15 August 2017
15 August 2017
A four-year agreement under which Sigmatex supplied carbon fibre materials to Özata Shipyard in Turkey has drawn to a completion.
Özata Shipyard in Tuzla, Istanbul, was tasked by Izmir Metropolitan Municipality to build a series of passenger ferries to ease traffic congestion in the city. The Sigmatex agreement, signed in 2013, led to the supply of 300 tonnes of non-crimp fabric (NCF) and unidirectional (UD) carbon textiles over the term of the four-year project. The delivery of materials saw each of the 15-strong fleet completed in eight months, delivered in 90-day intervals.
The ‘Ships of the Future’ are built from carbon fibre and have a longer life expectancy than a steel equivalent, combined with a lighter construction and lower fuel consumption. The ferries were constructed for use as sea transport vehicles and the final vessel in the fleet is expected to be commissioned by the fourth quarter of 2017.
Photo provided by Sigmatex
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