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Container Ship Refashioned into Luxury Vessel

Friday, May 12, 2017

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A cargo ship is no small purchase as it is, but one marine company is taking the previously humble-if-pricey container ship to new, and even pricier, heights.

According to recent reports, Edmiston & Company is catering to the uber-rich with a unique yacht: The Monaco-based shipbuilders have converted a container ship into a luxurious pleasure vessel.

Artist renderings courtesy of Edmiston

The Vard 1-08 Kilkea can accommodate 36 guests, spend 30 days at sea, and is equipped with a helicopter pad. The asking price for the luxury vessel is $72 million.

Dubbed Vard 1-08 Kilkea, the 268-foot former supply ship can accommodate 36 guests, spend 30 days at sea, and is equipped with a helicopter pad.

The cost? A robust $72 million.

“Robust and powerful, Vard 1-08 Kilkea is bestowed with unrivaled seakeeping abilities, guaranteeing the upmost safety and comfort, and is capable of traversing into unchartered waters for 30 days at a time without stocking up on supplies,” Edmiston boasts on its website.

Designing the Craft

Edmiston, which terms the ship a “pedigree-builder,” secured Shackleton Superyachts & International Shipbuilders Vard and Bannenberg & Rowell Design to formulate plans for the Kilkea.

The ship is painted white, including the steel, ice-classed hull, and can post top speeds of 15.4 knots (about 18 mph). Cruising speed is 12 knots (about 14 mph).

The Kilkea features 18 cabins, air conditioning, a swimming pool, a barbecue, a gym, a Jacuzzi, a movie theater and a submarine garage.

Kilkea features expansive deck space and interiors, which include large salons, dining and lounging areas, and 18 cabins for guests. The superyacht also has air conditioning, a swimming pool, a barbecue, a gym, a Jacuzzi, a movie theater, and a submarine garage.

Kilkea has the latest navigational technologies, including a dynamic positioning system that keeps the yacht set in one place via GPS. Joystick maneuvering was installed for navigating and docking, and a propulsion system with two azimuth units simplifies the ship’s turning capabilities.

Edmiston says the craft was developed as an eco-conscious ship, despite all of its amenities.

“VARD 1-08 Kilkea was developed with a focus on low fuel consumption,” the firm said. “She (is) powered by diesel-electric propulsion utilizing four electric generators and four diesel engines driving two controllable-pitch propellers.”

Not-So-Hidden Costs

Another variable in owning a luxury vessel such as the Kilkea is its upkeep. One report estimates that 10 percent of the initial value of a superyacht is funneled into operating costs, including $400,000 a year for gas, $1 million annually for maintenance, and about $1.4 million per year for the crew.

Editor's note: This story was one of our most popular "Off the Wall" features of 2017, and appeared in our Readers'  Choice issue on Dec. 29.


Tagged categories: Design; Europe; Marine; Program/Project Management; Ships and vessels

Comment from Mark Anater, (5/12/2017, 7:54 AM)

Is there such a thing as too much money? If so, this is exhibit A.

Comment from T W, (5/12/2017, 9:57 AM)

i only take my yachts with TWO helipads

Comment from M. Halliwell, (5/15/2017, 11:10 AM)

To me, it looks like they chopped the front half off a great lakes bulk carrier and then added some "hip and new" styling to it. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I guess.

Comment from Raymond Merrill, (5/17/2017, 6:03 PM)

36 guests??? How much for a 7 day cruise? Probably not price competitive with any of the current cruise lines. For the "uber-rich"? At the price they're asking, each stateroom should come with its own private pool!!! At least you don't have to worry about sharing the same boat with 2,000 guests.

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