Hobart boat builder, PFG, to build three 12.5 metre boats for the Royal New Zealand Navy 

Hobart based boat builder PFG, today announced that through an open Tender process, it had secured a contract valued at approximately $6 million with the New Zealand Defence Force to design and construct three 12.5 metre, high-speed Littoral Manoeuvre Craft (LMC). These watercraft, will be fully constructed from next generation boat building material, High Density Polyethylene (HDPE).

PFG’s Chief Executive Officer, Rob Inches said today that the awarding of the contract was recognition of over 25 years’ experience the company has had in the building of durable and safe high-performance boats.

We have been building boats with HDPE for over 25 years, mainly for use in the aquaculture industry. However, with our Sentinel Tactical Watercraft branded boats, we have had success more recently in the police and emergency services sectors”, Mr Inches stated.

“Our boats are renowned for being virtually indestructible, can’t corrode or suffer from electrolyses and renown don’t ever require painting resulting in comparably low whole of life costs.

“The boat hulls are 100% recyclable, and of course being built in Tasmania, they are constructed using 100% renewable energy. We are also delighted that we have been able to partner with New Zealand industry with the inclusion of the highly renowned Hamilton Jet water propulsion units and General Marine Services of Auckland who are both major equipment suppliers and sustainment partners for the program.

“Due to the design excellence of a partner naval architects, One2Three of Sydney, and PFG’s craftmanship in building quality, the boats perform to a very high level, offering strength, reliability, manoeuvrability and crew safety that is unmatched in this class of craft.

“We are also proud that these craft are being built in a region such as Tasmania, a State with a boat building heritage stretching back over 200 years,” Mr Inches said.

“The LMC’s will provide the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) with an improved ability to detect and respond to underwater threats, support expeditionary reconnaissance and provide an agile platform for the transport of troops and materiel.

“It is also important that the LMCs are capable of performing multiple roles and tasks and be able to operate in a forward command role as required.

Three Hobart boat builders standing by the water smiling.“We are proud of our Sentinel craft and proud of the team we have assembled who will deliver them. We are also delighted to work with the RNZN to develop a boat that will set a new bench mark in meeting the needs of a modern defence force,” Mr Inches said.

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  • Ezzat Mohamed

    dear sir :
    First of all, I welcome you and I am certainly happy and pleased to cooperate and communicate with you with requests and inquiries
    Supply of 11 Blue Ethylene boats, 2.70 meters long, necessary for rainwater use – General Fire Department – Kuwait.
    For your information, this is a practice that was proposed by the General Fire Department two days ago. I ask you to work together, if you have this product, in building and supplying this type of boat.
    In the next email, I will send you the detailed and complete technical specifications so that you can review them.

    Thank you very much

    Ezzat Muhammad Abdullah
    Director of Operations and Tenders
    (Al-Ameeri Holding Group)
    Comil General Trading Company

  • Yousif

    Please send us the name and the contact details of the person in charge of sales HDPE Fishing Boats, 7-8 meters to supply to Sudan.

  • Yousif

    Please send us the name and the contact details of the person in charge of sales HDPE Fishing Boats, 7-8 meters, 200 boats, to supply to Sudan so we can send our request for quotation.

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