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MST delivers wheelhouse boats for the Norwegian Coastguard
MST continues to win orders from Norwegian Defence Logistics
Organisation, Customs, Police and Military clients worldwide
and has announced it is to deliver the final boat in a five-boat
order placed by the Norwegian Coastguard for 10.5-metre
Powered by twin diesels linked to Hamilton Jets, these 10.5-metre
RIBs are capable of speeds of up to 45 knots. The high tech composite
hull (with an all-weather wheelhouse) is self-righting and has a single
point lift for launching and retrieving from the Norwegian
Coastguard's new Nornen-class "mothership" cutters.
The MST custom Wheelhouse RIBs are comprehensively
equipped, with a huge array of sophisticated electronics that
effectively replicate everything on the bridge of the mother vessel.
These include two PC computers running full Furuno Telchart
cartography, high speed ARPA tracking radar, VHF radio and GSM
telecommunications along with internet connections for all
PC-based facilities. All of this is displayed on two fully integrated
43cm TFT displays. MST succeeded in integrating all this into a
"daughter boat" that had to be under 10.5 metres and to fit on the
47-metre Nornen-Class mother vessel.
The client also required accommodation to include sea toilet,
two berths, hand washing facilities and shock mitigation seats for
six crew. What's more, the craft features heated windows, full air
conditioning, heated decks to deal with extreme cold conditions
and hydraulic power for a pot hauler for fisheries inspections -- all
within the client's challenging dimensions. MST achieved this
thanks to its high tech composite building techniques and
extensive use of aluminium honeycomb materials in the interior
MST has also made major strides forward in tube technology.
MST's Philip Hilbert said, "We initially fitted a third party
supplier's polyurethane sprayed closed cell foam collar system that
used higher tech elastomeric products to achieve a lower weight
than is usually associated with such collars. However these collars
suffered from light damage in the field, which deteriorated into
failure of sections due to the skin coming away. It appeared that
the boundaries of this technology had been pushed too far. So we
revisited the problem in-house. The solution came from within our
own group of companies with a new closed cell foam collar system
developed by our sister company SIT, using PU fabric rather than a
sprayed solution. The result is far more rugged and also produces
extra weight savings."
Looking ahead to future orders, Hilbert concluded, "We have
more similar RIBs of this size in the pipeline, as well as a stretched
12.6-metre version. We currently build up to 13 metres and have a
17-metre boat under development for a client. However, we see the
RIB market levelling out at around 15 metres and craft bigger than
this are extremely specialised for very specific applications."
For further information contact:
Marine Specialised Technology, UK.
The 10.5-metre Wheelhouse RIB is lifted onto the "mothership"
The MST-designed and built daughter-vessel 10.5-metre Wheelhouse RIB
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