A bridge with a unique history will be dismantled for Jeff Bezos
Everything is out of the ordinary for Jeff Bezos, going into Space, the most expensive divorce in history and now the dismantling, albeit temporary, of a historic bridge, to allow his mega-yacht to leave the port of Rotterdam.
The historic bridge was built in 1878, repaired after being bombed in 1940, during the Second World War, is too low for the ship of the American billionaire, a luxury yacht at a price of 430 million euros, according to local media.
The shipbuilder has asked the municipality of Rotterdam to temporarily dismantle the bridge so that the ship can pass underneath, removing the central section.
The mega-ship is currently being built in Alblasserdam, near Rotterdam, and will have to pass this summer under the Koningshavenbrug, which is too low for the three-masted yacht.
The city of Rotterdam has agreed to dismantle the bridge even though it had promised after a major renovation in 2017 never to dismantle the structure, known to Rotterdammers as De Hef.
The port city said it had given precedence to the economic importance and jobs created by the construction of the ship but assures that the bridge will be returned to its current form.