Oceanco 127m Superyacht Now Named Sailing Yacht Y721 'KORU'

By Heather Collier

Oceanco's 127-metre superyacht Y721 has now been named Koru. Koru is currently located at the Oceanco facility outside of Rotterdam after being transported last year from Alblasserdam.

Oceanco's $500 million superyacht, which will be the second largest sailing yacht in the world when she is delivered, is owned by Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos.

It now appears that Bezos has renamed her a Maori word, 'Koru', which translates to 'new beginnings'. The new name was revealed this week when it began transmitting on the vessel's automatic identification system.

Koru will feature three enormous masts and three decks, featuring a black hull and white superstructure. She is the longest yacht ever to have been launched in the Netherlands and will officially be the tallest sailing yacht in the world when she is delivered to the Amazon founder, superseding the current largest ocean-going passenger ship Sea Cloud. 

The design for Koru is based on another one of Bezos' ships, the Black Pearl. Built in 2018, the Black Pearl is the largest DynaRig sailing yacht in the world, with three 70 metre-tall carbon masts.

The billionaire commissioned the construction of the superyacht, which hit the headlines last year when it required an iconic Dutch bridge to be dismantled in order to reach the open sea. 

Bezos said he would pay the Dutch city of Rotterdam to dismantle and then rebuild part of the historic 95-year-old bridge so the vessel could pass through.

After finishing sea trials, the Koru is expected to be delivered to Bezos in February and will then join a fleet of three sailing yachts longer than 100m. It is rumoured that the vessel will cost $25 million a year in upkeep. 

By Heather Collier