Super-Yacht M/Y ILONA


On Saturday 6th August  I was doing a bit of ship-spotting on the Thames.

At around 14:30 a rather large and very stylish private Yacht passed by Tilbury docks,  heading up the Thames towards the city of London.

I googled it for some information.  The Yacht is called Ilona and I believe it is owned by Australian businessman Frank Lowy, of the Westfield Group.  This is what ‘’ said about the yacht:

Motor Yacht Ilona was a milestone launch by Amels Shipyard of Holland in 2004, being a truly custom yacht measuring 73.81 metres (or 242 ft) in length overall. Redman Whiteley Dixon designed the yacht’s flowing exterior and was also employed to create the yacht’s interior design. Yacht Ilona was built with a steel hull and an aluminium superstructure. She has a beam of 12.10m (39.70ft) and a 3.60m (11.81ft) draft.  She sails with an Australian flag and Ilona can accommodate a maximum of up 16 guests, in 6 cabins, whilst cruising overnight and she also accommodates up to 28 crewmembers. Each of her twin engines Caterpillar Inc diesel engines produce 2,635 horse power giving her cruise speed of 16 knots.

Superyacht ILONA is the forth yacht called ILONA which was built and launched for the same owner.  M/Y ILONA is the largest of the four yachts built, so far, and was the inspiration of Amels shipyard in-house team, Redman Whitely Dixon and also the yacht’s owner. Her exterior design is unique with her flowing, balanced and naturally inspired lines and she stands out as being able to be easily identifiable due to her one of a kind good looks and also her formidable size (being one of the the world’s top 100 largest private yachts). In addition to numerous luxury yacht amenities, this boat also boasts a cinema, a massage room and a gymnasium. ILONA has been awarded as the Most Innovative Motor Yacht and The Best Motoryachts Over 43 Meters awards. Another interesting feature of motor yacht Ilona, and indeed one of the greatest design and building challenges, was how and where to incorporate the yachts large helipad and helicopter hangar. The was eventually successfully achieved through innovative design and creativity and without compromising her structure, lines, look or functionality. ILONA IV has the full retractable system of opening doors, on her aft deck, which has been installed to allow a helicopter to land and be stowed in a fire-proof hangar below deck. Overall, superyacht ILONA is a very successful and exceptional motor yacht which combines excellent sea going capabilities with superb design features. (

Ilona is apparently worth around $1 million.

She appeared to take a pilot on-board, which I normally see much larger vessels doing. She later berthed at London’s ‘South Quays’, close to the business district of Canary Wharf.




Ilona appeared to take a pilot on-board. She berthed at London’s ‘South Quays’, close to the business district of Canary Wharf.

Also on Saturday, the classic tug boat ‘Kent’ was berthed at Gravesend landing stage.


MT Kent is based in Basin No.1 at Chatham Marina in Kent.

The Kent was built in 1948 by Richards Ironworks of Lowestoft. She began her working life on the Medway berthing ships in the Port of Rochester and Sheerness. When the BP Refinery opened at the Isle of Grain it was the Kent who assisted the first British Tanker onto the berth. Over the years she was deployed in various locations with spells in Scotland, coastal and near continental towing.

In the middle 1980s the Kent was taken out of service after working almost forty years.

In October 1995 the South Eastern Tug Society (SETS) purchased the Kent from J. P. Knight for the sum of £1 on the understanding that she would be restored and preserved.

In 1999 the fruits of their labour paid off. In May 1999 S.E.T.S. sailed the Kent on her first official trip from Strood to Sheerness.


More Ilona info/images HERE

More Kent info/images HERE


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