Nauti-Craft signs marine tech agreement

31/01/2020 - 13:20

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Dunsborough-based Nauti-Craft has taken a notable step toward commercialising its marine suspension technology in global markets after signing an agreement with Yanmar Shipbuilding & Engineering Co.

Nauti-Craft signs marine tech agreement
Yanmar's suspension boat concept using Nauti-Craft's tech at the 2018 Japan International Boat Show.

Dunsborough-based Nauti-Craft has taken a notable step toward commercialising its marine suspension technology in global markets after signing an agreement with Yanmar Shipbuilding & Engineering Co.

Nauti-Craft says its Marine Suspension System (MSS) helps to improve the ride, handling, comfort and safety of marine vessels.

In 2018, the company received the Royal Institution of Naval Architects/QinetiQ Maritime Innovation Award for its development of the MSS technology.

The award was presented to Nauti-Craft founder and chairman Chris Heyring at RINA’s annual dinner in London, held in April 2019.

Mr Heyring said the agreement with Yanmar will allow the shipbuilding company to commercialise its boats using MSS.

“Yanmar is a great global company with a rich marine heritage,” he said.

“We are looking forward to supporting Yanmar as it develops and commericalises this exciting technology towards bringing it to the global market.”

Nauti-Craft said it would explore global market applications through Yanmar’s connections.

Cooperation between Nauti-Craft and Yanmar began in 2016, when Yanmar evaluated the MSS technology by building a 10-metre suspension boat concept.

Yanmar showcased the concept at the Japan International Boat Show in Yokohama two years later.

Yanmar Shipbuilding & Engineering Co president Masanobu Horii said the enhanced stability of the boat gives it smoother handling, resulting in enhanced boat safety and reduced passenger fatigue.

“We are very excited to be developing a boat that incorporates the latest technology in the marine domain,” he said.

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