Camels are used to prevent damage to vessels and port structures when submersibles are berthed or moored.
Camels are used to prevent damage to vessels and port structures when submersibles are berthed or moored.

Composite Advantage has made corrosion resistant, fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composite universal submarine camels for use by the US Navy in Guam.

Camels are used to prevent damage to vessels and port structures when submersibles are berthed or moored.

‘Metal and wood camels require removal every two years for inspection and repair which can be costly if corrosion has set in,’ said Scott Reeve, marketing director for Composite Advantage. ‘The FRP universal composite camel is corrosion resistant to saltwater and chemicals, requires no maintenance, reduces life cycle costs and can accommodate any class of submarine.’

The two FRP camels are 36 feet long, 18 feet high and 17 feet deep, and weigh 70,000 lbs.

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