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May June 2020 Marina World

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PRODUCTS, SERVICES & PEOPLE Mooring pontoons the smooth way The DualDocker mooring system was developed to make mooring up in a marina berth an easier and infinitely more stable experience for boat owners who felt this part of boating to be particularly challenging. The concept has since been further engineered as a heavy duty mooring system capable of keeping floating homes, floating pontoons and any other water-based structures secure. In principle, DualDocker is an alternative solution to traditional methods such as chains and piles. Its main strength is its ability to absorb the forces that impact on a floating pontoon - unlike a pile, for example, which has virtually no damping capacity. DualDocker completely avoids the build up of kinetic energy caused by wind, waves or current, and any wake energy from the docking of ships and yachts. It is a highly damped mooring solution without play. Manufactured in Austria using top quality materials and available to ship worldwide, the system is extremely environmentally friendly as nothing is secured to the seabed or drags across the seafloor. New heavy-duty systems can be used to secure aluminium, steel and concrete pontoons and gangways in a manner that is safe, has no visual impact and requires very little A DualDocker pontoon mooring solution installed in Corsica boosts the number of recreational berths. maintenance. It can be used to solve problems in challenging shaped sites or where sea levels significantly vary. Arrangements ideal for floating pontoons include the TriDocker and the V-Setup. TriDocker incorporates a docking arm at each end of the pontoon and one in the centre along either the length of a pier (for alongside mooring) or at the quay wall end of a stern-to mooring. The V-Setup replaces each of the arms with a V-shaped docking arm. This arrangement can also be installed on piles or on concrete mounts on the quay wall. In tandem with Swedish company Seaflex, DualDocker has also developed the 90m (295ft) floating pontoon concept (left). This moors a 90m aluminium pontoon comprising six 15 x 3m (49 x 10ft) sections. The result accommodates up to 30 boats of up to 15m (49ft) in length and is moored by DualDocker at ‘landside’ and Seaflex ‘seaside’. The system absorbs up to 500kN, and pontoon movement is just 0.05m (2in) in normal conditions and up to 0.25m (10in) in a heavy storm. Pontoon mooring installations to date range from heavy 5,000 ton floating structures in the UAE and a floating pier for heavy tug boats in Tangier, Morocco (12 DualDocker arms) to medium and smaller sized floating pontoons in marinas around the world, and numerous recreational pontoons and large, heavy floating homes worldwide. In addition to the significant benefits of high and instant damping capacity and the lack of mechanical parts requiring maintenance (no hydraulics, oil, gas or pneumatics), DualDocker is available in a choice of materials that offer great durability. The anodised aluminium alloy version is fully resistant to salt water and UV rays. - May/June 2020 53

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