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The $500million (£413m) superyacht of Jeff Bezos is set to remain stranded after the firm building it refused to dismantle a bridge to allow the Amazon founder to move his hulking vessel to the open water.
Bezos had offered to foot the bill for the middle section of the decommissioned Koningshavenbrug in the Dutch city of Rotterdam to be removed.
That would have allowed his monster 412ft sailing yacht to reach the North Sea from its shipyard.
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But now it appears his ship will be stuck in the Netherlands after the bridge plan was cancelled by manufacturer Oceanco following intense criticism.
Locals reportedly threatened to egg the superyacht if plans to remove the bridge were followed through.
History groups in Rotterdam opposed the works with thousands signing a petition promising to launch rotten eggs at Bezos' yacht if it travelled through the city towards the ocean.
Event organiser Pablo Strörmann wrote on Facebook: "“Calling all Rotterdammers take a box of rotten eggs with you, and let’s throw them en masse at Jeff’s superyacht when it sails through the Hef (the local name for the bridge) in Rotterdam."
Following on from the protests Oceanco reportedly informed city officials that it is "cancelling its current logistical plans".
According to Dutch media employees at the manufacturer "feel threatened and the company fears it will be vandalised".
It is unclear how the yacht will now be moved from its current place to the open water.
The company had said it needed the bridge to be taken apart in order to allow the vessel to sail into the North Sea.
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The bridge, which is 150 years old, was refurbished in 2017 after it was bombed by the Nazis during the Second World War. It has gained landmark status and was converted into a national monument.
Marcel Walravens, who managed the renovation project, had told Dutch media that it was “not practical” to partially finish the vessel and complete construction elsewhere.
Jeff Bezos and Amazon have been contacted for comment.
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