Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos’ $500m hyperyacht and world’s tallest ship Koru goes through final sea trials off Spain | The SunApril 18, 2023
JEFF Bezos’ $500million hyperyacht has gone through its final sea trials in Spain – with the world’s tallest ship expected to be ready for summer.
The 230ft tall vessel was anchored in the bay of Palma de Mallorca last week after it underwent final tweaks before it is sent to the billionaire.
The luxury vessel, called Koru, was pictured charging through the Balearic Sea after five years of construction.
Its 417ft long frame glided through the open water as its glam paint job glistened in the Mediterranean sun.
A Dutch flag pitched off the stern of the ship flailed in the wind as the major boatbuilding project is set to wrap up.
In February, Koru departed from a shipyard in the Netherlands as it made its maiden voyage in the North Sea.
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However, the boat's latest excursion is part of a bunch of sea trials to make sure the grandiose ship is ready for the Amazon owner, it was reported.
According to Bloomberg, Koru was put through its paces to make sure everything was working properly and will most likely return to the Netherlands for final tweaks before being delivered.
The three-masted superyacht is estimated to have cost Bezos more than $500million.
The 59-year-old is the world’s third-richest person with a fortune of more than $126billion.
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Previously known as Y721, the new yacht now goes by the name of Koru, meaning "new beginnings" in Maori.
The Amazon founder commissioned the construction of the boat in 2018.
Dutch shipyard, Oceanco, was awarded the multi-million dollar contract to build it.
The boat builders have more than 30 years of experience in large custom yachts.
The superyacht’s size along with its massive triple masts have caused a number of headaches for Bezos and its builders.
The luxury boat is so big that the historic Koningshaven bridge at Rotterdam harbour was planned to be dismantled to get it out.
Despite it goliath appearance, Koru is modern day architectural masterpiece.
It has three decks including one with a swimming pool.
It has a helicopter landing pad for Bezos and his celebrity guests and it will also house a a smaller 250ft support vessel.
The interiors are reported to be inspired by Eos, which is a 305ft yacht that belongs to his close friend, Barry Diller, who is the founder and former CEO of Fox.
Koru will join a fleet of superyachts, helicopters and planes already owned by the American entrepreneur and his millionaire girlfriend, Lauren Sanchez.
Its upkeep will reportedly cost about $25 million annually with the supreme vessel set to be delivered to Bezos within the next couple of months.
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The long-awaited delivery of the ship comes as the billionaire prepares to sell American daily newspaper, the Washington Post.
He has also pledged to give most of his $124billion net worth away to charity.
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