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Waiting jetty upgrade at Welsh marina Irish company Inland and Coastal Marina Systems (ICMS) has upgraded the waiting jetty at Conwy Marina in Conwy, Wales. The new pontoon is now in constant use, providing boaters with a safe and secure place to wait before entering the marina. The company installed a Continuous Concrete Pontoon (CCP), increasing berthing and load capacity for larger vessels. With greater wave reduction and stability properties, the system also requires less maintenance. Due to varying water levels between the outer harbour and marina basin, access to the 500-berth marina is via a tidal sill. “The large tidal range in the estuary here often causes the holding pontoon to ground at low water springs,” says Conwy marina manager Jon Roberts. “Inland and Coastal’s continuous pontoon design works perfectly. The attention to detail also made the installation process extremely efficient. The work progressed during specific tidal gates without interfering with daily operations and I am delighted with the quality of the new structure.” “Conwy is a stunning part of the coastline,” says Oliver Shortall, ICMS managing director. “We were delighted PRODUCTS & SERVICES Plant cart made from plants to provide a robust waiting jetty. Our concrete pontoons have double the lifespan of wooden ones. The solid surfaces also offer much better grip properties – especially when wet.” E: An innovative recycling project to convert waste water plant clippings into water plant baggage carts has been developed and initiated in the Netherlands. Water plants that take over inland waterways need to be removed every summer in places such as Ijmeer, Randmeren and Markermeer. The plants proliferate due to the quality and clarity of the water but the abundant growth stops anyone swimming, rowing, sailing or canoeing. The annual mowing results in piles of clippings. Lisan Knox, manager of Marina Muiderzand and Bas Durieux, director of Seijsener, together looked at how the ‘waste’ could be used. This resulted in the development of a baggage cart that not only collects processed water plants but is actually made from a plastic material Bas Durieux (left) with Lisan Knox and the plant-based plant cart. that utilises the finely ground fibres of the plants. “Marina Muiderzand is an excellent location for water sports enthusiasts and sustainability is one of our focal points,” says Knox. “With the production of the baggage carts, we work on a structural solution for the nuisance that these water plants give. They are a huge source of irritation to our marina guests.” Durieux adds: “Seijsener has been a technical specialist company for harbours for over 55 years. We feel a great connection with the water sports sector. So, when the sector faces a problem that inhibits people from enjoying water sports, we gladly offer our input and help to keep water sports eco-friendly and sustainable. Recently, we developed and manufactured campsite signs from old fishing nets. This also led to the idea to use water plants as a resource.” E: - November/December 2019 63

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