A ship is too big – level 2

09-02-2022 15:00

A Dutch company is building a yacht for Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon. The problem is that the yacht is too big, and it cannot pass through Rotterdam to get to the ocean.

The yacht is 127 meters long, and it needs to go under a steel bridge. It is possible to lift a part of the bridge into the air, but it still is not enough. The company asked the Rotterdam municipality to dismantle the bridge, which made many people very angry. The bridge was a historical place, and workers repaired it in 2017.

The price of the yacht was about 430 million dollars, and it was the biggest yacht in the world. Jeff Bezos said that he would pay for the work on the bridge.

Difficult words: yacht (a boat which people use for racing or for trips), municipality (officials of a town or city), dismantle (to take apart a machine or structure into pieces).

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