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Imabari pioneers use of Highly Ductile Steel

Imabari pioneers use of Highly Ductile Steel
Imabari Shipbuilding Co (Stand 4.202) arrives at Posidonia fresh from having won the Safety at Sea category at the Seatrade Awards in London last month, for its application of Highly Ductile Steel (HDS) to ship structures.

To minimise damage caused by collision, Imabari has pioneered the use of HDS, providing the industry with a viable, affordable option to reduce risk.

HDS possesses larger elongation than conventional steels while maintaining other material characteristics such a strength, toughness and weldability. The HDS plate absorbs impact to the hull up to three times more effectively than conventional steels. HDS can be characterized by its crashworthiness and ability to reduce the collision damage caused to ships.

The benefits of HDS’s application are numerous. When used on the side shell of the ship, it helps to prevent flooding, prevent mechanical damage, and protect human life and valuable cargo. When used on the fuel oil tank it can also help to prevent oil spills, protecting the environment.

Pictured presenting the award to Imabari’s executive senior managing director Kazuyuki Higaki is Tom Boardley, evp and global head of corporate & external affairs for Lloyd’s Register, the Award sponsor, as well as guest of honour Kitack Lim, secretary-general of the IMO, and Seatrade chairman Chris Hayman.