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Bezos’ new yacht arrives in Mallorca

Palma, Spain, Apr 13 (EFE).- The world’s tallest sailing yacht, commissioned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, was seen Thursday in the waters off the Spanish island of Mallorca.

The Koru, which cost the billionaire nearly $500 million, set off from Gibraltar a week ago on its maiden voyage.

Measuring 127 m (416 ft) from stem to stern and with three masts standing more than 70 m (230 ft) tall, the same height as the Great Pyramid of Giza.

The vessel, built in the Netherlands by Oceanco, has a swimming pool and numerous other amenities. But because of the height of the masts, the Koru cannot accommodate a helipad, so the world’s third-richest person commissioned a second yacht for that purpose, the Wingman.

The annual cost of maintenance for the super yacht is estimated at $25 million and it requires a crew of 60.

The Koru operates under the flag of the Cayman Islands.

In February 2022, Oceanco asked authorities in the port city of Rotterdam to partially dismantle a historic bridge to make way for the Koru’s journey into open water, but the request spurred protests and the city ultimately refused, forcing the shipmaker to tow the vessel through the harbor with the masts. EFE bal/dr

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