Maritime Transport Industry
MED-approved materials and the most commonly used plastics in the maritime industry
Aikolon supplies plastic and composite materials for the maritime industry as sheets, and as products made to specifications.
The requirements and approval procedures in place in the EU are specified in Directive 2014/90/EU on marine equipment. In Finland, the directive was implemented in law with the Marine Equipment Act (1503/2011).
Wheel mark The directive on marine equipment is designed to ensure the safety and quality of the equipment of vessels operating under the flag of an EU member state. In practice, compliance with the requirements of the directive can be demonstrated with MED approval, indicated by the wheel mark label on the product.
Interior decor materials used on cruise ships must meet the fire safety requirements of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a specialised agency of the United Nations. If a vessel sails under the EU flag, the products on board must be MED-approved in line with the Marine Equipment Directive.
The ship equipment manufacturer must affix the wheel mark on any equipment that meets the requirements set in Section 4, Sub-section 1 and that has been manufactured in line with the compliance assessment procedure. Instead of the wheel mark or in addition to it, the ship equipment manufacturer may also use an electronic ID pursuant to the Marine Equipment Directive.
Aikolon Oy is a member of the YardMate network. YardMate is a shipbuilding consortium that supports the operations of shipyards and their subcontractors.
Marine applications for plastics
On ships, plastics and composite materials are typically used in balcony partition walls, cabin walls and ceilings, furnishing, illuminated signs and advertising boards, luminaire diffusers, electrical insulation, soundproofing, and machine and equipment covers.
Typical applications on boats include windscreens, roof hatches, furniture and furnishings, doors and dashboards.
|balcony partition walls||ALUCORE®|
|cabin walls and ceilings||ALUCOBOND®plus, KAPA®tech|
|illuminated signs/advertising boards||PMMA, PC, PETG,|
|luminaire diffusers||PMMA, PC DX|
|machine and device covers||PETG|
|windscreens||PMMA, PC, PETG|
|roof hatches||PMMA, PC, PETG|
|dashboard gauge backboards|
Maritime Transport Industry Guide
In this guide:
- You learn plastic and composite solutions for maritime transport industry.
- You familiriaze with suitable plastic and composite materials for the industry.
- You get familiar with the most general targets of application of plastics and composites.