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Marine Designs Dockmaster pontoons feature in offshore wind farm evacuation exercise

A Marine Designs pontoon was used for personnel transfer during a recent evacutation exercise at the London Array offshore windfarm in the outer Thames Estuary.

 

The exercise, involving 500 personnel, was organised by the UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency and London Array Ltd and coordinated by the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre at Dover. The pontoon was used to transfer personnel onto lifeboats before transporting them ashore.

 

The scenario involved a small cruise ship colliding with a wind turbine, leaving some passengers and crew missing, presumed overboard. A fire breaks out on the accommodation vessel, resulting in injuries to some of those on board. An engineer working on the wind turbine is injured and requires helicopter evacuation.

 

For the full story, please see the recent article from Maritime Journal.

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Press Release - Three Pontoon Projects Complete

Marine Designs have announced the completion of three major pontoon projects, featuring their innovative DockMaster pontoon, in a press release issued today (Friday, 18th May 2012).

 

The three latest projects include a 26 metre pontoon for a fish farming company in the Outer Hebrides, a 170 tonne single section crew transfer pontoon in Ramsgate, Kent, and a high, freeboard ferry pontoon on the River Fal, in Cornwall - see the newspage below for more information on the individual projects.

 

Drystan Jones, Managing Director of Marine Designs Ltd, said: “We are delighted that all these projects have been installed on time, within budget and to very satisfied customers. The projects show the versatility of the DockMaster pontoon system as all three projects were moored in variable sea states and for a widely different range of vessels.”

 

To download the full release, click here.

 

Innovative Ramsgate Project Now Complete

Marine Designs has successfully completed another innovative pontoon for large UK wind-power operators Vattenfall, this time in Ramsgate.  An innovative production technique was used to create a single section concrete pontoon, 26m long by 6m wide with a total weight of 170t.

 

The pontoon is to be used to transfer crew for Thanet Offshore Wind Farm and has a deck mounted crane capable of lifting one tonne at 10 metres. The project included an electric vehicle and trailers to transport equipment down the 30-metre access bridge onto the pontoon.

Tolverne Pontoons Ready for Busy Summer Season

Marine Designs Ltd has created a new ferry landing to provide access at all states of tide to the picturesque Smugglers Cottage restaurant at Tolverne, part of the Tregothnan Estate.

 

The new ferry landing is 0.9m freeboard and at 5m wide, is perfect for passenger ferry operations.  The restaurant is a popular tourist destination, with many customers arriving by boat, and so the new pontoons are a valuable addition in advance of the busy summer season.

Stornoway Pontoons Completed to Tight Schedule

Three sections of 1m freeboard pontoons have been successfully installed by Marine Designs for use at a new salmon harvesting station on Stornoway Island in the Outer Hebrides.  The team completed the project to a tight 8 week schedule and the pontoons were opened in May 2012.

 

The pontoons are for the use of the operators at Arnish Quay to moor a 60m well boat, the Ronja Viking, used to discharge the fish ashore. The project was logistically demanding, with the pontoons being shipped from Cornwall and successfully completed in Stornoway using local concrete.

 

Managing Director Drystan Jones commented: "We are delighted that we have been able to complete this project successfully within the 8 weeks and hand over the completed pontoons within the timeframe to the Scottish Salmon Company."

Stornoway Pontoons Completed to Tight Schedule

Three sections of 1m freeboard pontoons have been successfully installed by Marine Designs for use at a new salmon harvesting station on Stornoway Island in the Outer Hebrides.  The team completed the project to a tight 8 week schedule and the pontoons were opened in May 2012.

 

The pontoons are for the use of the operators at Arnish Quay to moor a 60m well boat, the Ronja Viking, used to discharge the fish ashore. The project was logistically demanding, with the pontoons being shipped from Cornwall and successfully completed in Stornoway using local concrete.

 

Managing Director Drystan Jones commented: "We are delighted that we have been able to complete this project successfully within the 8 weeks and hand over the completed pontoons within the timeframe to the Scottish Salmon Company."

Ferry berth contract awarded to Marine Designs

Marine Designs have been awarded a contract to install a ferry landing stage and access pontoons at Smugglers Cottage on the beautiful river Fal.

 

The project will include two 5m wide high freeboard DockMaster concrete pontoons for ferry landings, and the renovation of existing pontoons to create a stable floating public access way to the Cottage at all states of the tide.

Marine Designs to launch new pontoon

Marine Designs is to launch a brand new pontoon design for 2012.  The 6 metre wide x 27 metre long, 150 tonne DockMaster concrete pontoon will be available shortly, and initial enquiries are welcome.

 

This is a precursor to the 10 metre wide x 27 metre DockMaster at present in design stage. More detail and images will be available soon

First floating ferry jetty project completed

The first ever floating jetty project on Lake Windermere has been completed by Marine Designs Ltd, part of the A&P Group.

 

Marine Designs Ltd, based in Falmouth, Cornwall, designs and builds heavy-duty pontoon systems, many of which are used in the offshore wind renewable sector.

 

The company designed and installed Brockhole Jetty, on the shores of Lake Windermere between Ambleside and Bowness. The jetty was commissioned by the Lake District National Park Authority to provide better access to the Windermere ferries.

Marine Designs Ltd. win contract with Grimsby Fish Dock

Marine Designs Limited have announced at this month’s Seawork International 2011 exhibition that it has been awarded a contract to build and install their award winning Dockmaster pontoon system within the Grimsby Fish Docks.

 

As part of an ongoing agreement between the Grimsby Fish Dock Enterprise and Centrica the companies will use the pontoons as a docking station to enable the safe transfer of offshore and marine personnel from port to their offshore wind farm.  Six of the innovative Dockmaster concrete pontoon units will be supplied by September 2011.

 

To download the full press release, please click here.

Marine Designs win Green Energy award

Marine Designs Ltd has scooped a Green Energy award for their innovative DockMaster pontoon system.

 

The Best Business Innovation Award was presented at the annual Regen SW Green Energy Awards in Bath.  Regen SW is the renewable energy agency for South West England and its awards are regarded as the Oscars of the region’s renewable energy industry.

 

Drystan Jones, Managing Director of Marine Designs, said: “This award is the icing on the cake for us because 2010 has been a year of rapid growth thanks to our focus on meeting the needs of offshore wind developers.

 

“Our Dockmaster system provides an instant, low-maintenance pontoon solution for operators who require heavy-duty capacity and a stable platform either in port or on site offshore.  It provides for the safe and efficient transfer of staff and can speed up turbine transfer times in an industry where time really is money.”

 

The award comes at an exciting time for Marine Designs, having undertaken four separate offshore wind farm pontoon projects in 2010 and taken on 10 new staff to meet demand.

 

Marine Designs has recently been awarded the contract to install an operations and maintenance pontoon system for the London Array project at Ramsgate, which is creating what is expected to be the world’s largest offshore windfarm.

Marine Designs Ltd. win Business Innovation Award at the Cornwall Business Awards

Marine Designs Ltd. have won the Business Innovation of the Year Award at the 2007 Cornwall Business Awards.

 

Tim Smit, of the Awards Council, described their winning Dockmaster Pontoon design as 'wonderful and innovative... so simple and needed'.  Director Shane Carr accepted the award on behalf of Marine Designs.

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