Huge superiors cram under the Dutch bridges

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(CNN) – It’s not every day that you see an 80-meter-tall superhero squeezing under a bridge with only a few inches of free space.

It is therefore not surprising that the sight of this giant Heesen ship making its way through the narrow canals of the Netherlands attracted a large crowd.

Galactica’s inaugural trip, formerly known as Project Cosmos, took place earlier this month, with painful precision, and a photographer was available to capture the trip.

The Galactica Superyacht is transported from the Heesen Shipyard in the town of Oss in the south of the Netherlands to the North Sea.

The Galactica Superyacht is transported from the Heesen Shipyard in the town of Oss in the south of the Netherlands to the North Sea.

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In a series of incredible images, the superhero is carefully transported from the Heesen shipyard in the town of Oss in the south of the Netherlands to the port of Harlingen in the North Sea, where it will be tested. of sea and equipment.

During the operation, which lasted four to five days, the ship was towed and pushed by expert tugs through narrow locks and under at least six decks.

Time is of the essence. Heesen had to wait for a “quiet, windless day” before attempting to pass the ship through a closed enclosure at Macharen with only 15 inches of free space on each side.

‘Standard procedure’

The boat narrows under a low bridge as it is pushed and pulled by canals and rivers.

The boat narrows under a low bridge as it is pushed and pulled by canals and rivers.

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At another stage, the water levels were too high to allow Galactica to pass under a bridge along the Maas River, which caused a brief pause as the crew waited for the levels to drop enough to squeeze underneath.

“This is a standard procedure with luxury yachts of this size when it comes to cruising inland,” says a Heesen spokesman. “Waiting for the tide to go down is just ‘as always’.”

Such a complicated and crucial operation requires at least three or four months of preparation with several necessary permits and certificates in advance, according to the Heesen team.

Fortunately, the shipyard has more than 40 years of experience to navigate when it comes to maneuvering its ships from Oss to the North Sea.

These trips require about three or four months of preparation to ensure that everything goes well.

These trips require about three or four months of preparation to ensure that everything goes well.

Dick Holthuis / Hessen / SWNS

In fact, the location of the shipyard has helped shape many of its innovative yachts, as designers need to keep in mind that every boat built here will need to be transported the same way.

“Building large, complex superheroes is exciting, both from an engineering and construction standpoint,” Arthur Brouwer, CEO of Heesen, said in a statement.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have the best naval architects, engineers and craftsmen in the country to build our yachts.”

Galactica, which is equipped with a beach club as well as a helipad that is being transformed into a cinema, arrived in Harlingen safely on January 12 and is expected to begin sea trials soon.

All aluminum yacht

The 80-meter superstar is due to be delivered in April after undergoing sea and equipment testing.

The 80-meter superstar is due to be delivered in April after undergoing sea and equipment testing.

Scott Hampton / Heesen / SWNS

Described as the longest and fastest aluminum yacht in the world, it is due to be delivered in April, the same month that Heesen plans to deliver the 50-meter Aura Project.

“No Heesen has ever been so celebrated when he left our shipyard,” says a message posted on the shipyard’s official Facebook page.

“We were thrilled with the crowd that gathered on the banks of the river, on the bridges applauding as it passed, and the crowd that gathered to welcome Harlingen.”

Heesen is not the only Dutch shipyard to transport its yachts through the narrow canals and rivers of the Netherlands.

Last April, Feadship Project 817 was captured on camera as it moved from the inland Kaag Island shipyard facilities to the North Sea in Rotterdam.

“People were actually asking questions like ‘why would anyone cross their boat here?'” Photographer Tom van Oossanen, who followed Project 817 for the first two days of transportation, told CNN Travel at the time.

“It’s obviously not a cruise. She’s going to sea and she’ll never come back.”

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