The highest in the world. Jeff Bezos’ new superyacht leaves the shipyard
The yacht will be delivered to the new owner in the next two months.
After five years of building billionaire Jeff Bezos’ superyacht, the $500 million vessel is on its maiden voyage. It will be delivered to the owner within two months, according to the Daily Mail.
The yacht, which the Amazon founder ordered back in 2018, claims to be the tallest in the world as it measures 127 meters long and has 70 meters of triple masts. Formerly known as the Y721 or Project 721, the yacht is now named Koru, which means “new beginnings” in the Maori language.
The vessel was built by the Dutch shipyard Oceanco, which has been specializing in the creation of non-standard large yachts up to 160 meters for 30 years. The famous Black Pearl, one of the tallest and most innovative yachts, has also been built here.
Even before the completion of construction, Bezos’ yacht was at the center of a huge scandal. The ship turned out to be so high that it could not resist under the 95-year-old Koningshaven bridge. Bezos asked the authorities in Rotterdam to dismantle the bridge and then promised to pay for its restoration, but this request was denied, despite the generous payment offered. Residents of the city then promised to cook eggs, which they threatened to throw at the yacht if it passed through the bridge.
Failing, Bezos adjusted his expectations and the sails on the yacht to fit under the bridge. Oceanco discreetly towed the huge yacht to another shipyard, where her masts were added.
Superyacht Koru has three huge masts, thanks to which it is driven by the kinetic energy of the sails. This extremely advanced and environmentally friendly technology means sails can be handled by one person rather than a whole crew.
The vessel is black with a white superstructure. The aluminum and steel schooner has three decks, including one with a swimming pool. The yacht will be accompanied by a 76-meter support vessel with a helipad. This small yacht is expected to be a fleet of vehicles, including luxury cars, jet skis, speedboats and perhaps even a personal submarine. The support vessel is currently being built at the Damen Yachting shipyard, also located in the Netherlands.