New landing craft, and export success for MST at Seawork 2019


Prolific civil and military workboat builder MST had a strong presence at the recent Seawork 2019 exhibition in Southampton, UK. Core of the MST display was the ILC 800 RIB landing craft.

The ILC 800 is designed to provide cost- effective water crossing capability, in areas where there is little support infrastructure for such operations. Readily deployable from ships, land vehicles or aircraft, the eight-metre craft’s collars can be inflated in situ. It is suitable for the conveyance of civilian and military personnel, stores and vehicles.

It is powered by one or two outboard combustion or electric motors, and is both stable and highly manoeuvrable. The ILC 800 is available in four beam sizes, features a bow ramp, and can carry a payload of three tonnes.

Also, MST announced a major export success in the form of an order from its Japanese agents, URA, for 36 workboats of an as-yet-unspecified type. The boats are due to be delivered by mid-2020.

Trevor Hollingsbee

Maritime security expert and columnist, Trevor Hollingsbee was a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy, Senior Superintendent with the Hong Kong Marine Police, Assistant Secretary for Security in the British Hong Kong Government Security Branch, and Intelligence Analyst in the UK Ministry of Defence. As an independent defence and security analyst he has had some 1,500 articles on maritime security, and geopolitical topics, published in a range of international journals and newspapers. He is an Associate Fellow of the Nautical Institute, and a past Vice-Chairman of the Institute’s Hong Kong branch.