Malaysia-Indonesia Co-operation Buys Swedish Boats

Indonesian company North Sea Boats (NSB) established by the Swedish boat builder John Lundin has secured a deal with Composites Technology Research Malaysia Composites Engineering (CTRM CE) to build and market a special operations fast-attack boat for the security forces.
North Sea Boats Pte Ltd marketing manager Allan Boon said the deal involved a partnership agreement signing ceremony between North Sea Boats (NSB) Pte Ltd and CTRM CE at the Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre.
The agreement involved the development, production, marketing, sales and servicing of advanced technology composites marine vessels of the rigid hull inflatable boat-type for the defence and security market.
The signatories were CTRM CE chief executive officer Mohd Shafee Mohd Ali and NSB managing director John Ivar Allan Lundin in the presence of Spectre Marine AB chief executive officer Andreas Isaksson.
The North Sea Boat X2K model can accommodate up to 18 crew, is 11.3m, is powered by two 300-horse power engines, made of vacuum-infused composite, has a top speed of 55 knots and weighs 2,500kg.
Each boat, which is equipped with all-weather navigational equipment,  can cost US$250,000.
 Already, NSB has sold four such vessels to the Malaysian police’s VAT 69 special operations force who took part in a joint training programme in Bali, Indonesia conducted by Spectre Marine three years ago.
“We are attempting to do so for the the Royal Malaysian Navy’s special forces, too,” said Isaksson.
 Spectre Marine has provided similar services to Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia, Nigeria, Holland, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark and the British Virgin Islands.
 A total of 60 such boats have been manufactured in Indonesia by NSB for the security forces of various nations.

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