22 April 2016
Poseidon Rover Stingray interceptor boats (photo : Shephard)
MRI Technologies, a Malaysian shipbuilder founded in 1999, celebrated handover of the last of 20 interceptor boats to the Malaysian Armed Forces on 20 April at DSA 2016.
Adzharry Bin Jabir, executive director of MRI Technologies, said the first delivery occurred ten months ago. The boats, of two types built by Woonam Marine Craft in South Korea, are being used by the Joint Force Command for Operation Pasir in the restive area of Eastern Sabah.
The two boat types are the Poseidon Viper and Poseidon Rover Stingray (pictured above). The former is an 8.18m RHIB, with twin 250hp Yamaha engines giving a top speed of 50kt.
The latter, meanwhile, is 9.85m long and has a fibre-reinforced plastic (FRP) hull. Two Yamaha 250hp engines propel it to a top speed of 40kt and a maximum range of 200nm. It can accommodate 16 passengers.
MRI Technologies acts as the Southeast Asia agent for Woonam, and it will support the 20 Malaysian tri-service boats under a RM20 million ($5.16 million) government operate, company own and maintain (GOCOM) contract that was signed in June 2015.
This is not the first GOCOM contract for MRI. In January 2015 it signed a contract to supply and support Yamaha outboard motors for Malaysian Army special forces (Gerup Gerak Khas, or GGK). This covered 30 Yamaha motors ranging from 40hp to 250hp.
Under the GOCOM framework, MRI must achieve a minimum 90% availability rate for the GGK. Jabir noted that in fact it had achieved a rate of 99.9%. MRI has 12 employees servicing these engines for the military.
MRI Technologies has also recently developed the Poseidon S-RIB Handalan class, with Royal Malaysian Navy special forces in mind as the end customer. Jabir confirmed that design work is complete and negotiations are going on with the military.
The Handalan S-RIB is 15.5m long and can carry 18 passengers on shock-absorbing seats. Powered by twin Volvo Penta 435hp inboard diesel engines, it can achieve speeds of 40kt. Cruising speed is listed as 20kt.