The respected Baird Maritime website commented on the win by saying ‘These very impressive, air-liftable or truckable, vehicle-carrying inflatable boats are unique. At 6.7 metres LOA and three metres beam, these outboard-powered craft have a payload of two tonnes. That means they can carry a small vehicle or up to 20 personnel and their equipment.’
This followed the Japanese Fire and Disaster Management Agency’s purchase of an initial 36 boats from MST. The FDMA is the operating body that owns and maintains the Japanese government’s massive fleet of firefighting vehicles, and after news of the award spreads, more enquiries are already coming into our Liverpool shipyard.
This award recognises the fact that the MST ILC-600 brings a new breed of rescue boat to the market and one that makes difficult rescue tasks such as large animals, livestock and rescue of elderly or infirm much easier and within the budgetary and transport capabilities of far more organisations and operators than before. It is going to revolutionise global urban flood rescue efforts thanks to its unique combination of shallow draught, payload capacity and transportability.
The craft’s highly innovative design was developed in-house by MST’s team of naval architects and design engineers using state-of-the-art 3-dimensional computer-aided design technology and manufactured in MST’s low pressure inflatable products factory.
This dedicated division of the group employs high precision CNC computer controlled cutting machines to ensure consistent high quality and accuracy during the entire build process and can output multiple units per week to meet current demand for the new craft on a pulse line approach within the recently expanded manufacturing site.
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