INNOVATION: Lightweight Composite Cabin Unveiled

An incredible new Lightweight Composite Cabin which will revolutionise the shipping sector was unveiled in Southampton yesterday.

This innovation has been funded by the UK Government’s ‘Innovate UK’ and DSTL.

A consortium of market leading companies and advisory bodies including Carnival UK, Gurit (UK) Limited, PE Composites Limited, University of Southampton, TRIMLINE LIMITED and Lloyd’s Register have been involved with its design, engineering, manufacturing and fitting out.

This highly innovative prototype is half the weight of a typical cabin and complies with the prescriptive requirements of the FTP Code.

Tom Royle, from Wizz Consultancy was inspired to design the module and knows the number one attraction this cabin will have, he said:

“Reducing topside weight is becoming an increasing problem for naval architects as the trend for larger capacity ships continues. With this Lightweight Composite Cabin, the weight of each cabin is typically halved. This could open up opportunities for more cabins to be added to ships, without the added weight.”

He added, “I believe we have finally created something which is the future for anyone working with the building or maintenance of ships.”

The four main benefits this Lightweight Cabin Module may bring are:

  • Increased revenue
  • Increased cabins
  • Improved stability
  • Improved vessel efficiency

Yesterday’s launch included access to a display cabin which has been assembled and fitted out like a cruise cabin to highlight the incredible high quality finish these modules can provide.

THE CONSORTIUM WILL BE SHOWCASING THE LIGHTWEIGHT COMPOSITE CABIN AT SMM IN HAMBURG IN SEPTEMBER (STAND 200).

For further information on this innovation please contact NEIL QUINLAN at Trimline at neil.quinlan@trimline.mydevsite1.co.uk

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