PSVs as $72 million superyachts?

In a world full of stacked offshore service vessels, there are plenty of ideas for creative uses of these idled vessels: as training vessels, short-haul container ships, conversion for dredging.

Then there is a luxury one-off. Superyacht builders are marketing a novel conversion from Vard of Norway.

The 268’x59’x16’ Kilkea is an expedition yacht based on Vard’s 1/08 platform supply vessel, built in steel with a class notation for light ice conditions. Bannenberg & Rowell Design of London conceived the vessel, built in Vietnam by Shackleton Superyachts, for long distance exploration at a cruising speed of 12 knots and endurance for a month at sea, accommodating up to 36 guests.

“There is a proposed heli-deck and plentiful space to stow all the tenders, toys and small airplanes one would need on a round-the-world voyage,” according to the sales brochure.

The vessel’s offshore industrial roots include diesel-electric propulsion using four engines, azimuth drives and dynamic positioning. Accommodations would be quite different from the world’s oil patches. Design renderings show glass-paneled decks, a helicopter deck, and room for a swimming pool on deck.

Brokers at Edmiston Yacht are still marketing the vessel, advertising it is ready for finishing touches specified by a buyer, including a dive pool and docking for a submersible. The go-anywhere vessel is for sale for $72 million, with completion in 2018.

About the author

Kirk Moore

Associate Editor Kirk Moore was a reporter for the Asbury Park Press for over 30 years before joining WorkBoat in 2015. He wrote several award-winning stories on marine, environmental, coastal and military issues that helped drive federal and state government policy changes. He has also been a field editor for WorkBoat’s sister publication, National Fisherman, for almost 25 years. Moore was awarded the Online News Association 2011 Knight Award for Public Service for the “Barnegat Bay Under Stress,” 2010 series that led to the New Jersey state government’s restoration plan. He lives in West Creek, N.J.

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    Captain Todd Nelson on

    There is already a 300+ foot vessel being completed in Ft. Lauderdale. It is called Voyager. It is built on an OSV hull design, but has been constructed from the beginning as a yacht.

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