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Nautintec presents innovative pilot boat

07-16-2007 09:33 PM CET | Logistics & Transport

Press release from: Nautintec Catamarans GmbH

/ PR Agency: JDB Media GmbH
The Nautintec pilot boat 'Fintry Two' (© Nautintec)

The Nautintec pilot boat 'Fintry Two' (© Nautintec)

During the 41st members’ general meeting of the European Maritime Pilots’ Association (EMPA) in Bremen, the Hamburg company Nautintec presented a hitherto unique concept in commercial shipbuilding with its ‘Fintry Pilot Vessel’: the combination of the tried-and-tested catamaran design with a new composite structure made of epoxy resins and carbon fibres. On the last day of the event, more than 50 congress participants from over 20 countries took the opportunity to view the fully functional prototype ‘Fintry Two’, which has already been extensively tested by various pilot associations.

The pilot ship was introduced to the international guests at the 41st EMPA members’ general meeting at a centrally located pontoon in the port of Bremen. After a short presentation of the new catamaran, there was sufficient time for a comprehensive tour and interesting background talks with Nautintec product developer Klaus Vorwerk. Marc Schulz, the CEO of Nautintec Catamarans GmbH, was also on site. ‘Kiel pilots have already been able to convince themselves of the benefits of our catamarans in intensive practice tests. Now their international colleagues can also gain a detailed insight into our unique concept. The positive feedback would suggest that the criteria of functionality, longevity and cost efficiency will play an increasingly important role in the use of commercial ships,’ is how Schulz summarises the great interest of the congress participants in Nautintec.

What is already being used successfully in aeroplane construction, with high-sea yachts and in racing monocoques is now being used in the construction of pilot ships: epoxy resins and carbon fibres make the pilot catamarans from Nautintec considerably lighter, more stable and above all more durable than conventional aluminium ships. The construction as a catamaran is an innovation per se on its own as pilot ships have been designed only as mono-hulled boats up to now. It is thus possible to achieve higher speeds and a reduction in fuel consumption of up to 35 per cent compared to mono-hulled ships, whilst retaining the same engine output. Furthermore, the composite design facilitates a lifetime of more than 20 to 25 years; a residual value of approximately 50 per cent of the initial investment is to be anticipated after 20 years. The ‘Fintry Pilot Vessel’ workboat is built and accepted according to the rules of the British Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the rules for high-speed craft (IMO High Speed Craft Code 2000). In the classification survey by the technical testing organization Bureau Veritas, the ‘Fintry Two’ was operated at 29 knots and the consumption per engine was less than seven litres per nautical mile.

About Nautintec

Nauintec was founded in 2006 as a subsidiary of Fintry Marine Ltd. From its offices in Hamburg, Monaco and London, the company markets commercial catamarans made from an innovative composite structure consisting of epoxy resins and carbon fibres. Nautintec’s international structure and the specialist knowledge of its European shipping experts enable the company to cooperate with the best designers, architects and shipyards. This, in conjunction with the positive attributes of its production materials, results in highly resilient and, above all, efficient vessels that are built to last.

Media contact:

Björn Köcher
Schanzenstr. 70
20357 Hamburg
Fon +49 (0)40 46 88 32-14
Fax +49 (0)40 46 88 32-32

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