FRP Boat Manufacturing In India – An Indigenization approach

FRP: Advantages and Market Fibre Reinforced Plastics (FRP) is a composite material made of a polymer matrix reinforced with fibres. FRP manufactured parts provide unique properties such as: High strength-to-weight ratio Design freedom to make complicated parts High levels of stiffness Chemical resistance Retention of dimensional stability across a wide range of temperatures Low construction costs and ease of fabrication The use of FRP has increased recently in marine structures with a minimum of engineering analysis and design evolution. Although fiberglass has been used for many years in small recreational and high-performance boats, a range of new composite materials are now being utilized for various applications. Fiber-reinforced plastic composites will continue to supplant conventional materials. FRP material demand has been increasing on an average 4.7% annually. Out of total FRP industry in India, Marine applications contribute to 2% of the total market share. (Reference: NGN Composites- 2007) Classification of FRP boats Over last 50 years of FRP boat-building experience stands behind today’s new generation FRP composite boats. Complex configurations and the advantages of seamless hulls are the main driving factors in the development of FRP boats. Following are the broad level classification of FRP boats: Recreation Industry Power Boat Motor Yachts Sail Boats Canoes & Kayaks Lifeboats Passenger / Crew Boats Commercial Application Fishing Lifeboats Utility Vessels Passenger Ferries Ambulance … Continue reading FRP Boat Manufacturing In India – An Indigenization approach

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An Indian Perspective for World Maritime Day: Connecting Ships, Ports, and People

One of the most important factors for smooth maritime trade and travel is adequate safety for ships, ports, and people. The theme for World maritime Day, 2017 connects these three key elements, celebrating the interrelation of the diverse aspects of the marine industry. In continuation to 2016’s line of thought, the theme continues to explore the different ways in which shipping is indispensable to the world. Maritime safety and security is and has ever been an integral part of marine activities. However, for a long time, the shipping industry has been reactive about the safety of ships and people, learning from its failures. In recent years, the IMO has identified all natural and manmade causes that can impede the travel of the ships, such as weather hazards, piracy, war, technological difficulties, cyber infringement, terrorism, stowaways, and smuggling as threats to smooth sea trade and is prompt in taking action against these to ensure that ship and port security is not compromised. The International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) code is the IMO’s principal framework for mandatory and non-mandatory safety measures that need to be taken by all member nations for maritime security. Several new measures have been put in place with the view of meeting IMO’s goals for sustainable development. Members of the UN associated with marine trade have … Continue reading An Indian Perspective for World Maritime Day: Connecting Ships, Ports, and People

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Inflatable Rescue Boat – An Indispensable Companion for Ships

Seafarers have always been conscientious about safety measures when it comes to navigating the open seas. Rescue boats are an integral part of these safety measures and are used for a variety of applications across the world. Rescue boats can comprise of lifeboats as well as liferafts. The importance of adequate rescue craft was realized after the disastrous voyage of the Titanic, where over 1500 people died due to lack of sufficient lifeboats. As a result, the SOLAS treaty was launched to prevent loss of life at sea. Over the years, there have been many significant amendments to the principal regulations for lifeboats and boats for rescue operations. In addition, per the amendments to the SOLAS treaty in 1983, every ship is required to carry enough lifeboats so that every passenger and member of the crew aboard the ship is evacuated safely in case of an emergency. In addition, enough liferafts for an additional 25% of the passenger capacity are to be maintained aboard for all international voyages. Liferafts are typically used for coastal applications as stringent safety norms prevent their use in deep seas. Offshore and ocean liferafts are designed to be sturdier and protect the occupants from rough weather, with survival kits for up to a maximum of 30 days. On the other hand, modern rescue lifeboats are … Continue reading Inflatable Rescue Boat – An Indispensable Companion for Ships

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