Unique Airkeel from Dacoma
Dacoma launched their unique Airkeel vessel stabiliser at Seawork, this patented, air-filled appendage is mounted to the bottom of a vessel hull. It swings in an inverse-pendulum motion from side to side, actively counteracting roll motions. The swinging motion is optimised by using adaptive control based on Machine Learning/AI. Intelligent stabilisation fully ensures the best use of Airkeel in all situations, both in adverse weather and under varying load conditions of the vessel.
Its applications are in the commercial sector are for workboats up to 30-40m and can be operated in different modes on both monohulls and catamarans.
Arnd Baurichter, CEO & Founder - Dacoma, is fairly new to the maritime sector as he is an accelerator physicist by profession and the idea for this system came to him whilst eating ice cream and watching people go by on Segways!
Arnd commented, “The demonstration that we gave this morning attracted people from many different fields, including crew transfer vessels (CTV’s), workboats for construction and aquaculture and the stabilisation solution was of interest for various different applications that would offer great value for these operators. The crane capacity can be increased by Factor 2, the payload can be increase the operational range of fast light crew boats. We also received very good feedback from the visitors on what type of improvements we could make in the future that would make our product even more attractive.”
Arnd continued, “This was our first experience exhibiting at Seawork and we never expected it to be so busy! We did some marketing prior to the event and we met up with everyone that we expected and met a lot more contacts as well, so we were almost overwhelmed about the amount of activity here at our stand. It was really great and we will come back for sure. Next time we would like to bring our demo boat to the pontoons and have a stand inside as well. We gained a number of high-quality leads with great feedback.”