A composite lightweight cabin proposal is gaining traction, as a UK consortium now consisting of composite specialist PE Composites and marine interior refurbishment specialist Trimline has secured further co-funding from the UK’s Innovation Agency, Innovate UK, according to a press release.
The lightweight cabins, according to the group, help improve vessel efficiency by increasing the number of staterooms, as well as improving vessel stability and offering lower emissions (less weight).
During the next phase, PEC and Trimline will focus on reducing the cabin production cost and by the end of 2018 will develop a pilot production plant capable of making several hundred cabins per year.
The project will also design a full production plant to satisfy the predicted increasing demand. Cabins will carry MED and other certification relevant to each application and region.