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PRODUCTS & SERVICES Boardwalk upgrade improves marina access on River Shannon Leitrim County Council in Ireland has recently improved shoreside access to its Carrick on Shannon public marina by replacing its existing fixed boardwalk with a new 340m (1,115ft) long x 2.4m (7ft 8in) wide floating walkway. Working with Deane Public Works, Inland and Coastal Marina Systems (ICMS) designed and manufactured the new installation, which includes a 3m (10ft) wide fuel berth and eight access gangways with lifebuoy housings and safety ladders. All are anchored in place by a new piled mooring system. The heavy-duty pontoon system, topped with ICMS’s unique glass reinforced concrete (GRC) decking, provides safe and non-slip, all-yearround access to the marina’s on-site facilities for the public, all leisure boat users and local boat hire companies. “Being a very popular cruising area, it was important that we completed the installation with as minimal disruption as possible to the local access,” said Ger Buckley, project engineer at ICMS. “We achieved this by taking a phased approach, closely liaising with all contractors and programming the activities in.” Wrapping around the entire length of the marina site, the public boardwalk now connects the quayside to the access road and car park, allowing users to enter the marina via a new gangway on the eastern side, and exit on the northern side. “We’re delighted with the quality of the new boardwalk, an attractive upgrade to the waterfront providing a strong, stable walkway for visitors,” commented Shay O’Connor, senior engineer with Leitrim County Council. “Even though conditions were challenging at times with access routes being periodically submerged, the team at Inland and Coastal completed the installation efficiently and without disrupting the activities of the regular commercial users of the marina.” “The boardwalk will provide a new walking route along the waterfront for both locals and visitors and new access for users of leisure vessels which cruise along this section of the River Shannon, boosting the tourist industry which plays a major role here in Carrick on Shannon’s economy.” Storable buys Molo Self-storage expert Storable has added Molo to its group of companies and taken a first step into the marine sector. As part of the acquisition, the Molo team will remain in place to continue leading the marina business unit. Molo co-founders Rocko Stojiljkovic and Lucas Isola, both boaters, founded Molo with the goal to bring powerful and easy-to-use tools to the marina industry. The team has always strived to help marinas and similar businesses capitalise on the most modern SaaS tools to help them improve and grow. “We are thrilled to be joining forces with Storable. We look forward to leveraging the Storable model to build the most powerful suite of products in the recreational marine industry,” Isola said. “Storable not only supplies a huge portion of the storage industry with software but they also have a marketplace, a payments product, insurance and a new IoT access control product.” “There are so many natural opportunities to achieve great economies of scale and provide our customers with enhanced capabilities to optimise their businesses. This is just the beginning and great things are to come,” he added. Marinas share a lot of key similarities to self-storage. Through integrated products and services, both Molo and Storable plan to empower their customers to create five-star experiences. They have each earned reputations for delivering their respective industries with comprehensive, end-to-end business solutions and increased operational efficiency. 56 – November/December 2021

Pouring onsite benefit Whether transported by barge or truck, getting pontoon sections to their final destination is a significant cost. Golden Manufacturing has addressed this problem by offering an option to bring moulds for its patented Golden Flotation System to the marina location for pouring on-site. Golden systems are manufactured from reinforced concrete that meets ASTM-94 and A-185 standards with a 28-day compression strength of 5,000psi. Rugged UV-resistant polyethylene pontoons filled with expanded polystyrene provide ample flotation and meet ASTM C-578 and C-272 requirements. Using premium concrete and Golden’s proven methodology, it is possible to create a dock section in situ that maintains the company’s high standards of quality. Full documentation is shared with the cement contractor to ensure each unit is as durable and long-lasting as one made in Golden’s own facility. As the system is modular in nature, the customer can create virtually any configuration. The concrete decking is available in an almost endless variety of PRODUCTS & SERVICES colours and, while the standard finish is a broomed non-skid, it can be moulded to resemble bricks, stone or wooden planks. Pontoons are connected using Golden’s extruded aluminium whalers with the ability to fit and move cleats, pile guides and finger piers. E-novations E-novations CHECK!!! CHECK!!! Moving forward 100% ELECTRIC The Original – November/December 2021 57

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