Composites in the shipping industry, what are we getting ourselves into? Ships are made of steel! We know how to work with steel and you cannot weld or repair composites yourself. This is why the application and the use of composites is not a conventional choice. Composites however, offer countless advantages, such as their light weight, freedom of shape, acoustic damping, integration of functionality and reduced maintenance. But why then, doesn’t every ship at least use composites on their superstructures?
In the entire maritime sector there is an increasing acceptance and awareness for composites (read published article).