AMBAR Introduces Bollinger-Built RIB Line lo U.S.
AMBAR Marine, Inc., a subsidiary of AMBAR Inc., introduced a new series of Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBs) in the U.S. ALsafe Severe Service/ Rescue Boats are built by Bollinger Machine Shop & Shipyard in Lockport, La.
Although new to the U.S., ALsafe RIBs are based on a design used for more than 12 years in the North Sea in military and commercial applications; over 200 are reportedly in service there.
The proprietary hull construction process for ALsafe RIBs uses marine grade aluminum extrusions for the entire outer hull structure, reportedly providing a light but extremely rugged and durable hull with improved longitudinal rigidity. Continuous deadrise construction of up to 26 degrees provides seakeeping capabilities and for sustained high speed operations in high sea states. Low-density polyurethane foam is incorporated into compartments under the deck to provide positive floatation in all conditions.
ALsafe RIBs are available in standard lengths between 18 ft. (5.5 m) and 29.5 ft. (9 m). Custom construction is available in lengths up to 49.2 ft. (15 m). Standard propulsion is provided by wateijets coupled to marine diesel engines with hydraulic maneuvering controls and steering. A coaxial reversing hydraulic gearbox is available, and allows the flow of water through the wateijet to be reversed to clear the system of any debris, if necessary. The engine is designed and equipped to run dry prior to deployment. Outboard propulsion is also available on some models.
The boats are designed with a carrying capacity that can exceed six tons and are intended to accommodate up to 10 personnel plus crew. The electrical system and the engine compartment are waterproof and the craft are totally selfbailing and self-righting.
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