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2018 September October Marina World

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FLOATING STRUCTURES & FLOAT TECHNOLOGY New-style ‘Barb’s’ at Canadian marina Customers seeking the “best fish and chips in town” at Barb’s Floating Restaurant at Fisherman’s Wharf, Inner Harbour, Victoria are now enjoying a more streamlined dining experience. Owner Ian Poyntz approached local British Columbia company International Marine Floatation Systems (IMFS) to devise a brand new building design that would double his capacity and speed up the ordering process. Poyntz spent two years planning and designing a new restaurant kitchen that would be more efficient and eliminate congestion and queues at the till, and then he set a seven month completion timeline. The floating building had to be up and running by March 2018 so as to be ready for a grand opening in April. This included custom designed commercial kitchen equipment, such as two walk-in freezers, stainless steel walls, partitions and counters. The owner, together with Pinnacle Construction, managed the construction of the building and, as the concrete float was being manufactured in the IMFS yard in Delta, the all-steel building was being fabricated in Quebec. Two days after the float was cast, the building was being erected on its 31ft (9.4m) x 41ft (12.5m) x 6ft,7in (2m) high floating concrete foundation. The complete project, including building, weighs 183 tons. There are four ballast tanks, one in each corner, that enabled trim to be regulated when all the equipment and supplies were installed. The twostorey building, supplied by Bone Structure, was shipped from Quebec and assembled at the IMFS yard. The completed foundation and building were side launched into the river ready to be towed to Victoria, a 30 hour trip by tug. Because the floating building site was moored on the inside of the marina, a portion of the main walkway dock had to be disassembled and utilities temporarily cut so that the old floating restaurant could be removed and the new one installed. Barb’s Floating Restaurant opened its doors back in 1984 for the first time. On 5 th April 2018 it welcomed locals and tourists to enjoy the same fresh seafood – in a brand new dining environment. IMANNA certifies Ace float drums US company Den Hartog Industries recently asked IMANNA Laboratory to test its Ace Roto-Mold float drums. IMANNA, established in 1983, is a privately-owned, independent testing facility that provides certification testing for marine products. It is recognised as an approved laboratory for testing to American Boat and Yacht Council standards and as a Standards Compliance Specialist by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). IMANNA tested and certified the Ace drums to: ASTM D1998-06 Falling Dart Impact; 7-Day Hunt Water Absorption; Encasement Wall Thickness; and Calibrated Tank Buoyancy. Ace foam-filled drums offer durable flotation for a variety of dock/pontoon systems and are available in over 70 sizes. The plastic, one-piece seamless exterior shell prevents leakage and separation caused by weak joints. The drum wall is made of tough polyethylene with ultra violet inhibitors to prevent damage from the sun, debris, fuel, marine organisms, salt and fresh water. A nominal wall thickness of 0.150in (and a minimum thickness of 0.125in) offers a stronger, more durable float. The top of the shell is flat with moulded-in mounting slots for easy attachment to any dock frame. The interior of the float drum is filled with expanded polystyrene foam. This is steam-pressured for a tight fit to provide the highest reserve buoyancy possible. 20 - September/October 2018

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