Air Supported Vessel
On last 21stDecember2014, both companies have announced signature of an agreement for exploitation of Air Supported Vessels(ASV)technology. This agreement allows Atlanticeagle Shipbuilding (AES) to produce high performance hulls with ASV technology under Effect Ships International (ESI) license.
Atlanticeagle Shipbuilding, Lda, the Portuguese company owner of Mondego Shipyard joins the Norwegian company Effect Ships International AS, which holds the patent for this new technology. An amount around twelve million euro was invested to develop this innovation.The prestigious prize “Power Boat of the Year Innovation Award” in Dusseldorf, Germany, was earned.
The ASV technology will remain property of Effect Ships International, however this collaboration will give Atlanticeagle Shipbuilding an exclusive right to construct “Air Supported Vessels” in Portugal.
This technology is based,mainly, on the design of the vessel’s hull where is created an air cushion that reduces friction between the hull and the water, which results in greater speed andless energy consumer than conventional models:
“For vessels operated several thousands of hours per year, a net reduction in fuel consumption of 30% means a massive impact on the overall operational economy of any vessel; naval or commercial. Adding significantly reduced emissions, reduced wake wash and a more comfortable “air cushioned” ride; the new concept will represent a technological shift for several operations”, emphasize Carlos Costa.
Construction will typically be light weightedaluminum or steel for constructions length between 12 and 100 meters.
Atlanticeagle Shipbuilding will start introducing ASV technology for new constructions on Fast Patrol Boats, Offshore Crew Transfer and Fast Commercial Ferries.
“We find it essential to get the first ASVs in the water for allowing our clients to test out and experience the benefits of the new concept first hand.There are already shipowners interested in this new technology” says Carlos Costa (CEO ofAtlanticeagle Shipbuilding).