Ugly duckling no more


Here’s to recycling on a grand scale: The Vard 1-08 Kilkea, a retired 268-foot long container ship, is being converted into a world class low fuel consumption expedition superyacht, according to (

The hull is ice-classed, so the Kilkea can travel in glacial climates, or any climate that can handle the vessel’s 16-foot draft. It’s designed to carry up to 36 guests and can travel for up to 30 days without needing refueling or restocking. And let’s not forget all the amenities, including a helicopter deck, space for boat tenders and small planes, etc. The yacht design, and the shell of the Kilkea, shown are courtesy of the Edmiston yacht brokerage ( Never has a container ship looked so good.

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