A bridge in Rotterdam that has monument status will not be dismantled so that a new superyacht belonging to Jeff Bezos can reach the sea.
The company said it was blindsided by the social unrest the plans caused, and shipyard workers felt threatened as a result.
The retired railroad bridge was one of the first structures to be restored after the German's destroyed much of the city center on 14 May 1940 during the Rotterdam Blitz.
He told NL Times, "It started more as a joke among friends after we heard the news about the possible dismantling of the bridge."
"Normally it’s the other way around: If your ship doesn’t fit under a bridge, you make it smaller.
The Mayor of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutaleb, also noted the number of highly-skilled jobs such projects provide for the region.
He also said that the cost to take the bridge apart, and reassemble it, would be covered by Oceanco and its client. »