Ultimate Boats delivers fully recyclable boat to Police Scotland

Posted on June 20, 2022 4:41 PM by

The Maritime Executive

[By: ExoTechnologies]

ExoTechnologies, the market-leading start-up in maritime green technologies, launches the world’s first range of fully recyclable high-performance workboats.

ExoTechnologies said its first commercial vessel was delivered to Police Scotland, built using its fully recyclable DANUTM composite material technology. ExoTechnologies claims that DANUTM is the most resource efficient composite material on the planet. The Police Scotland boat has a top speed of 50 knots and a range of 400 nautical miles.

The agreement with Police Scotland represents the culmination of a £7 million investment in research and development by ExoTechnologies. The boat is the first of a new range being built at Ultimate Boats, the Glasgow shipyard owned by ExoTechnologies. The company says it expects to create 300 jobs at the site within five years.

ExoTechnologies CEO Shane Mugan said: “We are proud that this pioneering and internationally significant project is being carried out in Scotland, by our talented workforce based in Clyde, in partnership with Police Scotland.

“Seeing the world’s first fully recyclable boat, in action, made from our DANUTM fully recyclable composite material technology is incredibly rewarding after years of research and development.

“The Police Scotland boat marks a significant step forward in the transformation of boat building, as our fully recyclable DANUTM composite material technology of superior mechanical strength has entirely replaced fibreglass, currently the most common form of building material. of boats.

“DANUTM has the potential to tackle the environmental ticking time bomb that sees 250 million kilos of fiberglass and thousands of boats thrown into landfills across Europe every year.

Mike Golding OBE, one of the world’s most accomplished and successful offshore sailors and Chairman of the World Sailing Sustainability Commission 2030, said: “Since their widespread introduction in the 1950s, fiberglass and composite materials have totally transformed the sport of sailing. Today, as we enter an “era of sustainability”, it is crucial that all future boat constructions adapt and become fully circular. Encouragingly, I’ve seen many hybrid composite solutions develop, but DANUTM is probably the most comprehensive – offering, at end of life, the ability to reuse both fiber and resin while delivering better performance than comparable building systems.

Jeroen Wats, Chief Innovation Officer of ExoTechnologies and ocean yacht racing veteran, said: “The high performance boat delivered to Police Scotland also includes our advanced ExoHullTM technology designed and developed by the internationally acclaimed Chief Designer of Ultimate Boats, John Moxham.

“What John has done is reinvent planing hull technology and hydrodynamic performance using principles that were first conceived during the development of the XB-70 Valkyrie supersonic bomber. This improves the performance of all our commercial workboats and our tactical range, producing intuitive handling, sea keeping capabilities, directional stability and comfort.It was truly amazing to work with Police Scotland and see them benefit from this revolutionary technology.

ExoTechnologies approached Police Scotland in July 2020 with the opportunity to co-design a purpose-built boat which would be offered on a research and development loan for operational use. It will be loaned to Police Scotland for a period of three years with an agreement in place that covers the cost of insurance, maintenance and upkeep.

Deputy Chief Constable Mark Williams, Head of Operational Support, said: “This unique opportunity should provide us with a high performing asset that will make a positive difference to our capability.

“We have a duty to explore new projects that aim to improve the working environment for our officers and staff, as well as the response we can provide to the public. We have worked closely with Ultimate Boats and will continue to provide feedback as officers look forward to using this asset operationally (see Notes to Editors 4).

Mr Mugan said the deal with Police Scotland was just the start for ExoTechnologies, which is looking to expand globally.

“This project exemplifies an example of a green transition path within the maritime industry,” he said.

“Ultimate Boats full range of high performance workboats includes a 13m crew transfer vessel, 11.5m multi-mission workboat and 7.5m support workboat which have already generated considerable interest from commercial and military operators.

“We are preparing to engage with potential investors and strategic partners to scale our business to realize the potential of our cutting-edge technologies capable of accelerating the green transition to a circular economy across all sectors and markets.”

The products and services described in this press release are not endorsed by The Maritime Executive.

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