Zyvex Technologies launches maritime division

Zyvex launches Seattle-based Zyvex Marine following the introduction of the carbon nanotube-enhanced Piranha unmanned water vessel.

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Zyvex Technologies (Columbus, Ohio, USA) announced on Nov. 4 that it has launched a new division, Zyvex Marine. The new division's mission is to design and build advanced maritime platforms. Zyvex Marine shipped its first production boat, a lightweight 54-ft/16.4m vessel, this month.

In early 2009, the world's first commercialized carbon nanotube enhanced (CNTe) carbon fiber material, Arovex, enabled the design of a prototype vessel called the 540SE. Setting new standards for fuel efficiency and performance, the lightweight 540SE hull offered a 75 percent reduction in fuel consumption costs, translating to increased range and lower operating costs.

In 2010, Zyvex manufactured its first prototype craft, the Piranha, taking it from the drawing board and into the water in less than a year. "Any company can unveil an eye-catching concept or a photo render of a boat," said Russell Belden, vice president of fesign at Zyvex Marine, "We built the Piranha and proved that our designs and technology deliver unmatched performance."

Zyvex Marine is headquartered near Seattle, Wash. USA. The estimated $2 million Piranha has already demonstrated a fuel consumption rate of 12 gal/hr at a cruising speed of 24 knots. Compared to a traditional boat's consumption of 50 gal/hr, a 54-ft craft from Zyvex offers a 75 percent reduction in fuel consumption costs. Zyvex Marine is developing new maritime platforms based on the Piranha's success and customer demand. Two new platforms will be unveiled later this year.

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