The article begins, “Your average container ship could never be described as luxurious, but the Kilkea is not your average container ship.” Indeed. And it never was. Several other media sources also describe the yacht as a “converted container ship.” It is not. Apparently, container ships are now sufficiently ubiquitous that anything that floats seems to qualify.
In fact, the luxury yacht Kilkea will be a converted Platform Supply Vessel (PSV), not a container ship. Unlike most luxury yachts the Kilkea is designed to operate as an”expedition yacht” capable of going virtually anywhere on the globe. While not an icebreaker, the yacht is reportedly ice-classed. It features a helicopter hangar and pad and is capable of operating for 30 days without resupply.
The 268′ long yacht is being built on a Vard 1-08 PSV, the workhorse design now deployed serving oil and gas platforms around the world. Kilkea is a joint project of Vard shipyards, Fincantieri Yachts and Shackleton Superyachts with U.K. yacht designers Bannenberg & Rowell Designs designing the exterior and interior.
The yacht has a cruising speed of 12 knots and has 18 passenger cabins.
Beyond the confusion related to calling a PSV a container ship, the quoted cost of the yacht has appeared as $62 million USD, while it is also being listed for sale at $72 million USD.
Thanks to Alan Rice for contributing to this post.