Cruising with a reduced footprint
Cruising with a reduced footprintBlog
Green shipbuilding reaches cruise speed with the help of ACM52, an innovative and sustainable cork-based interior primary decking solution which ensures that ships comply with safety standards while significantly reducing their carbon footprint.
Cork technology is in a strong position to make an important contribution to a cleaner, greener cruise ship industry, with greater IMO compliance. ACM52 is a new multifunctional product for interior deck covering with IMO certification that combines outstanding technical and functional performance with impeccable sustainability credentials.
A cork composite material specially designed to be used as an interior primary deck covering, of 5 to 50mm thickness on metallic substrates.
Designed in compliance with stringent fire, smoke and toxicity standards, ACM52 has exceptionally low thermal conductivity, thereby offering damping performance with acoustic benefits. Extremely lightweight – it is 2 to 5 times lighter than conventional decking – it provides comfort and performance while reducing the carbon footprint, thanks to cork’s natural characteristics and its important contribution to energy savings.
Because its main constituent is cork, a 100% natural, reusable and recyclable material, ACM52 stands out as a particularly valuable solution for sustainable deck construction, in compliance with the industry’s safety standards.
Tested to IMO resolution MSC.307 (88) - FTP Code 2010 against fire protection requirements, ACM52 is certified in accordance with the MARINE EQUIPMENT DIRECTIVE 2014/90/EU (MED) and EU-US MRA (MED category A. 1/3.1 & USCG category 164.106, including MCA & Transport of Canada), bearing the MED Wheelmark of conformity.
Cork's air filled closed cell structure enables inherent damping of structural noise transmission, such as step noise and impacts throughout the decking surface and consequently increased acoustic performance.
ACM52 structure has a low thermal conductivity of 0,065 W/mºK across a wide temperature range, resulting in energy savings and reduced condensation. This attribute enhances passenger comfort like no other primary decking material.
Due to the material’s composition, besides its leveling and fairing function, it fosters a significant weight reduction, since it is 2 to 5 times lighter than conventional primary decking solutions in the market. This has a direct impact on the vessel’s final weight and stability, improving vessel performance and rating.
The main constituent of ACM52 is cork, which is 100% natural, reusable and recyclable. A sustainable product that guarantees protection against risks to human health and the environment, in compliance with current REACH regulations, contributing to energy savings.
ACM52 is produced in a sheet format that can be trimmed, sanded and machined with regular tools or equipment to obtain the desired finish or contour of the primary decking.