Building Ships (Composite)

Fibre-reinforced plastics/polymers (FRP) are composite materials made of a polymer matrix reinforced with fibres. The fibres usually consist of fibreglass, carbon, or aramid, while the polymer is usually an epoxy, vinylester or polyester thermosetting plastic. The introduction of FRPs has changed the marine industry by leaps and bounds. Timblo Drydocks is today an established name in the industry of constructing of FRP crafts for the defense sector as well as travel, tourism and leisure industries.


In the late 1970s world polymer production gained popularity making polymers the ubiquitous material that it is today. Fibre Reinforced Plastics (FRPs) have since been a significant aspect of the ship building industry ever since.

 In the year 2007, a specialised FRP division was introduced and since then Timblo Drydocks has been building various types of FRP vessels for the defence sector. These vessels are mostly used as interceptors, patrol vessels and work boats. In addition, Timblo Drydocks is also experienced in building crafts with ballistic protection.

Some significant requirements for the defence sector, that we are working with, include:

  • 9.8 meter RIB interceptor crafts with a top speed of 35 knots with ballistic protection meeting NIJ 111 standards.
  • 12.5 meter patrol crafts with a top speed of 35 knots.
  • Admiral boats for very senior officers of the Navy and Coast Guard.

Composite facilities, at a glance:

  • 1 moulding sheds with controlled humidity (30 x 15m).
  • 1 outfitting shed (35 x 15m).
  • 1 shed for bonding of FRP hulls with decks (45 x 15m).
  • Experience in providing ballistic protection for boats.
  • Facilities to conduct various tests like drop tests, impact tests, swamp tests.
  • Present capacity to build and deliver 3 boats per month from 6.5 to 25m LOA.