Strategic Marine Australia has successfully delivered three 42.3 ft landing craft to Kuwaiti sales agent Seas and Deserts.
The aluminium vessels designed by Strategic Marine and Southerly Designs, have a 42.3 ft length overall, a beam of 13 ft a draught of 1.5 ft.
Powered by two 300 horsepower V8, Yamaha outboard motors, these engines pack a punch reaching speeds of over 40 knots at lightship.
With a cruising speed of 28 knots the vessels are expected to have the capacity to operate for up to 14 hours, a range of approximately 380 nautical miles fully loaded.
The landing craft are designed to carry a High Mobility Multi Purpose Wheeled Vehicle (a.k.a Humvee), or is capable of a 5 tonne payload.
The Vessels will operate in the Arabian Gulf region.
Currently a fleet of three, Strategic Marine are working on an additional two landing craft for Seas and Deserts, being designed to carry up to 20 Passengers.
Recent design modifications have also been made at the request of the client, including an enclosed passenger seating area, air-conditioning and amenities.
The two passenger craft are expected to reach in excess of 30 knots at full load, powered by two 350hp V6 outboard motors.
Type of Vessel Landing Craft
Survey Class Australian - USL
Home Port Kuwait
Sales Agent Seas and Deserts Group W.L.L.
Owner/Operator Ministry of Defence, Kuwait
Designer Southerly Designs & Strategic Marine, Australia
Builder Strategic Marine, Henderson, Australia
Construction Material Aluminium
Length Overall 42.3 ft
Beam (Moulded) 13 ft
Draught 1.5 ft (Lightship)
Displacement (Lightship) 6.5 Tonnes
Displacement (Loaded) 13.2 Tonnes
Main Engine 2 x Yamaha 300hp V8 Outboard Motors
Maximum Speed 41 Knots (Lightship)
Cruising Speed 28 Knots
Tankage - Fuel (Gasoline) 2 Tanks = 1,950 litres
Loaded Speed 32 Knots with full fuel and 5 tonne on foredeck
Loading area High Mobility Multi-purpose wheeled vehicle (Humvee) or 5 tonne payload