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2018 March April Marina World

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Open your mind to the world of Marina Services with Maricer www.maricer.com sales@maricer.com Call Now On +44 (0) 1790 753164 Maricer (CPES Ltd) Vale Industrial Estate, Spilsby, Lincolnshire PE23 5HE UK 28 metres 65 tons no crane www.roodberg.com The Original

DRYSTACK Automation with five star firefighting US-based Arabia Marine has developed what it describes as the first ‘fully’ Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASAR) for boats. According to the company, there is nothing new about the system just the way various parts have been linked together. The principle is based on several very successful manually-operated drystacks in Singapore, Hong Kong and Jacksonville, Florida, built more than 20 years ago and still in full operation today. The system requires the same plan lay-out as a forklift-based drystack but with a much narrower aisle of only 60ft (18m) as it uses a bridge crane system on GH supplies gantries for Vela Barcelona Spanish company GH Cranes & Components, a world renowned specialist for its core products of marina and shipyard boat hoists and jib cranes, has made an impressive entry into the drystack sector. In association with another engineering company, GH is installing two gantries for the new drystack at Marina Vela Barcelona, believed to be the first automated drystack project in Europe. The marina, located in the heart of the vibrant city of Barcelona, currently offers 136 wet berths for vessels of 15m (49ft) and above. Its complementary drystack will accommodate a further 222 vessels on a three-tier racking system. Boats up to 9m (30ft) long, 3m (10ft) wide and four tonnes in weight will be stored. Vessels will be retrieved and launched in five to eight minutes by purely automated means. E: marine@ghcranes.com Ground level plan for the Arabia Marine ASAR system. overhead tracks and a vertical telescoping mast with variable width forks. It can undertake negative lifts more than 12ft (3.6m) below dock level to handle tidal waters and a positive lift up to 100ft (30m) where required. The building footprint can be up to 40% smaller than when using a manual forklift system. The automation is very similar to warehouse packaging systems (i.e. Amazon and Walmart). The barcode on the boat (carrying its profile) is recognised on its approach into the canal in the centre of the building by the operating system’s sensors. After the boat has been vacated, the forks move to a preset width, come down behind the boat, slide under the hull between the outboards, and pick it up. It is lifted to a height of 4ft (1.2m) above the deck and moved to the freshwater pressure wash area before being racked. Boat retrieval typically takes four to five minutes. Manual forklifts by comparison take much longer than this and, on a busy Saturday morning, customers can often wait quite a while to get their boat in the water. Arabia Marine’s system is also claimed to be much safer because the automation virtually eliminates boat damage. Adding to this, the fire problem has virtually been eliminated by a nitrogen fire-fighting system. When the alarm sounds, all the air vents close and the system injects large volumes of nitrogen into the area around the fire, immediately reducing the oxygen level to less than 12% within six minutes and thus extinguishing the fire. Following this, the crane system moves in, retrieves the boat and places it in the canal, the doors open, and the fire department is able to access the boat. The company says insurance companies love this system because it minimises the damage claims. With fire sprinkler systems, a boat fire in a building is generally left to burn itself out as fire departments often do not want to take the risk of going in. There are drystacks that have burned to the ground with all the boats inside after the sprinkler system was unable to contain the fire. www.arabiamarinas.com www.marinaworld.com - March/April 2018 39

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