KaMeWa Reports Lively Interest In Water Jet Propulsion Units

After a moderate start at the end of the 1970s, KaMeWa AB of Sweden is now experiencing a spreading interest in the water jet (WJ) for vessel propulsion. Commencing with the delivery in 1980 of two WJ units of 1,600 hp each for the Apollo Jet, the same Hong Kong-based owner now has eight units on four catamarans in service. Additional boats of the same type will operate in various areas. Hong Kong police authorities have ordered 15 WJ units for delivery during 1984.

KaMeWa has booked orders for new geographical areas and new clients as follows: four units for the Finnish Defence Organization; two units for a special service prototype boat for a NATO country in Europe; two units, each of 1,180 hp, for a Singapore-built offshore crewboat of the catamaran type; two units for a Singapore yard, each of 1,420 hp, to be installed in a pleasure craft; two units, each of 690 hp, for a Japanese high-speed passenger boat to be built by Yamaha; and three units, each of 442 hp, for a European navy prototype combined transport and landing craft.

Some 50 WJ units are now in service or on order; the biggest is one 13,400-hp unit. Inquiries are now being received by KaMeWa from all over the world, mainly for highspeed, shallow-draft for military and commercial applications.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 9,  Oct 1984

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