Waterbus composite ferry

Solico engineered the complete structure of the Damen Waterbus composite ferry, consisting of hulls, deck and superstructure. The waterbus concept is built around flexibility in configurations which can be changed even when production has already started. To date, this one of these ferries can be seen cruising the waters of Antwerp. 

Damen Shipyards

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


Slender constructions and seamless fa├žades are examples of aesthetics driven design. These type of structures are impossible to construct with traditional materials.

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.

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.

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