Sealegs Receives New Order From Malaysia
Sealegs Receives New Order From Malaysia & Sets Record Channel Crossing
Auckland, 12 December 2007: Sealegs amphibious boats have been making a big splash around South East Asia setting speed records and securing new orders.
According to Sealegs International CEO David McKee Wright, a Sealegs rigid inflatable boat made the crossing between Langkawi and Kuala Perlis in Malaysia on Monday in 39 minutes and 11 seconds, earning a place in the Malaysia Book of Records.
The most recent success follows hard on the heels of the world’s fastest recorded speed on water by an amphibious vehicle, achieved by a Sealegs 6.1m RIB on Sydney Harbour last week.
The Malaysian success was made in association with LMT Maritime Sdn Bhd, Sealegs’ distributor in the region and the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department. Mr McKee Wright piloted the vessel on its record crossing assisted by LMT Maritime Managing Director Ibrahim Ali Abdul Wahab.
The is the first time an amphibious powerboat has crossed the 32 nautical mile (60km) channel between Kuah and Kuala Perlis.
Afterwards Malaysia’s Minister of Kedah, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid, presented the Malaysia Book of Records certificate to Wahab and McKee Wright at a packed press conference.
“We were travelling at speeds of between 40 and 50 knots,” says McKee Wright “and although rough, the boat handled the conditions incredibly well”
Mr Wahab says the successful attempt “demonstrated the extreme capability of the boat in 2 metre swells and the crossing gave further confidence to government agencies around the country when assessing the amphibious craft. “
The Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department, which recently took delivery of their first Sealegs boat, also confirmed a further order worth in excess of NZD$750,000.
“The Sealegs boats will be instrumental in assisting with flood relief in the region and ironically as I was receiving the award from the Minister parts of Malaysia were making world news headlines with floods,” says Mr McKee Wright.
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About Sealegs Corporation
Sealegs Corporation Limited is a public company listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange Main Board with the ticker symbol SLG.
Sealegs Corporation owns 100% of Sealegs International Limited, the world's leading manufacturer of amphibious boats.
Sealegs International has developed a patent-pending system of hydraulically motorised, steerable and retractable wheels for amphibious boats.
Sealegs set a new world record for the fastest crossing of the English Channel by an amphibious vehicle in June 2005.
Sealegs amphibious boats are used by customers in New Zealand, Australia, UAE, France, UK, South Korea, Kuwait, Malaysia, Italy, Hong Kong 1and the USA.
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