bezos' new 417-volt superyacht is under construction in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

                     Dutch media reported that a 100-year-old agreement
was broken to delay Bezos' efforts to build a marina.                       

Rotterdam partially dismantles the historic deck of Jeff Bezos

According to the mayor of Rotterdam,

no application has been filed yet, but
Bezos will likely pay for the dismantling


Jeff Bezos' superyacht campaign sparked demolition

of a historic bridge
  Rotterdam has confirmed that a historic bridge will
be demolished so that the luxury yacht built by Amazon
founder Jeff Bezos can sail across it.

  The record-breaking luxury yacht was built by Dutch

company Oceanco and was linked to Bezos last year.

  The ship is reportedly 127 meters long and is too large to

cross the Koningshavn Bridge.

  A spokesperson for the mayor confirmed the project to sellers and Bezos is expected to pay the bill via Oceanco.

  And Dutch media reported, on Tuesday, that the central part

of the city bridge, the local de Heve, will be removed temporarily

to allow a 40-meter vessel to pass.

  The decision is controversial because the steel bridge has a long

history and is now a national monument.  It has already undergone extensive restoration and was out of service from 2014 to 2017, when authorities announced that it would no longer be demolished.

  AFP quoted the mayor as saying that the

the decision to go ahead with the project was due to the jobs that

were saved in the construction of the ship and he promised

to rebuild the bridge in its current form.

  "It is the only way to the sea," added a spokesman for

the mayor's office.

  Marcel Walravens, project manager for the municipality

of Rotterdam, agreed, stating that it would be impractical

to build the yacht elsewhere.

  Speaking to the site, Raymond sa

id the project was

"extremely important from an economic point of view" and referred to Rotterdam's reputation as "the maritime capital of Europe".

  "The marine industry and the activities of this sector are an important pillar for the municipality."  - He said.

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  The Walravens told a local newspaper that the project

will be finished in the summer and officials hope to

remove and replace some of them within weeks.

  Order details for the superyacht, built by Oceanco,

were announced last year.  The company remains silent

about its customers, but a 2021 Bloomberg biography

seems to confirm rumors that it will get one.

  According to Boat International,

the ship, known as Y721, will be the largest of its kind in the world.

  The ship will reportedly be outfitted with several luxuries

items and will include a "support yacht" with a helipad.

  Local environmental politician Stefan Lewis criticized the

move on Twitter, calling for the demolition of our "beautiful National

Monument" "just another bridge".

  Forbes estimates that the Amazon founder has a net worth

of more than $175 billion (£130 billion) and is now the third

richest man in the world.  In addition to the online commerce

giant, Bezos also owns the Washington Post and space

company Blue Origin.

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