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2018 July August Marina World

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PONTOON/DOCK SYSTEMS & DECKING Third phase under way at Marina Trogir Marinetek Adriatic (formerly Marinetek NCP) has signed a contract for a third phase of pontoon and breakwater installation at Marina Trogir in central Dalmatia, Croatia. The project includes construction and installation of eight breakwater sections of type M3816BRS to create two floating piers with a total length of 128m (420ft). The new piers will be used to berth 50 charter vessels, with all necessary facilities and services. Mediterraneanstyle mooring will be offered on both sides of the pontoon piers, which are moored using Seaflex. Marinetek has enjoyed a close relationship with Marina Trogir since it installed the marina’s first six floating piers in 2014. Five of these were constructed using ‘Heavy Duty’ concrete Re-decking in the Netherlands In recent months GRP gratings specialist Fiberstruct has installed over 2,100m² (22,604ft²) of its Intergrate GRP ISO-FR decking material for retrofit projects at four Dutch marinas: Yacht Club Schiedam, WSV Giesbeek, Jachthaven Lunenburg and WSV Sliedrecht. The installed decking is 30mm thick with a mesh size of 19 x 19mm (0.7 x 0.7in) and has a gritted top surface. The product is available in any colour, and grey, brown and sand yellow were selected by clients for the recent projects. Fiberstruct, which is part of the Syndus Group, has become a leading provider of GRP grating to many industries and supplies the marina sector with pontoon elements and can accommodate 133 vessels of up to 25m (82ft) in length. The sixth pier, at the western side of the marina, acts as a breakwater. This contract was followed by a phase two project in 2015 to extend the breakwater pier and install a second of similar type. An anchor system for a further 30 larger vessels was also installed. The third phase enables the marina to gain 5 Gold Anchor status and further consolidate its appeal to owners of yachts and superyachts who want to explore the beautiful Adriatic coast. Yacht Club Schiedam re-decked pontoons for around 75 berths using Intergrate GRP grating. products that are ABS/DNV certified. E: Walcon buys Docking Solutions Walcon Marine has acquired Docking Solutions Ltd, the Devon, UK, based supplier of heavy-duty pontoons and commercial-grade bridges. The firm was purchased from its parent company Baltic Wharf Ltd. “We are very pleased that Colin Bower and the Docking Solutions product range have joined Walcon Marine,” said James Walters, managing director of Walcon Marine. “The heavy-duty pontoons designed and produced by Docking Solutions extend our product range and allow us to offer more cost-effective solutions to the commercial and governmental sectors, as well as sturdy alternatives for providers of leisure berthing facilities with locations that are exposed or in high-traffic positions. We look forward to introducing our client base to these high quality, long-lasting products as part of an enhanced Walcon offering.” Colin Bower, managing director of Docking Solutions, added, “Over the past 25 years we have sold our pontoons to a wide range of satisfied customers. Becoming part of Walcon marks the start of a new era for the brand and we anticipate that Docking Solutions’ bridges and pontoons will reach new markets and become an even more common sight in harbours around the UK and abroad.” Docking Solutions pontoons use twin tubular steel floats braced by welded cross tubes for exceptional strength and durability, mounted in a catamaran configuration. They can be fabricated to almost any length and size, and in highfreeboard configurations. 48 - July/August 2018

PONTOON/DOCK SYSTEMS & DECKING Developing a new compound for decking boards When Portuguese company Soprefa first thought of using a composite material to replace hardwood timber decking, it had three main aims: to develop a product with high impact resistance; that was durable over time (excellent weather resistance); and that looked and felt as near as possible to natural hardwood. With these goals in mind, Soprefa quickly concluded that it would have to develop its own compound as there was nothing available on the market that offered the required characteristics. After several attempts, a formula was developed that contains no wood (or wood derivatives) whatsoever in its composition. As such, it is not a WPC product but a highly resistant composite made out of PVC and strong organic fibres. It has been branded as ‘Twinwood’. Soprefa tells Marina World that it has tested numerous competitive products in-house and none offers the same level of impact resistance as Twinwood. With a 400mm gap between joists, the company has even driven over it several times with heavy duty vehicles - forklifts and weighty golf carts - without breaking a single board. Superior weathering quality was a crucial element Fixed platforms, handrails and gangways installed in Marina Campeche (Mexico) and floating breakwater in Vilagarcía Harbour (Spain). Projects designed and manufactured by Ronautica Marinas ( of the design plan and, as a result, Twinwood is claimed to offer one of the highest OIT (Oxidative Induction Time) values on the market. This, combined with special UV protection, makes it a very durable product even in the harshest conditions. The composite can be worked with standard wood tooling and looks and feels like natural hardwood, making it suitable for use on pontoons, walkways and even more detailed jobs such as stairs, handrails, etc. E: - July/August 2018 49

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