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Extra berths in Sanlúcar New floating infrastructure has been added to a pontoon extension on the River Guadiana in the Spanish village of Sanlúcar de Guadiana. Sanlúcar is in the province of Huelva on the border between Spain and Portugal. PONTOON/DOCK SYSTEMS & DECKING Floating dry dock attracts new customers Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC), Queensland has installed four floating dry docks at Gladstone Marina. The docks are available for boats up to three tonnes, opening up the benefits of a marina to trailer boat owners. Gladstone has one of the highest rates of boat ownership per capita in Australia and marina superintendent David Osmond said berths will give the average trailer boat owner easy access to some of the most pristine waterways on the east coast. “Living only a stone’s throw away from the Great Barrier Reef and with beautiful local islands, the provision of floating dry docks will allow easy use of your vessel without the normal worries of trailering, launching, boat ramps or storage issues at home,” he explained. “The floating dock allows easy solo operation, unlike launching at the ramp which can sometimes need a full crew of people.” The floating dock sinks into the water to allow for drive on access then, at the push of a button, floats up, lifting the vessel out of the water. Maintenance costs are reduced and no anti-fouling is required. “You’ll use your boat more, saving the hour or so it can take to trailer and launch. You simply drive to the marina, step on board and drive off,” Osmond noted. John Hogan, CEO of Superior Jetties, manufacturer and installer of the docks, said it was great to see Gladstone taking up the higher yields on offer from smaller marina berths to store vessels out of the water. “In this way, the vessels are presented in pristine condition to the waterways without any antifoul products and the performance of the hull is enhanced thus saving on fuel use,” he said. “These products introduce new customers to the market by reducing logistical hassles of boating such as trailer movements and storage.” With weekend-to-weekend rates, monthly, six monthly and discounted annual rates available, the floating docks come with all the benefits of a marina – security, amenities and a friendly onsite marina team. People, community and sustainability general manager Rowen Winsor said it’s all about convenience and easy access to the local waterways. “Our community absolutely loves exploring our waterways, whether that be by foot around the GPC parklands or by boat,” she said. “The floating docks turn one berth into four, and with low maintenance we see it as a fantastic addition to our marina.” Almarin worked with its partner, floating pontoon manufacturer Lindley, to supply and install an aluminium dock made up of nine modules from the Faro HD range. This was added to the existing concrete piers. Special pile guides were fabricated to enable the concrete pontoons to be moored with piles rather than the existing mooring chain and sinker arrangement. By installing pile guides, both sides of the pier can be used, considerably increasing the mooring area. The new infrastructure also gives access to people with reduced mobility due to two articulated pontoons connected to an intermediate floating platform of 36m² (388ft²) that reduces the angle of both gangways. Pedestals offering electricity and water, and other key accessories were also installed. The town has now improved its access to the Guadiana River and made it easier to cross by boat into Portugal. – January/February 2021 37

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