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

lightweight fire-resistant composite and biocomposite panels

State of the Art

The use of non-metallic lightweight structures for critical applications in SOLAS ships remains very limited despite several successful technology demonstrations. Tincludes recent advances in fields such as biocomposites and fire-retardant materials. However, relevant industry test data is lacking to support the use of such materials in maritime applications. Furthermore, production, assembly and outfitting processes are not sufficiently developed for shipyard needs. As such, steel structures continue to dominate. 


Sustainable lightweight components using bio-based and other innovative materials will be assessed for maritime use. These will integrate a range of functionality including reduced weight, equivalent fire safety (to steel), and improved thermal and acoustic insulation. The development will focus on the up-scaled production of panel-based structures, including connecting and outfitting elements for efficient assembly and installation. The target fire class is up to A-60 and B-30 (minutes to withstand fire), with a thermal conductivity < 0.4 W/mK, and a weighted sound reduction index > 38 dB.


A wide range of applications in ships (decks, bulkheads, walls) and offshore. Potential also in rail vehicles and buildings. Significant greening potential through bio-based and recyclable/reusable materials and components.