Yacht Lighting Protection DDC Marine

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The complete lightning protection for sailing yachts and motor boats. The core of our lightning protection is the DDCE inhibitor system from Dinnteco. This innovative system protects your yacht against direct lightning strikes. In addition we offer further protection against indirect strikes from the water and for the shore connection.


The innovative DDCE lightning protection system prevents the forming of lightning strikes in the protected area. The system is approved on land since many years with amazing results. The Marine DDCE is explicitly designed for the requirements and harsh conditions at sea.

More and more Sailing Yachts and Motorboats trust in the DDCE system. Several famous Yachts from Baltic Yachts, Royal Huisman and Nautor Swan installed the System with success.

Functionality of DDCE System

The DDCE (Electromagnetic Charge Compensation Device) is a System of Protection against Atmospheric Discharges and an Electromagnetic Protector that avoids the impact of the lightning strike on the protected structure.

The DDCE system from Dinnteco provides potential equalisation so that in the protected area no lightning will be formed. The DDCE attracts excess negative charges from the air layer, compensate and drain it through the grounding. This process eliminates positively charged upward streamer from the protected structrure and thus prevents the formation of a flash channel or stepped leader and avoid the main discharge (lightning strike) into the yacht.

By varying the electric field in its environment a leakage current is generated whic will be drained to ground. The DDCE is a passive device and needs only a sufficient grounding and no power supply.

It should be noted that thunderstorms are a weather phenomenon that is always difficult to calculate, and no lightning protection system can provide 100% safety. The risks must always be evaluated individually.


Q PANTAENIUS - Insurance

Holger Flindt, Head of Claims Department of Pantaenius (Europe’s leading specialist for yacht insurance) is convinced of the DDCE System:
“Damage caused by lightning is increasing. In recent years the number corresponding events at Pantaenius tripled. Although the effects of a direct or indirect lightning strike can vary greatly, they often mean considerable danger for man and material. Even days after an unnoticed lightning strike it happens that boats suddenly sink at the pier. Whether and how a boat survives a thunderstorm is not only a question of luck. A properly installed lightning protection system such as the DDCE system protects people and material.

The DDCE system is therefore supported by us and a compliant protective measure for us.
And it also exempts the customer from an excess in the event of a lightning strike in particularly endangered shipping areas.