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UK. Solent Marine’s New Modular Pontoon System Wins Contracts

  • Tuesday, 10th June 2008
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As a result of the launch of Simbro, its new modular pontoon system with fibreglass decking, Solent Marine has been awarded a number of significant contacts for its in-house manufactured system.

The contacts include works at Bristol Harbourside, Rothesay Marina, Southbank Marina, Stranraer Harbour Marina and Whixall Marina.

Stranraer Harbour Marina in Scotland is one of the first installations of the Simbro modular pontoon system, following the construction of a breakwater within the harbour to provide increased shelter for craft. Built on a long lasting and rugged galvanised steel framework, the 100 berth pontoon features fibreglass grating decking and a 20 metre wide torsionally robust aluminium access bridge.

Also in Scotland, the company has been commissioned to supply and construct the pontoon fingers and walkways at the new Southbank Marina, Kirkintilloch. This is the latest phase of the Southbank Business Park, an office and leisure development that sits on the banks of the Forth and Clyde Canal. As the focal point of the development, Solent Marine is installing an inland 46 berth Simbro pontoon. Due to Simbro’s modular nature the entire system has been produced in-house at the company’s premises on the South Coast of the UK and transported to Scotland for assembly.

A standard 34 berth Simbro pontoon system is also being installed at Rothesay Marina, Isle of Bute, Scotland. With 200 metres of Simbro pontoons supported by 610 millimetre diameter piles and 7.5 metre pontoon fingers all manufactured using hardwood decking.

British Waterways Marinas Limited has undertaken a programme of redevelopment at Whixall Marina, Shropshire, which involves the installation of new pontoons and creation of additional berths. Solent Marine has removed the existing structure and replaced it with a new 158 berth fixed Simbro system, using the company’s SolDeck composite decking for the pontoon fingers and walkways.

In Bristol, Solent Marine is undertaking phase 2 of the redevelopment of the Bristol Harbourside Inlet, the installation of a bespoke 4 metre wide public boardwalk and 600 metres of Simbro pontoons. Using the Simbro system with SolDeck decking, the company has designed a 160 metre fixed boardwalk with a unique access system which includes rest stops for the disabled. The public pontoon features glass fibre reinforced concrete floats that provide an exceptional buoyancy level of 2.5kn/m², which is higher then recommended standards.

Marc Simmonds, Commercial Director of Solent Marine commented, “We are extremely pleased to have been awarded these contracts and have worked non-stop to design, manufacture and install berthing solutions to suit each marina operator’s specifications. The customer uptake of our new Simbro system has been superb and we are currently planning an extension to our factory to accommodate the increasing demand

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