Earlier this month, the luxury yacht Equanimity was sold to Genting Malaysia Bhd.
The vessel was sold to the casino, hotel and cruise conglomerate at US$126 million (RM514.14mil) and after 27 days, it has been renamed to Tranquility, Malaysiakini reported.
The change of name was reported by Marine Traffic, a ship-tracking website. The vessel’s automatic identification system (AIS) no longer uses the name Equanimity, but Tranquility now.
So does that mean the storm is over?
Although Equanimity and Tranquility rhyme, and both words mean calmness, there is actually a little bit of difference in meaning.
Oxford Dictionary defines Equanimity as:
Calmness and composure, especially in a difficult situation.
The quality or state of being tranquil; calm.
Based on the definitions, the change of name seems to suggest that the luxury vessel has finally gotten out of the rough sea and is sailing in serenity.
Maybe after losing out of the hand of fugitive Low Taek Jho, or better known as Jho Low, the superyacht is finally free from the turmoil from within. You know, since Jho Low stayed in there.
Jho Low was branded as the central figure behind scandal-ridden company 1MDB. He was accused of buying Equanimity at US$250 million (RM1.03bil) with 1MDB funds in 2014, according to Bloomberg.
Perhaps after sailing in secretive for five years −and was in “difficult situation” − the ship can now cast away the neverending fear of being discovered and exposed, and finally become tranquil − free from disturbance.
Under Genting’s ownership, the vessel is definitely free from disturbance as the company wished to make Tranquility a luxurious voyage experience for the high-rollers.
“The acquisition of the Equanimity forms part of our strategy to differentiate ourselves from our regional competitors by providing us with a unique and competitive edge for our VIP customers.
“We are in the midst of finalising a business model to allow us to use the Equanimity to grow our premium player business,” Genting Malaysia said.
Tranquility is currently docked in Singapore.
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