Effebi at the 50th edition of the exhibition Euronaval 2018
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 3:56 PM
Effebi, Italian builder of commercial and patrol craft known for its versatile approach to customer demands combined with 30 years of expertise in building boats of up to 50 meters, will be attending the Euronaval International Naval Defense and Maritime Exhibition from 23rd to 27th October 2018 (Hall 2 – stand G169).
“We strongly believe in our presence at this event”, declared Katia Balducci, Managing Director of Effebi. “Euronaval is an important exhibition for us to present our latest projects.”
In the last two years, Effebi has intensified its focus on the future with the innovative “Sand” marine drone project designed alongside Meccano Engineering Srl and Ids Ingegneria dei sistemi, thanks to important financing from the Regione Toscana. The project assisted by Navigo Innovazione e Sviluppo della nautica centro servizi Toscano.
Thanks to a strong cooperation between the project actors and Rina and RTI (Raggruppamento temporaneo d’impresa), “Sand” will be classified both Fast Patrol Vessel and Unmanned (following the requirements developed by Rina). “The product will be modular and highly technological”, explains Katia Balducci, Managing Director at Effebi, “this means that with few adjustments it can be used for various purposes; from the assistance and rescue of immigrants at sea to the monitoring of environmental conditions”.
The first drone unit, remote-controlled naval surface vessel, is currently under construction at the Effebi plant in Avenza (MS).
The collaboration between Meccano Engineering Srl (naval, merchant and military design) and Ids (engineering of technologically complex systems) for the design of these marine drones have given shape to the first 16-metre vessel, a unique and unprecedented modular model.
The idea of creating a modular marine drone stems from reflecting on the needs of a unit able to cover a number of tasks, from sea rescue and hydrographic research to the monitoring of environmental conditions. To date, in fact, these tasks are covered by various naval units, not just one; with the marine drone project, a number of uses will be combined in one single system.
Another distinctive characteristic of these drones, is their use in the absence of on-board personnel (unmanned vehicles) by means of an automatic pilot which will take control of the wheel house; it can also host other personnel on-board to command in traditional style, availing of priority commands over any instruction coming from a distance.
At Euronaval the home control station of SAND will be shown, integrated with the ship simulator training system, to provide a demonstration of the Virtual Pilot of the USV.
Effebi is taking part to a tender for the production of 44-metre Coast Patrol Vessel destined to the Italian Guardia di Finanza in a project co-financed by Europe – Frontex, whose first unit is due to delivery within end 2020.