Search & Rescue Lifeboat

Solico engineered a full glass fibre composite wheelhouse for the new KNRM Search & Rescue lifeboat SAR NH1816.

The composite design, with integrated functions, has to ensure the crew safety in all weather and sea conditions, whilst the lifeboat is being operated at maximum speeds. In this case, the comfort of the crew is the limiting factor for the maximum speed rather than the strength of the constructions. 

To verify the lifeboat strength, the heaviest load case, i.e. a roll-over, was performed at Damen Gorichem. After successful tests carried out in December 2013, the lifeboat met the necessary standards and requirements of the customer.

Damen Shipyards
Integration of functions

By combining functions such as strength and insulation in one product, a composite solution is often more cost effective than the sum of traditional solutions.


The specific weight of composites varies between 1.5 and 2.0 compared to 2.7 to 7.8 for aluminium and steel.

Chemical/corrosion resistance

Composite materials are resistant to a lot of chemical products such as acids, hydroxides, crude oil, etc. Corrosion resistance against salt and seawater is excellent.

Low maintenance

Steel structures typically require periodic maintenance such as conservation and paint systems to prevent corrosion. Composites are not susceptible to corrosion resulting in lower Life-cycle costs.

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