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New docks transform urban site Port Nikau, 160km (100mi) north of Auckland on picturesque Whangarei Harbour, was once the site of a working commercial harbour. It is now being redeveloped as a new urban waterfront community offering a combination of residential and commercial space and a deep water marina. All dockage is being transformed by Heron Marinas, an official SF Marina agent in New Zealand and the Pacific. A wide range of concrete floating pontoons with superyacht capacities is being installed. According to Heron Marinas CEO, Tom Warren CMM, the opportunity to incorporate superyacht berthing in the project was due to a change in refit policy at CBD Marinas in Auckland. Having an expert on the doorstep was also a decider. “With our factory in close proximity to the site and being the region’s SF Marina agent, it was natural that we were requested to be the principal supplier of dock pontoons,” he said. The first phase of the Port Nikau project included the installation of two SF1840 floating concrete docks, each measuring 4m (13ft) wide x 25m (82ft) long and connected via an 8m (26ft) long sister dock with a golfcart accessible gangway ramp landing. Yachts up to 61m (200ft) tie up aft-first in a Mediterranean style. With a 1m (3ft) freeboard, it is easy for passengers to walk off vessels using a passerelle. Bow and forward lines are held by a high-performance anchor system. Heron Marinas used a proprietary pile system to secure the dock array. Known as Armourpile, it is made of composite steel with an outer casing of ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPR) heat shrunk onto the longitudinal submerged arc welded steel pipe. These are being attached by Dixon Marine Engineering stainless steel pile guides and held in place by Halfen tracks. The next phase of the project will include the supply of numerous smaller docks using SF Marina floating concrete pontoons manufactured by Heron Marinas at its Whangarei facility. PRODUCTS, SERVICES & PEOPLE Integrated fender built to last Fuel docks, drystack launching areas and transient slips get more than their fair share of bumps from boats with improperly hung fenders. Fitting Slammer integrated dock fenders protects property and can also generate extra income if a marina becomes an authorised Slammer Marine representative and sells the easy-to-install system to its slip holders. Made in the USA and winner of an NMMA Innovation Award, the fender is a simple concept. An HDPE polymer track installs horizontally to the dock and a standard Slammer fender slides onto it using its integrated bolt rope. The lightweight, teardrop-shaped fender comprises an impactabsorbing, waterproof foam core covered in a removable and replaceable UV and abrasion-resistant marinegrade PVC fabric. Fender lengths can be customised and are available as standard in 40in (102cm), 80in (204cm) and 120in (305cm) lengths. They can be quickly removed for seasonal storage. The standard fender cover can be custom-branded and is available in blue, white, black and grey. Aside from matching a marina’s décor, fenders can be used to create colour coded areas within the marina. Unlike common rubber strips, the Slammer fender is built to last and has a two year warranty for commercial use. – May/June 2021 55

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