Barry 2019-04-05

Twenty seven Sealegs craft landed last week on Langkawi Island, Malaysia, setting two records in the process. 

The first for being the largest assembled fleet of government-owned Sealegs anywhere in the world by the Malaysian Civil Defense Force (APM), and Fire Department (BOMBA).

The second for the longest trip undertaken by a fleet of amphibious craft, which was registered in the Malaysian Book of Records. The fleet took off from Melaka State travelling more than 700km north along the East coast of Malaysia to Langkawi Island and making pre-planned stops to demonstrate the advantages of Sealegs technology for emergency response.

The Langkawi Amphibious Craft Expedition, as it was called, was organized and led by APM’s commissioner Datuk Roslan Wahab and coincided with both APM’s 67th operational anniversary and the 2019 Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA’19). The expedition's purpose was to demonstrate the capability and efficiency of Sealegs amphibious craft responding to the increasing number of coastal emergency situations in Malaysia.

Sealegs co-founder and CEO, David McKee Wright, who was in Langkawi to meet the arriving fleet, said “the significant gathering of Sealegs here reminds me of the Onetangi Beach Races held each year in New Zealand with record numbers of recreational Sealegs in attendance. The similarities to that event are as significant as the differences - which aptly demonstrate the wide range of uses for Sealegs amphibious technology".

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