Renowned marine designer David Carambat conceived of the amphibious rescue vehicle concept after Katrina ravished New Orleans.
The design of his KAT amphibious vehicle has since evolved from rescue vehicles to also include military and recreational versions.
His company, Industrial Object, LLC specializes in marine and automotive industrial engineering and design.
Industrial Objects is a cutting edge marine design firm providing innovative marine design since 1989.
Inventor of the groundbreaking SWATH technology "Small Waterplane Twin Hull" and innovative hovercraft, Carambat
also provides captivating "Best in Class" designs of leisure yachts and other recreational marine craft.
David Carambat's designs surpass all other international leisure craft and work boats in efficiency, performance and comfort.
There are also a number patents pending for the vehicle design and innovative technology of the
The KAT® amphibious vehicle. Carambat's company, Industrial Object, LLC boasts the best of the best in naval architecture,
materials science, structural design and CAD capable fabrication.
On February 21, 2008 Carambat gave a presentation of the KAT 829 Mass Rescue Vehicle to the NSARC. This is an excerpt of their report:
National Search And Rescue Committee
Government agencies for rescue, fire, law enforcement, military and all other
local, county, state and federal agencies can contact
David Carambat at (985) 893-2432.
Suite 3106, 2100 2nd Street SW, Washington DC 20593-0001
Phone: (202) 372-2090 Facsimile: (202) 372-2912
February 21, 2008
U. S. Coast Guard Headquarters
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Mass Rescue Vehicle. Mr. David Carambat (Design Director, Industrial Object, LLC)
gave a presentation regarding his company's development of a rescue vehicle. Mr. Carambat
advised the Committee:
(1) His company, Industrial Object, LLC, has taken advantage of it's expertise in
maritime and high speed craft design to develop a versatile high-performance rescue
(2) Hurricane Katrina showcased the need to operate in sizeable areas, much of which
are flooded; flooding is the most common type of natural disaster in the U.S.
(3) A durable, field-fixable amphibious tug-barge system that can be easily deployed
would be a valuable disaster rescue asset.
(4) Ideally, the Coast Guard or FEMA could preposition such vehicles to enable rapid
(5) Mr. Carambat invited NSARC to send representatives to New Orleans to see and
assess the vehicles.