Recently has been very busy in West India Dock with the Thames Barges saying farewell yesterday and the arrival of one of the biggest Super Yachts Kismet which is said to have cost $200 million. Kismet has visited the dock before in 2014 when by a strange coincidence there was a French Patrol boat and a Thames sailing barge in dock. Kismet joins the French Navy Ship Cephee and the Super Yacht Ilona in the dock.
Last time the ship arrived in London it caused a bit if a stir when it was initially moored near Tower Bridge for a few days. Part of the reason for the interest in the Super yacht Kismet is that it is owned by the owner of Football and NFL teams, Pakistani-American billionaire businessman Shahid Khan.
This visit is much more low-key with the massive yacht tucked away at the bottom of the dock. Part of the reason could be that some work may being done on the yacht. I could not fail to notice it had lost the letter ‘T’ from its name plates. The question to ask, is the yacht changing its name ? Which may indicate that it had been sold.
Kismet is 308ft long has three decks and a private sundeck with a pool-Jacuzzi-BBQ area and all mod cons. The ship features exterior styling by Espen Øino and interior design by Reymond Langton Design featuring marble and rare woods, it will accommodate 12 guests in six staterooms, and has a crew of 20. This ship is the second vessel named Kismet owned by Mr Khan , a previous 223ft yacht was sold for a rumoured £70 million in 2013. The new Kismet was built at German boatyard Lurssen.
Unusually for the secretive super yacht world, a great deal seems to be known about Kismet and if you fancy life aboard, the super yacht can be chartered for £940,000 or 1.6 million dollars a week.