British boat builder Ultimate Boats delivers the world’s first fully recyclable boat to Police Scotland

Client News
  • Ground-breaking boat building material DANUTM is fully recyclable and can replace fibreglass and carbon fibre
  • Owner ExoTechnologies says DANUTM can ‘transform’ the global market preventing millions of tonnes and boats being dumped into landfill each year
  • Company says it is seeking to raise capital to scale its recyclable DANUTM composite material technology worldwide
  • Police Scotland’s boat will be demonstrated at Seawork exhibition in Southampton next week
  • Technology meets UK ambition to revive innovative British boat building creating 300 jobs within five years at Ultimate Boats boatyard in Glasgow, owned by ExoTechnologies3

ExoTechnologies, the market leading maritime green technologies start-up, is launching the world’s first fully recyclable, high-performance workboat range.

ExoTechnologies said its first commercial vessel is being delivered to Police Scotland, built from its fully recyclable DANUTM composite material technology. ExoTechnologies says DANUTM  is the most resource-efficient composite material on the planet. The Police Scotland boat has a top speed of 50 knots and operating range of 400 nautical miles.

The Police Scotland deal represents the culmination of a £7million investment in research and development by ExoTechnologies. The boat is the first of a new range being built at Ultimate Boats, the Glasgow boatyard owned by ExoTechnologies. The company says it plans to create 300 jobs at the yard within five years.

Police Scotland Assistant Chief Constable Mark Williams attends handover of boat at Ultimate Boats Glasgow


ExoTechnologies CEO, Shane Mugan said: “We are proud that this pioneering and internationally significant project is being delivered in Scotland, by our talented Clyde-based workforce, in partnership with Police Scotland.

“To witness the world’s first ever fully recyclable boat, in action, made from our fully recyclable DANUTM composite material technology is incredibly rewarding after years of research and development.

“Police Scotland’s boat marks a significant breakthrough in transforming boat building, as our fully recyclable DANUTM composite material technology of superior mechanical strength has replaced fibreglass entirely, currently the most common form of boat building substance.

“DANUTM has the potential to tackle the ecological timebomb which sees 250 million kilos of fibreglass and thousands of boats dumped into landfill across Europe each year (see notes to editors 2).

Mike Golding OBE, one of the world’s most accomplished and successful offshore sailors and chairman of World Sailing Sustainability Commission 2030 said: “Since its broad introduction in the 1950s, fibreglass and composite materials have totally transformed the sport of sailing. Today, as we move into an ‘age of sustainability’ it is crucial that all future boat construction adapts and becomes fully circular. Encouragingly, I have seen many hybrid composite solutions developed but DANUTM is quite possibly the most complete – offering, at end of life, the potential to reuse both the fibres and resin whilst performing better than comparable construction systems.”

Jeroen Wats, ExoTechnologies Chief Innovation Officer and ocean yacht racing veteran said: “the high-performance boat being delivered to Police Scotland also features our advanced ExoHullTM technology designed and developed by Ultimate Boats internationally renowned chief designer, John Moxham.

“What John has done is to reimagine planning hull technology and hydrodynamic performance using principles that were first conceived during the development of the XB-70 Valkyrie supersonic bomber.  This enhances performance across all of our commercial workboat and tactical range producing intuitive handling, seakeeping capabilities, directional stability and comfort. It has been really amazing to work with Police Scotland and see them benefit from this revolutionary technology.”

ExoTechnologies approached Police Scotland in July 2020 with an opportunity to co-design a purpose-built boat which would be offered on a research and development loan for operational use. It will be loaned to Police Scotland for a three-year period with an agreement in place which covers the cost of insurance, maintenance and servicing.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Williams, lead for Operational Support, said: “This unique opportunity should allow us to benefit from a high performing asset that will make a positive difference to our capability.

“We have a duty to explore new projects that look to improve the working environment for our officers and staff, as well as the response we can provide to the public. We have been working closely with Ultimate Boats and will continue to provide feedback as the officers look forward to using this asset operationally (see notes to editors 4).”

Mr Mugan said the Police Scotland deal is only the beginning for ExoTechnologies as it seeks to grow globally.

“This project demonstrates an example of a green transition pathway within the maritime industry,” he said.

Ultimate Boats’ full high-performance workboat range includes a 13M crew transfer vessel, 11.5M multi-mission workboat and 7.5M support workboat which have already attracted significant interest from commercial operators and military.

“We are preparing to engage with potential investors and strategic partners to scale our company to realise the potential of our market leading technologies capable of accelerating the green transition to a circular economy across all industries and markets.”

Police Scotland Assistant Chief Constable Mark Williams with Ultimate Boats director of Sales Jason Purvey


Notes to editors

  1. DANUTM backgroundDANUTM is the breakthrough composite material of exceptional strength capable of being recovered, re-cycled and re-used repeatedly. Its superior mechanical properties over fibreglass results in improved weight efficiency.

    This pioneering resource efficiency technology creates a pathway capable of accelerating the green transition to circularity for composite material used in maritime craft, ballistic resistance, wind turbine blades, automotive solutions, aircraft construction, food processing etc…

    Moreover, its cost is comparable with traditional materials, and no additional manufacturing or labour costs are required. As well as attracting attention from the maritime industry, DANUTM is drawing interest from other industries, including renewables, transportation, defence, law enforcement, construction and automotive.

    So far, the development team, has already produced a full-scoped maritime craft solution and ballistic resistant solution ready for scalable production to commercialise this novel technology.

  2. Fibreglass disposal problemThe growing problem of fibreglass disposal goes far beyond the boatbuilding industry and has global implications. According to the “2020 State-of-the-Industry Report,” published in Composites Manufacturing Magazine, fibreglass demand is expected to climb to 1.36 billion kilos by 2025. Fibreglass accounts for well over 90 per cent of reinforced plastics / composites production, with two-thirds destined for the transport and construction industries, followed by sporting/leisure goods and the electric/electronics industry, each with approximately 15 per cent of market share.
  3. Ultimate Boats (UB) backgroundUB is an innovative maritime technologies and manufacturing company. It exists to develop the world’s ultimate range of Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIB or RIB boat) by sourcing the best multinational talent, components, and industry-leading techniques. It is recognised as one of the most innovative maritime brands.

    From its patented John Moxham Hull to the innovative introduction of DANU™, a fully-circular high-strength material which revolutionises the lifespan and sustainability of a hull, all its RHIBs are produced in-house by its team of highly talented craftsmen, engineers, and technicians. By adopting technological advances and using cutting-edge construction methodologies, its pioneering spacious RIB boat design in the military offshore, cabin and sea safari sectors.

  4. The Police Scotland boat will add to the current fleet capacity within the Dive and Marine Unit and can be deployed across Scotland nationally.Key features of the boat include:
  • a fully covered seating area to improve staff welfare and weather protection
  • improved radar technology making it more effective when diving for missing persons
  • a hull design that allows the boat to move quicker and more efficiently in the water, creating a more stable movement with less slamming impact and fuel saving

The Dive and Marine Unit support local policing and national divisions by providing assistance with:

  • Search (on land and water) missing persons, body recovery, property recovery, intelligence led searches
  • Counter Terrorist security searches
  • Flood assistance in support of the Fire and Rescue Service
  • Underwater footage / photography
  • Search / recovery in a confined space environment.
  • Marine Policing – boat patrol, ship boarding, operation specific waterborne patrol of strategic and vulnerable sites / maritime enforcement.


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