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Kilkea adds touch of luxury to container ships

Kilkea adds touch of luxury to...
The Kilkea's rated to handle anything the ocean can throw at it on explorations 30 days long
The Kilkea's rated to handle anything the ocean can throw at it on explorations 30 days long
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The Kilkea has a helicopter hangar on board
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The Kilkea has a helicopter hangar on board
The Kilkea's rated to handle anything the ocean can throw at it on explorations 30 days long
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The Kilkea's rated to handle anything the ocean can throw at it on explorations 30 days long
The Kilkea is a long way removed from the container ship it's based on
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The Kilkea is a long way removed from the container ship it's based on
The Kilkea's new exterior is far less workmanlike
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The Kilkea's new exterior is far less workmanlike
The interior has plenty of dining and relaxation spaces
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The interior has plenty of dining and relaxation spaces
The full deck plan is yet to be released, but suffice to say there's plenty of room to fulfil your wildest desires
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The full deck plan is yet to be released, but suffice to say there's plenty of room to fulfil your wildest desires

Your average container ship could never be described as luxurious, but the Kilkea is not your average container ship. To be built on the shell of an old Vard 1-08 platform supply vessel, instead of shipping containers, the Kilkea will be repurposed to take you and 36 of your closest friends to all corners of the globe in sumptuous comfort.

Measuring up at 81.7 meters (268 ft) long and 18 m (59 ft) wide, the Kilkea's exterior is a long-way removed from the basic container ship it started life as, but that doesn't mean it isn't practical. Fully loaded with supplies, the vessel will be capable of 30-day expeditions without land support, and its steel hull is rated to operate in light ice conditions.

The Bannenberg & Rowell interior, on the other hand, has been designed with luxury in mind.

The Kilkea is a long way removed from the container ship it's based on
The Kilkea is a long way removed from the container ship it's based on

In the Mercedes Arrow460 we covered last week, luxury design meant using lots of high-end materials and folding surfaces to maximize space. The Kilkea is in a completely different league, with enough rooms, relaxation and dining areas to comfortably entertain 36 guests. For those concerned with the practicalities of parking a helicopter, there's even a hangar on board.

The vessel's maximum speed is 15.4 knots (17.7 mph/28.5 km/h), with a cruising speed of 12 knots (13.8 mph/22.2 km/h).

Alright, this is where things get a bit ridiculous - it's time to talk price. The Vard 1-08 Kilkea will set you back a cool US$62 million. For that cash, you could buy this penthouse in New York City, with enough left over to park a Bugatti Chiron for every day of the week in your garage. Oh, and even after all of that you'd still be $5,216,000 better off.

Still, the boat will take you to places no townhouse or hypercar ever could. And who are we to judge someone with that much money for treating themselves to a toy that can show you and your friends the world?

Source: Edmiston

4 comments
Bob Flint
Why has it end it's service????
Peter Lee
Who are we to ask why the obscenely rich have a right to burn this much fuel for their entertainment? Perhaps Gizmag could ask the question ?
Milton
This is why the world needs to bake the monetary cost of carbon into the price of fuels. Other than that... very cool project.