Enormous superyacht squeezes under Dutch bridges

(CNN) — It is not often that an 80-meter superyacht squeezes under a bridge with only a few inches clearance.

It is no surprise that Heesen’s massive vessel weaving through the Dutch canals attracted large crowds.

Galactica’s maiden voyage was captured by a photographer earlier this month.

Superyacht Galactica was transported from Oss, southern Netherlands to the North Sea by the Heesen Shipyard.


A series of amazing images shows the superyacht being transported carefully from Oss, in southern Netherlands, to Harlingen, North Sea port. It will then undergo sea trials and outfitting.

The operation took approximately four to five days and saw the vessel pulled by tugboats and pulled through narrow locks and under six bridges.

Timing is vital. Heesen was required to wait for a “calm, clear day” before attempting to maneuver the vessel through Macharen’s narrow lock. There were only 15 centimeters clearance between each side.

‘Standard procedure’

The vessel squeezes under a low bridge as it is pushed and pulled along canals and rivers.

The vessel is squeezed under a low bridge while it is being pulled along canals or rivers.


Another time, the water level was too high for Galactica’s passage under the bridge. The crew had to wait for the water to drop to the right level to let it pass under the bridge.

Heesen spokesperson said that “This is the norm for luxury yachts of such size when dealing with in-land cruising.” “Waiting to see the tide drop is business as usual.

According to Heesen, such a complex and critical operation requires at most three to four months’ preparation and various permits and certificates required in advance.

The shipyard boasts more than 40 years experience when it comes to operating its vessels from Oss and the North Sea.

Such journeys require around three to four months preparation in order to ensure everything goes smoothly.

These journeys need around three to four months of preparation to ensure that everything runs smoothly.

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In fact, the shipyard’s location has helped shape many of their innovative yachts. Designers must be aware that all vessels built here will need transportation in the same way.

Arthur Brouwer, CEO of Heesen, stated that “Building large and complicated superyachts was exciting from both an engineering perspective and a construction perspective.”

“We are extremely fortunate to have the top naval engineers, architects, and craftsmen to build our yachts.”

Galactica is equipped with a beach club and a helideck that can transform into a cinema. It reached Harlingen on January 12, and will soon begin sea trials.

All-aluminum yacht

The 80-meter superyacht is due to delivered in April after undergoing sea trials and outfitting.

After undergoing sea trials, the superyacht of 80 meters is scheduled to be delivered in April.

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It’s being described as the longest and fastest all aluminum yacht in the world. It will be delivered in April. Heesen is also scheduled to deliver Project Aura, a 50-meter yacht.

“No Heesen was ever so celebrated when leaving our Shipyard,” reads an official message from the shipyard. Facebook page.

“We were touched by the number and quality of people who gathered along the riverbanks and bridges to applaud her passing by and the crowd that gathered in Harlingen to welcome her.”

Heesen doesn’t have to be the only Dutch shipyard transporting its yachts by the narrow canals and rivers in the Netherlands.

Feadship’s Project 817 moved from the shipyard’s Kaag Island facility in the inland to the North Sea at Rotterdam last April.

“People were asking questions such as, “Why would someone cruise his boat there?” Tom van Oossanen (photographer) was there for Project 817’s first two days.

It’s not cruising. She is going to sea, and she will never return.”