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PRODUCT FOCUS marinas up to megayacht size. One of the most visible facets of the project is the eye-catching new handrail installed around the marina’s boardwalk. “We had a total new design for the handrail system using our design registered Edge II handrails, the ‘designer’ version of the Edge handrail, with curved posts and eight pipe rails for great aesthetic impact.” Curved and smooth for both ergonomic and visual appeal, the Edge II is made of medium density polyethylene with many features that set it apart from standard steel or aluminium construction. Standing 1.0m tall, it meets Australian and New Zealand standards (AS1657) and each section can be installed in minutes. The stanchion inserts are sized to accept aluminium pipe sizes as standard, with options in powder coated steel or stainless steel pipes. The kit comes complete with end caps to prevent any water or debris from building up inside the product. The stanchion has been through a rigorous R&D development programme including an FEA analysis. Designed and made on the Gold Coast using Australian raw materials, the rotomoulded posts are lighter, durable and quicker to install than traditional aluminium, steel or stainless steel equivalents. “Edge II is competitively priced and the speed of installation means the total price is significantly reduced,” adds Superior Group CEO, John Hogan. “We see endless possibilities for Edge and are already manufacturing it for clients in the marina, mining and construction industries.” safety objectives.” QTR page Landscape ad for Marina World The product can be custom-designed and colour-matched to suit any commercial or industrial project, is UV resistant and will not corrode. It is also fully recyclable. The system started with floating handrails that used an overlapping offset of the handrail end caps, allowing the product to flex when used on floating surfaces. The offset end caps eliminate pinch points and give a safe soft end. Edge II now transfers this success to land based structures as well. “For a marine environment like Birkenhead Point Marina, Edge II provides greater resistance to fuel and acidic conditions than other forms of handrails. It offers very open viewing through the rail so as not to obstruct the views, while providing optimal safety.” The stanchions are made of Superior’s rotomoulded polyethylene using a 711 Quenos master batch, which is totally produced in Australia. The product is weather resistant to the harsh environment with a UV 11 rating, 316 grade stainless steel fixings and marine-grade aluminium rails that will stand up to any conditions. David Mann, project development at Birkenhead Point, says the project was a smooth and uncomplicated process, thanks to considerable pre-planning and a solid working relationship between Superior and Birkenhead Point Marina. The site is unique, he explains, and this meant unique challenges. “Integrating the new with the heritage listed flavour of Birkenhead was our aim. Using the Edge II and brand new technology meant that Superior achieved this to meet aesthetic and Marina manager, Phil McGowen, says the overhaul has revived the marina and will benefit boat owners and visiting superyachts in a multitude of ways. “Our marina is part of a full-service shopping centre, meaning crews and boaties can take care of all their provisions right here. The refurbishment and realignment of the marina enhance the precinct, as well as adding a significant number of berths and vital infrastructure.” The modifications to the marina affected around 100 berths, adding 14 new superyacht berths up to 40m to cater to the top end of the market. “We have berths for boats from 8m to 40m, and have created an onsite floating marina management office next to the fuel dock. Our aim is to attain 5 Gold Anchor status in 2015.” Feedback from the Birkenhead Point tenants, visitors and boat owners has been unanimously positive. “You wouldn’t think people would be impressed by something that needs to be purely functional, but everybody comments on the Edge handrails,” Tapfer says. “Boaties say they love the new pontoons and really notice the difference.” A Solid GOLDGlobal Partnership Gold Anchor accrediting organisations the Marina Industries Association (MIA) and The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA) are pleased to confirm their agreement to work together in developing and inspiring marina excellence through Gold Anchor accreditation. TYHA and MIA have committed to bring their respective schemes together to create one truly global brand for marina service and facilities ratings. - March/April 2015 45

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