Next generation hull technology
Our patented technology enables boats to glide on a cushion of air which reduces energy usage by 50% compared to conventional technology! This reduces CO2 emissions, enables battery or other zero-carbon propulsion solutions and significantly reduces costs.
Our hulls are a mix of catamaran, monohulls and hovercrafts – gaining the upside from each technology: soft motion and increased comfort and seakeeping capabilities from the air chamber, increased stability of a catamaran and reduced hull complexity as from a monohull. Additional benefits are significantly reduced waves – highly beneficial in sheltered waters.
We take SES to the mass markets
Surface Effect Ships (SES) is a term for boats that are lifted out of the water by pressurized air, and is a well-proven technology often being used in high-performance military applications. A problem with traditional SES is the costly high maintenance rubber skirt and air bag that is used to contain the air. Our patented solution is simply air cushion cavity integrated into the hull – eliminating the use for skirt and bag. This is how SES will be brought to the mass markets.
Yes – 50% energy savings!
It is an established fact in the maritime domain that SES is highly energy efficient, and our full scale prototype shows 50% plus reduced fuel consumption compared to conventional hulls – with third-party testing from Motor Boat & Yachting November 2010.
SES-X hull technology combined with electric propulsion system, will take the total energy usage down one order of magnitude compared to conventional diesel vessels.
Significant wave reduction
Wake wash reduction - enabling faster travel in coastal regions and congested waters - a highly sought after feature for fast commuter ferries and fast work boats.
Full scale concept verification through two pilot boats
BB Green: The world’s first 20 m and 30 knots fast battery powered commuter ferry with Volvo Penta IPS propulsion. Design Studio Sculli, construction at Latitude Yachts, Latvia.
Tuco workboat: 2015, Tuco Soft Motion Demonstrator, 18m crew transfer ferry , powered by 2 diesel-driven Volvo Penta 600 pod drives / IPS - operating at 37 knots. At a speed of 25 knots, the total system (propulsion and air lift fan) fuel consumption is only 3,0 liters per nautical mile, at 30 knots speed, and 3,3 liters per nautical mile.
Technology is a result of decades and 20MUSD in R&D
2500 towing tank model tests at SSPA in Sweden have contributed to the development, test and verification of the hull technology and design principles for a series of ship concepts. This has resulted in optimized hull parameters and solid understanding of the boat behavior in various sea states.
Our unique hull technology is patented worldwide.