OTECH To Develop RHIBs For Commerical A n d M i l i t a r y Use
Ocean Technical Services, Inc. (OTECH), an ISO 9000 certified vessel repair and new construction company located in Harvey, La., is developing a series of rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIB) for commercial and military use. These RHIBs, which are to be in production by the end of this year, were designed by Crompton Marine, U.K., for commercial interests in the North Sea. OTECH has reportedly acquired exclusive manufacturing and marketing rights for the western hemisphere and will modify the RHIB for the U.S. market.
Three current models will comprise the initial offer — measuring 15.7 ft. (4.8 m) 18.4 ft. (5.6 m) and 22 ft. (6.7 m) A 32.8 and 39.4-ft. (10 and 12- m) versions are also planned. The full line will be able to accommodate the cruising, diving, racing, civil rescue, workboat, yacht tender, beach patrol, marine life observation, expedition and charter areas.
The commercial uses will accommodate the oil and gas industry, offshore ship tender, rescue police, customs, U.S. Coast Guard, fishery patrol salvage, civil engineering, environmental protection and military areas.
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