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Ambex Refits Military Interceptor with Shoxs Seating

A classic 50-knot high speed vessel gets a makeover
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Ambex Refits Military Interceptor with Shoxs Seating

Ambex Ltd of Sussex, UK has selected Allsalt Maritime Shoxs seats for a unique refit project for the former armed forces high speed watercraft. 

The boat is known as a Very Slender Vessel (VSV) 50, a 16m carbon fibre interceptor. Instead of slamming across the top of the waves, it is designed to pierce through them. 

A low-to-the-water profile makes it hard to detect on radar, making it an ideal reconnaissance platform. The design came about as a response to reduce the 20g-plus shocks being experienced by the crews of patrol and interceptor boats when pushing speed to the extreme.

Ambex’s VSV is a new build on an existing hull, featuring a still practical but more comfortable interior fit-out, including a shower, heads, accommodation and galley. Crew safety is enhanced by use of the latest shock mitigation seating.

It's fitted out with a full suite of Simrad navigation and comms equipment, ideal for high speed chases or a test platform. Seven Allsalt Maritime Shoxs shock mitigation seats will ensure that personnel will be able to endure the loads of such high speed travel.

"Ambex doesn’t operate from a showroom, preferring instead to test, demonstrate, trial, and experiment with different systems on the water," says Will Smith, the company's co-owner and director. 

"Much of our work involves finding solutions that meet a specific law enforcement or military specification. Our recommendations need to be tested at sea in an environment as close as possible to intended operations.”

Read entire article at Maritime Journal here.