The main objective of the FIBRESHIP project is to develop a new EU-based market for complete large-length ships in Fibre-Reinforced Polymers (FRP). The comprehensive adoption and use of FRP materials are expected to result in:
• significant reduction of structural weight (30%)
• corresponding impact on fuel savings (15%)
• increased ship stability
• positive environmental impact through reduced greenhouse gas emissions and underwater noise as well as increased capacity and recycling rate (75%)
FIBRESHIP will develop a catalogue of applicable materials and joining techniques recommended by classification societies. These will particularly benefit long-term structural strength and fire resistance. To facilitate the far-reaching adoption of FRP innovative design procedures and guidelines, supported by validated software analysis tools, will be developed during the course of the project.
FIBRESHIP will focus on three representative vessel categories: container vessel, ferry and fishing research vessel, where it will implement standardised efficient production methodologies and deliver a proof of concept through a large-scale demonstrator. The FIBRESHIP project advances a revolutionary FRP-based concept in shipbuilding that promises enormous benefits for industry, owners, and the environment.