The FReD structural fire protection panels were a minimum of 18% lighter than the previous panels, which helped Incat’s vessel achieve required speeds while minimizing fuel burn and emissions. Reduced weight also enables ships to operate in shallower waters and can be used to lower the center of gravity to decrease uncomfortable roll and pitch motions.

Incat installed the FReD structural fire protection panels on the Volcan de Taidia, a 111-meter-long ferry handed over to Spanish ferry operator Naveira Armas in July 2021. From start to finish, the FReD panels were designed, developed, tested, certified and installed into the Volcan de Taidia in a little over 2 years – extremely fast given the complexity of the project.

Patrice Aylward is a freelance writer in Cleveland. Email comments to paylward@aol.com.

The FReD structural fire protection panels were installed on the 111-meter-long ferry Volcan de Taidia in July 2021. The ship was built by Incat Tasmania for Spanish ferry operator Naveira Armas SA.

Photo Credit: AYRES Composite Panels