Fintry Marine, Kockums to develop boats with carbon fiber structure

Fintry Marine Design AG and Kockums AB have reached an agreement to cooperate in the marketing, design and construction of fast ferry, work and pilot boats built with a carbon fiber-reinforced sandwich structure.

Fintry Marine Design AG (Wil, Switzerland) and Kockums AB (Malmö, Switzerland), part of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS), have reached an agreement to cooperate in the marketing, design and construction of fast ferry, work and pilot boats built with a carbon fiber-reinforced sandwich structure.

This use of carbon fiber-reinforced sandwich reportedly has given Fintry cutting-edge status in the commercial catamaran segment. For the past five years the company has been involved in designing special workboats to transport supplies and service personnel to, from and within offshore wind parks in the waters of Northern Europe. The low displacement of the vessels, due to the composite material, reduces the risk of damage to the turbines when docking.

Kockums, which has gained its composite experience for more than 50 years, is an expert in naval technology. Its experience with carbon fiber-reinforced sandwich structures resulted in the Visby Class Naval Corvette, the world's largest surface vessel built from this material.

Under the agreement, Kockums will build Fintry CarboCAT vessels, which are said to be up to 30 percent lighter than aluminum and stronger than either aluminum or steel. Fuel savings are expected to reach more than 20 percent. The carbon fiber material is non-corrosive and the sandwich formulation possesses a low maintenance cost and an extremely high safety. In addition to the savings in fuel and maintenance costs will be the fact that these lighter vessels will require smaller engines to achieve performance equivalent to similar sized builds in aluminum, thus enhancing their environmental footprint.

Lindsay Leggat Smith, Fintry Marine managing director, echoed Lars Tedehammar, senior vice president of the business unit Surface Ships at Kockums AB, in saying, "We are delighted to be signing this important new association as in the current economic climate the time is right to be taking full advantage of the economic benefits of ships built in this innovative technology."