ROCKWOOL introduces lightweight stone wool solutions

ROCKWOOL© Technical Insulation, worldwide market leader in technical insulation, has introduced a range of lightweight stone wool fire boards, suitable for maritime and offshore applications. This product range, new generation SeaRox FB 6000, has been tested and approved for main A-class rated steel constructions especially targeting passenger ships, naval ships, offshore modules and supply vessels, where weight savings are essential.

The breakthrough SeaRox FB 6000 product range makes it possible to create solutions that are up to 40% lighter in weight, whilst retaining all the insulation benefits of genuine stone wool. These include highest fire safety, excellent acoustic properties, highest water repellency grade – lowest water absorption, and outstanding thermal insulation.

Increasingly, ship owners, shipbuilders, naval architects and marine engineers face pressure to improve performance in terms of safety, environmental protection, efficient operation and resource conservation, as well as energy efficiency, reduction of CO2 emissions and efforts to mitigate climate change. The new generation SeaRox FB 6000 range helps to address these challenges by combining the solid product performances in fire, thermal and acoustic insulation of ROCKWOOL stone wool with an exceptional lower weight.

The weight savings significantly reduce energy consumption and emissions, resulting in substantial financial benefits. An additional benefit is that the weight saving also increases design flexibility, making it possible to place additional equipment on board which may result in a further positive economic benefit.

Like all ROCKWOOL Technical Insulation products, SeaRox FB 6000 range is subject to the requirements in EUCEB (The European Certification Board for Mineral Wool Products) with an external conformity inspection as guarantee for the quality. EUCEB certifies that the mineral fiber is exonerated from classification and provides the highest level of health and safety on board. Furthermore, the new lightweight constructions have been MED approved by Det Norske Veritas (DNV-GL) and are being certified by the main classification societies.

Luc Smeets, Business Development & Marketing Director of ROCKWOOL Technical Insulation, comments: “Thanks to our wide range of excellent and innovative stone wool insulation products, we have been one of the biggest suppliers within the shipbuilding industry and offshore for many decades. Today, with the introduction of SeaRox FB 6000 range we have set a new standard for the maritime sector, helping to reduce the weight of naval vessels and platforms while at the same time meeting the stringent requirements regarding fire safety and comfort on board.”

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Adapted from a press release by Louise Mulhall

Published on 12/10/2015

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