Multi-million dollar yacht scrapes under low bridges with inches to spare

The 260ft MY Galactica was being moved to the North Sea from the Dutch shipyard where it was built.

The vessel also had to squeeze through river locks.

The shipbuilders, Heesen, had to wait for the perfect weather and tide conditions to be able to complete the voyage.

superyacht Galatia from Heesen squeezing through canal locks from rear
Heesen’s yacht was being transported out to the North Sea

As the 80-metre super-yacht approached each obstacle, laser beams were used to see if it would be able to pass through.

Its pricetag is confidential but it is known to be seven figures or above.

Three to four months of preparation go into transporting the boats to the sea because of the large number of permits and certificates required.

Arthur Brouwer, the CEO of Heesen, said: “Building large and complex superyachts is exciting, both from an engineering and construction perspective.

superyacht Galatia from Heesen squeezing through canal locks forward angle
Galatia also had to navigate tight river locks

“We also managed to keep the construction of Project Cosmos, now known as MY Galactica, on schedule – which was no mean feat.

“Cosmos is the ultimate expression of our ability to build daring projects that stretch the imagination of its engineers and craftspeople.”

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