Modular RoRo deck

Modular decks for RoRo vessels (non-metallic)

Custom-made hull

Custom made hull for offshore vessel

Fully outfitted and modularised cabin

Multi material lightweight cabin for passenger ships

Panel system (bio-based and other)

Lightweight components for high loads and fire class

Composite block on steel deck

Composite superstructure module on steel deck for multi purpose vessels

Versatile walls

Integration of system for internal walls and superstructure
of cruise ships into shipyard processes

Lightweight rudder flap

Lightweight rudder flap

3D-printed propeller blade

Propeller blades by additive manufacturing

Panel system (truss structure)

Modular light system for less critical internal walls and superstructure

Aluminium composite panels

Lightweight aluminium and composite walls for work boats

High tensile steel decks

Lightweight decks using high tensile steel in cruise ships

Design details (high tensile steel)

Highly loaded structural details from high tensile steel
in passenger and research vessels

Patch repair - composite overlays

Composite overlay to repair and improve metallic and
non-metallic structures

RoRo deck

custom-made hull

cabin system

aluminium panels


versatile walls

rudder flap

propeller blade

truss structures

bio-based panels

steel decks

steel details

patch repair

Realisation and Demonstration of Advanced Material Solutions
for Sustainable and Efficient Ships

Substantial industrial gains

Led by Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) and Damen Gorinchem (DSGo) in cooperation with InfraCore Company, Evonik, Airborne UK and TNO a 6m high hull section made out of composite material has been developed scaling up the composite technology and capability to design, produce and market complete composite vessels up to 85 m length that comply with SOLAS and class regulations. In addition, the partners pioneered the capability to infuse thick laminates up to 6 meters in height that represent full ship hull structures.

Unique in this demonstrator project is that the whole cycle from product design, novel resin development, alternative fibre architectures, novel joining solutions, scaling up infusion technology, validation of large composite structures, and its risk based design are being developed and tested, all under the auspices of classification society Bureau Veritas (BV).


Damen Gorinchem prepared the baseline design comparing traditional steel scantlings, sandwich panels, and monolithic structures. The production partners InfraCore Company and Airborne UK have been performing the process engineering incorporating their composites experience into the design.

One-shot vertical infusion

Unique in this project is to realize the infusion of such hull structure vertically up to 6 meters in height.This key milestone has been successfully achieved by the penultimate vertical infusion trials. Both InfraCore as well as Airborne have demonstrated that they can infuse hull sections for 6 meter high hulls with their technology of traditional sandwich structures by AEL and the representative oblique layers structure by InfraCore. Also robustness will be demonstrated as impact representative for actual helicopter emergency loading will be demonstrated on the oblique layers helicopter deck as well as on the sandwich side shell.

RAMSSES partner Evonik has been developing the resin in various iterations in close collaboration with the production partners focusing on the best balance between flow characteristics at different infusion temperatures and mechanical properties such as toughness.TNO will perform full scale tests for validation of design, quality management and structural performance. BV, as a Classification Society, offers consultancy and advice, resulting in a smart track to approval guideline. Currently many of the parts, including demonstrator outer shell, decks, and bulkheads have been produced by Airborne and InfraCore. Assembly at the steel yard is currently being prepared by Infracore as well as Damen. However due to the current COVID 19 restrictions, actual assembly is currently in delay.

A Fast Track to Approval

The process definition for approval has been developed in close cooperation with RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Netherlands Maritime Technology Foundation and Bureau Veritas. Bureau Veritas has defined a first draft of the approval process to be considered within RAMSSES project, and Damen demonstrator case will be used as a reference case for an innovative smart track to approval (FTtA) process. Concerning fire safety, a HazId (Hazard Identification) has been performed with RISE and Bureau Veritas to address all fire risks. Fire performance criteria have been defined as well and will be tested and validated at RISE facilities.

We congratulate the RAMSSES partners on this great success!

Our latest News

July 24th, 2020 · Event

Key Milestone reached

The team around DAMEN unveiled the recently assembled full scale composite ship’s hull section they have been developing these past three years.

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February 5, 2020 · Event

The FIBRESHIP and RAMSSES joint approach “Towards Safety of Composite Ships”, was presented in London (UK) during the last IMO SDC7 (Ship Design and Construction Comitee) at IMO headquarters...

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August 26, 2019 · News

It is with sadness that the RAMSSES consortium has acknowledged that our project partner and friend, Tord Gustafsson, passed away.

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June 19, 2019 · News

Summary: E-LASS in Vigo

In June, E-LASS gathered stakeholders in Vigo, Spain to discuss maritime lightweight materials and solutions.

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June 11-14, 2019 · Event

Next E-Lass Event in Vigo, Spain

The next E-LASS event will be arranged in Vigo, Spain, again jointly with the RAMSSES project.

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