Modular RoRo deck

Modular decks for RoRo vessels (non-metallic)

Custom-made hull

Custom made hull for offshore vessel

Fully outfitted and modularised cabin

Multi material lightweight cabin for passenger ships

Panel system (bio-based and other)

Lightweight components for high loads and fire class

Composite block on steel deck

Composite superstructure module on steel deck for multi purpose vessels

Versatile walls

Integration of system for internal walls and superstructure
of cruise ships into shipyard processes

Lightweight rudder flap

Lightweight rudder flap

3D-printed propeller blade

Propeller blades by additive manufacturing

Panel system (truss structure)

Modular light system for less critical internal walls and superstructure

Aluminium composite panels

Lightweight aluminium and composite walls for work boats

High tensile steel decks

Lightweight decks using high tensile steel in cruise ships

Design details (high tensile steel)

Highly loaded structural details from high tensile steel
in passenger and research vessels

Patch repair - composite overlays

Composite overlay to repair and improve metallic and
non-metallic structures

RoRo deck

custom-made hull

cabin system

aluminium panels


versatile walls

rudder flap

propeller blade

truss structures

bio-based panels

steel decks

steel details

patch repair

The FIBRESHIP and RAMSSES joint approach "towards safety of composite ships" at IMO

February 5, 2020 · Event


The FIBRESHIP and RAMSSES joint approach “Towards Safety of Composite Ships”, was presented in London (UK) during the last IMO SDC7 (Ship Design and Construction Comitee) at  IMO headquarters. Both European R&D projects, RAMSSES and FIBRESHIP, share similar goals on the using of FRP (Fibre-Reinforced Polymers) in the Shipping and Shipbuilding industry but with different approaches to face the technical challenges in terms of fire safety and structural performance. The presentation was possible thanks to the actions of the Dutch delegation at IMO, proposing a lunch-presentation of the 2 projects participated by more than 12 European countries. This lunch-presentation was introduced and moderated by Arnold deBruijn (NMT – Netherlands Maritime Technology) on behalf of the Dutch delegation.

At the beginning of the presentation, the general outline was stated by Stéphane Paboeuf from Bureau Veritas, and both motivations and the current regulatory framework were described as well as the different approach developed for each project in terms of the time line.

Secondly, the FIBRESHIP project was described by Alfonso Jurado (FIBRESHIP coordinator, from TSI - TÉCNICAS Y SERVICIOS DE INGENIERÍA ), defining its main particulars and goals to enable the designing, construction and operation of large-length vessels over 500 GT fully in composites. Furthermore, the potential benefits of the use of these materials was presented as well as the main outcomes of FIBRESHIP, such as the structural designing of three vessel, the development of structural and fire performance criteria as the basis of future standards, the current market readiness of some vessels segments according to smooth scale increasing and the most significant result of the project: the FIBRESHIP demonstrator (, consisting of a ship block of a 85m length fishing research vessel fully in composites.

Subsequently, the RAMSSES project was described by Matthias Krause (RAMSSES coordinator, from CMT - Center of Maritime Technologies) defining their motivations and goals regarding the demonstration of advance material solutions for sustainable and efficient ships, being a short-term approach based on existing rules and technology to include new lightweight materials in vessels. All the demo cases of RAMSSES were identified and it was explained the Smart Track to Approval, a strategy to obtain the certification considering stakeholders actions and several factors (technical, standards, methodologies, validations, etc.). The standard fire risk scenario developed in RAMSSES was described, specifying its accordance with FTP Code; as well as the innovation platform used for gather all the data regarding the use of FRP in the shipbuilding sector.

Last but not least, the general findings were explained stating the advantages of composites, the feasibility to build larger vessels in composites and the development of a new approach for fire division rating and a fire global approach to assess the fire risk.

This dissemination action was carried out with the objective of engaging IMO members to schedule the evaluation of MSC Circ. 1574 and potential use of composites in the next IMO SDC9 (2022) session. Considering the fact that it will be a long path to set a new regulatory framework, nevertheless, we hope that the interest of the marine stakeholders as well as the results, innovations, developments and conclusions from RAMSSES, FIBRESHIP and other projects focused on the FRP for large-length vessels can be useful for the process and the IMO Member States.

The presentation is availabe for download here: link