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Belfast Bridge to Build All-Composite Marina

09 December 2005

Belfast Bridge is using composite docks, walkways, and Hardwire reinforced pilings from Harbor Technologies for its $11-million renovation and restoration of Stinson's Cannery.

Belfast Bridge is purchasing 100 composite docks, 15,000 feet of composite walkway panels, and 75 composite pilings for this new destination marina, Wakeag Landing, based in Belfast, Maine, USA.

Harbor Technologies say that Belfast Bridge has chosen composite docks because they last longer and are more cost-effective than traditional wooden and concrete docks. Most of the marina's existing pilings have extensive damage from marine shipworms, which are prevalent in Belfast Harbour. Wakeag Landing will be among the first marinas in the world to use all composite materials, including the pilings, docks, and a suspended waterfront walkway.

""Harbor Technologies' composite materials were a perfect choice for our project, because they are much stronger than wood products and will stand up far better to the harsh marine environment. We will also be able to reduce our ongoing maintenance costs,"" says Tom Roberts, manager of Belfast Bridge LLC. ""In addition, the docks and walkway materials are very attractive, and will provide a distinctive look to the Wakeag Landing project.""

Harbor Technologies has begun delivery of the docks and pilings, and the marina is scheduled to open in the spring of 2006 on a limited basis. The project will be funded in part by a $385,000 federal Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG), a federal program administered by the Fish and Wildlife Service to fund US projects that increase the number of resources available to transient boaters.

""We are excited to work on this project with Belfast Bridge, as we believe the all-composite marina is stronger, lasts longer, and eliminates the environmental impact of chemicals used to seal pressure treated lumber,"" says Erik Grimnes, marketing manager for Harbor Technologies. ""Wakeag Landing is going to be a wonderful facility, and we are proud to be part of this important project.""





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