NETHERLANDS: The Koningshaven Bridge, known locally as ‘De Hef,’ is a landmark bridge that was heavily battered during Germany’s 1940 bombing of Rotterdam. Restored in 2017, the structure is a rijksmonument, or national heritage site, and would not be dismantled after the unveiling, according to city officials.
It appears Jeff Bezos’ $500 million sailing superyacht won’t be going very far after Dutch shipbuilding company Oceano abandoned plans to request the city of Rotterdam dismantle the landmark Koningshaven Bridge to allow passage of the 127-meter schooner and its three masts.
While it remains unclear how Bezos plans to get to the North Sea, city officials did not rule out the possibility of the shipbuilder being granted a permit in the future.
Indeed, many appeared perturbed by the possible tear-down, as events were swiftly organized in protest of the “megalomaniac billionaire,” according to one Facebook event encouraging locals to throw rotten eggs at the superyacht as it passes by the bridge.
The report concluded that the shipbuilder feared vandalism and employees of the shipbuilder felt threatened by locals.
Rotterdam politician Stephan Leewis voiced a moral objection to the request made on behalf of Bezos, tweeting earlier this year that Bezos’ request was a “bridge too far.”
“This man has earned his money by structurally cutting staff, evading taxes, avoiding regulations and now we have to tear down our beautiful national monument?” Lewis said.
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