What is an LCT ?

A Landing Craft Tank (LCT) was an amphibious assault ship for landing tanks on beachheads. They were initially developed by the British Royal Navy and later by the United States Navy during World War II in a series of versions. Initially known as the “Tank Landing Craft” (TLC) by the British, they later adopted the US nomenclature “Landing Craft Tank” (LCT). The United States continued to build LCTs post-war, and used them under different designations in the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

Three of the main features in an LCT’s structure are the ramp door, the open deck space and the low draft. The ramp door allows heavy equipments such as mobile cranes, excavators and dump trucks to crawl into the LCT at the loading site and to crawl out of the LCT at the destination site. The open deck space enables the LCT to carry various types of heavy and oversize cargo. The low draft makes it possible for the LCT to deliver the cargo to the destination site where the water is shallow as evidenced in many remote areas’ ports in Indonesia.

Today LCT is being utilized in various archipelago countries in the world, especially in Indonesia, to perform inter-island heavy and oversize cargo transportation. Although the basic design is still the same, there are several modifications in the latest LCT production to be able to carry bigger and heavier cargo as new heavy equipments in the market are bigger than ever before. This is important for LCT that operates in Indonesia to serve mining, oil & gas companies that operate in the remote areas and islands of the country.

 

What is an LCT ?


Initially known as the “Tank Landing Craft” (TLC) by the British, they later adopted the US nomenclature “Landing Craft Tank” (LCT).

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