Intermarine Proves Reinforced Concrete Really Can Float

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Intermarine, a Southampton based company specialising in the production of floating pontoons used in the construction of marinas and landings, have just announced the completion of a successful project at the Port of Scheveningen, for the Municipality of the Hague.

Led by Interboat Marinas, one of its European partners based in Holland, the brief involved the construction and installation of 21 floating concrete pontoons to carefully match those already in use within the port.

The project also involved piling works, traditional finger pontoons and the installation of M&E services. Intermarine provided all of the floating equipment and Interboat Marinas delivered the rest of the project.

According to Erik Langrick, Project Manager from Interboat Marinas -

‘We needed a robust, cost effective solution to meet our demanding requirements. Traditional pontoons were just not suitable, and this heavy-duty concrete pontoon from Intermarine ticked all the boxes. Our client’s decision to award the contract to us was ultimately decided by the textured finish and our ability to work with Intermarine to adapt the design to meet their specifications.’

The Scheveningen project represents one of the largest overseas commissions for the Interfloat 2500, a new product from Intermarine, which combines the toughness of reinforced cast concrete with the buoyancy of polystyrene.

The modular system has been designed specifically to handle heavy live loads whilst maintaining optimum stability. The units are robust, low maintenance and have a unique cast in textured finish on the deck, achieved by casting upside down in a steel mold.

The design can also be modified to accommodate different freeboards and lengths. Service ducts and side channels for connection of fenders, fingers and pile guides can all be incorporated into the construction on request.

What's more, each of the components can be packed inside standard Euro liner trailers for cost-effective transportation prior to easy assembly on-site.

For Scott Gaherty, Managing Director of Intermarine, the Port of Scheveningen project represents the culmination of several years work perfecting the Interfloat product -

'We're delighted with the result. I guess we've shown that reinforced concrete can float. Seriously though, I can't thank my team enough for putting the effort into creating a world-class product to go with our other solutions already in use throughout Europe. We've worked closely with Interboat Marinas for over 10 years now and this is just one of many fantastic projects we have delivered together.'

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Scott Gaherty
Intermarine Ltd
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