Email Print Innovation award for Magma Structures02 May 2016INNOVATION AWARD: Portsmouth based composites experts, Magma Structures has received the prestigious Maritime Innovation Award presented by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects in association with QinetiQ.The firm received the reward in recognition of its innovative work on the engineering, design and manufacture of the world’s three tallest carbon free-standing composite masts built for the Sailing Superyacht ‘A’.Clive Johnson, managing director of Magma Structures, said:”This is a fantastic accolade for the whole team at Magma Structures who for the past four years have been involved in the engineering design, manufacture and installation of these incredible composite masts. To have our achievements in terms of innovation recognised by such a prestigious professional body is a real boost for the team.”The three composite rigs for Sailing Superyacht ‘A’ are amongst the most technically challenging free-standing carbon composite structures to have been manufactured to date. They took over four years to design, test and build.At over 90m, they are the world’s tallest carbon composite masts and support a sail area greater than a standard sized football pitch. The rigs are designed to withstand bending loads of more than twice the load on a Boeing Dreamliner wing. Each mast is able to rotate using systems mounted on ‘wings’ at the side of each mast, adding to both the design complexity and the build challenge.The annual RINA award recognises maritime innovation that offers the potential to make a significant improvement in the design, construction and operation of marine vessels and structures.