R&D Design Philosophy

Lightweight barriers that can deform will absorb as much energy as heavier rigid barriers. Think catch fencing.


Our aim is to achieve the same stopping performance as larger systems but with less bulk and weight. 

Using Newton's second law of motion:

Force = Mass x Acceleration

We lightweigth our systems by adding compliance and therefore reducing the rate of acceleration. This does increase the stopping distance but will absorb the total amount of energy.

Our vessel arresting products rely on a system stop wherein the whole system absorbs the energy of the hostile vessel.

Rapid deployment

Emergencies rarely happen with a lot of advance notice. 

Maritime Arresting Technologies booms and barriers are specifically designed to be deployed very quickly.

High Strength with modern fibres

Modern materials provide a means to develop extremely high strength barriers that are easy to transport and deploy around the globe. 


The subsurface Stingray net relies on entangling underwater threats. Constructed from mono-filament nylon mesh it is practically invisible when deployed.

The Port security barrier also relies on entanglement. The propellers of invading craft are snared in a high strength 3 dimensional net. In tests the drive shafts of outboards have been sheared. 

The floating fence consists of net panels of UHMWPE where each cord has a breaking strain of 1,000lbs. Any vessel running into the fence will be enveloped and the energy absorbed by the entire structure.


Maritime Arresting Technologies iterate their concepts and designs until the system is the simplest possible.

to paraphrase Nevil Shute :

"It has been said that an engineer is a man who can do for ten shillings  what any fool can do for a pound."

Our R&D innovation in the field of maritime security is world leading.