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Sealegs In­ter­na­tional has be­gun sup­ply­ing com­po­nen­try for the first of three am­phibi­ous craft be­ing built for an Aus­tralian eco­tourism op­er­a­tor.

Pen­ni­cott Wilder­ness Jour­neys (PWJ) has com­mis­sioned the RIBS, de­signed by Na­iad De­sign NZ, built by Kirby Marine in Aus­tralia and am­phibi­ously en­abled by Sealegs.

The craft will fea­ture Sealegs Am­phibi­ous En­able­ment Sys­tem (AES) 100, which can sup­port a pay­load of thirty pas­sen­gers along with two crew.

PWJ opted for the am­phibi­ous so­lu­tion for the sen­si­tive Na­tional Park location, where con­struc­tion of coast­line in­fra­struc­ture – such as a wharf – is not pos­si­ble. Says PWJ owner Robert Pen­ni­cott, “The Sealegs tech­nol­ogy al­lows us to share a spectacular coastal en­vi­ron­ment with vis­i­tors in a way that wasn’t pos­si­ble be­fore.” Sealegs Sys­tem 100 sup­ports a fully am­phibi­ous pay­load of more than 6.5 tonnes, in­clud­ing pro­pel­ling it on land in for­ward and re­verse at up to 10 km/h.

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