COMPA composite repairs for ships under certification with Horizon 2020 grant
as2con company from Croatia has been awarded a €0,6 million grant from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 innovation and research programme (SME Instrument Phase 2) for COMPA repair technology that in various cases offers faster, cheaper and safer alternative than the traditional cutting and welding of steel parts on board a ship.
The two-year project «COMPA 2GO – Composite Repairs for Ships: Service Demonstration, Certification and Market Entry» started in the beginning of March 2018. The grant will help as2con to demonstrate the quality of COMPA technology through laboratory and onboard tests, to receive certificates from major maritime classification societies and finally, to license the technology. Using carbon fibre reinforced plastic, COMPA repair offers a cost and time effective alternative to the traditional methods. COMPA minimizes vessel downtime and increases vessel safety by providing a fast and durable repair and eliminating the use of flame.
It is applicable to geometrically complex structures and locations difficult to reach. as2con was among 6% applicants to receive the funding, being the first Croatian company to receive financing under the highly competitive Horizon 2020 SME Instrument Phase 2 programme. COMPA technology was selected for its innovative nature and the benefits it can bring to the maritime sector. as2con, headquartered in Rijeka, Croatia, was founded in 2006 for research, development and application of innovative projects and technologies in the maritime industry. The EU’s Horizon 2020 has nearly €80 billion of funding available over seven years (2014 to 2020) for applicants from EU member states and associated countries.