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ENVIRONMENTAL PRODUCTS & INITIATIVES Dura Composites moulded and pultruded high-performance GRP panels are central to the efficient operation of the wash-down and hoist area at Noss-on-Dart. Analysis (FEA) and CAD service to enable the fabrication and supply of materials to Teignmouth Maritime Services ready for installation. The lightweight nature of the GRP profiles versus steel meant that installation was much quicker and more efficient. Also central to the efficient operation of the wash-down and hoist are d² Dura Grating and Dura Platform 40 flooring made from moulded and pultruded high-performance GRP panels which are unique in design to Dura. The open mesh section utilises 55mm d² Dura Grating Mini Mesh in dark grey, which facilitates drainage whilst maintaining strength and unrivalled anti-slip properties. The solid surface sections were created using patented d² Dura Platform 40, which are crankable to create an in-built fall to aid water run-off. Premier Marinas operations manager, John Cervenka, comments: “We were pleased with the CAD support and FEA provided by Dura Composites to our engineering company on this project. It enabled us to develop an innovative design that meets our exacting needs and will deliver real value for our customers. The boat hoist is now in use and we are delighted with the effectiveness of the GRP flooring supplied by Dura, in terms of slip resistance, aiding drainage and promoting water run-off to the correct areas. The solid surfaces of the Dura Platform also ensure all silt deposits are captured ready for disposal, mitigating any risk to the water table.” 34 – May/June 2022

ENVIRONMENTAL PRODUCTS & INITIATIVES Closing the loop on waste Award-winning Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard (GCCM) in partnership with the Centre for a Waste Free World at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) established the Closing the Loop project in July last year. It will ultimately lead to the establishment of a circular economy at the Australian yard. “GCCM have always led the way in sustainable shipyard initiatives like solar and water harvesting. We also partnered with the Seabin Project meaning we have one of the first Seabins in our marina,” explains Luke McCaul, general manager customer experience and property management. “We are very proud of our current accreditations through marine industry associations.” These accreditations include Level 3 Clean Marina, Fish Friendly Marina and the globally recognised 5 Gold Anchor accreditation, in which environmental practices account for almost 15% of the total score. There will always be more to do when it comes to environmental conservation and, being in such proximity to waterways, GCCM understands the importance of reducing its waste and, as a result, its environmental impact. The first three months of the project Left: Workshop discussion forums are excellent ways to debate waste management. Below: Sorting items for recycling as much as possible ensures that waste can be relocated and repurposed. were spent deliberating, researching and appraising waste streams onsite. The first workshop was held in August and saw key stakeholders within the shipyard, environmental industry leaders, representatives from local and state government and QUT researchers all gathering to discuss the issues with current waste streams in hopes of finding a solution. “It takes like minds and it’s really great to see the participation of all the local businesses here that are starting to truly understand that what they refer to as waste is valuable and the resources are probably just in the wrong location right now,” said Rod Packer, manager strategy and innovation in water and waste for City of Gold Coast. “Education is going to be key to getting the fundamental and structural change in the thinking in this organisation with regards to what can happen.” With the data and information gathered at the workshop, QUT then established a report based on the materials discussed and developed several different options to address each challenge, And, with over 90 on-site businesses, GCCM has plenty of challenges. The second, and arguably the most important phase of the project, focused on implementation and – May/June 2022 35

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