Zyvex Marine launches carbon nanotube-enhanced long-range boat

Zyvex Marine has launched LRV-17, a long-range, anti-piracy boat that features a nanocomposite structure, sprint speeds of more than 40 knots and a range of more than 1,500 nautical miles.

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Zyvex Marine (Seattle, Wash., USA), a division of Zyvex Technologies (Columbus, Ohio, USA), announced on July 18 the global launch of the LRV-­17. The advanced Long Range Vessel is designed to combat piracy and features fuel efficiency and rough sea stabilization with a sprint speed of more than 40 knots and a range of more than 1,500 nautical miles — more than three times the range of comparatively sized vessels.

Global Maritime Security Solutions (GMSS), a leading maritime security company based in Dubai, will deploy the vessels for maritime security, including piracy protection, off the coast of Africa and surrounding areas.

The LRV-­17 is built from Arovex, a carbon fiber nanocomposite system (carbon fiber composite enhanced with carbon nanotubes), that reduces structural weight, allowing for more efficient fuel usage and increased range. Zyvex says this is the first time nanocomposites have been used as the primary material for a manned vessel.

The LRV-­17 is modeled after the Piranha Unmanned Surface Vessel, which debuted in 2010. “As the first molecular nanotechnology engineering company in the marine industry, we are proud to launch a manned vessel platform after successfully proving the unmanned platform and then introducing the industry's lightest and most durable doors, hatches and other marine closures. These applications of nanocomposites are advancing commercial and defense partners’ capabilities when it comes to safety and efficiency,” says Byron Nutley, vice president of Zyvex Technologies and general manager of Zyvex Marine.

The 17m/57-ft vessel’s deep-V hull is designed for fuel efficiency and uses an active gyroscope stabilizer for improved sea handling and decreased human fatigue factors. It is fully deployable with only two operators and can be equipped with an additional four shock-­mitigating seats for support personnel, allowing six crew to remain at sea for more than five days. Zyvex Marine performed primary design and engineering, with secondary engineering, installation and test analysis being performed by partners Pacific Coast Marine, S3 Maritime, Eltech Electric, Seakeeper and Donald L. Blount and Associates.

GMSS plans to launch a Merchant Vessel Convoy Escort Program by deploying security teams to operate two LRV-­17s to protect ships en route. According to the Council on Foreign Relations, there were 439 worldwide piracy attacks in 2011. One report estimated the piracy impact on the global economy to be $7 billion for 2011, the most detailed estimate to date.

“The new LRV-­17 boats are game changers in maritime security missions because they are the only vessels capable of long-range escort and high speeds to deal with multiple pirate threats. They need only small security teams to effectively operate,” says Rhynhardt Berrange, managing director of GMSS. “These attributes create a cost-­effective platform to ensure maritime security. The visible presence of the new vessels is expected to deter and help prevent piracy attempts and attacks.”