The first Kometa 120M with the glazing from monolithic polycarbonate started voyaging on Sevastopol-Yalta line

31 July 2018
The hydrofoil vessel Kometa 120M with the glazing from monolithic polycarbonate produced by ORPE Technologiya was put on the route on 30 July 2018. The solemn ceremony of voyaging commencement was attended by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
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The glazing developed for the Kometa 120M features high impact toughness. The impact toughness of optical polycarbonate is 100 times higher than that of silicate glass and almost 10 times that of organic glass. Besides, the novel glass has half the weight as compared to the previously used silicate glass analogues. It provides reliable protection for the crew and passengers as well as enhanced wave stability for the vessel.

The first glazing set comprising 53 items of structural optics for fitting-out passenger compartments, crew deckhouse and other areas of the hydrofoil vessel was produced by ORPE Technologiya in 2017.

“The technology patented by the enterprise makes it possible to produce the glazing items of actually any geometry with retention of optical properties. Domestic glazing from monolithic polycarbonate has been installed aboard the Russian vessels for the first time. In my view, it is a good tendency”, stated Director General of ORPE Technologiya Andrei Silkin.

The hydrofoil vessel Kometa 120M is being produced by Vympel Shipyard (a member of Kalashnikov Corporate Group within Rostec State Corporation) in Rybinsk. The vessel is intended for passenger nearshore transportation. In 2019, the shipyard is to float out another two vessels. ORPE Technologiya expects to produce a glazing set for one of these vessels as early as the current year. In 2019, the glazing set for the third Kometa 120M is to be produced.