It’s good to be a lightweight
This will be the fifth Seawork for Manuplas. This year the company will showcase its lightweight vessel fendering systems as well as its full range of vessel fendering systems and marine buoys.
Manuplas recognises that wind farms are being constructed in deeper waters than ever before and, as a result, there is an increased need for vessels to operate in tougher conditions and at higher speeds. They are aware, too, that vessel owners are focusing on reducing operational costs, particularly in terms of fuel consumption.
This has driven the company to develop lightweight vessel fendering systems which are up to 60% lighter than traditional rubber D fenders. The fenders are manufactured from a cross-linked polyethylene foam with a non-marking spray-applied polyurethane elastomer skin.
These new lightweight fenders help to improve speed and fuel consumption of wind farm vessels and crew transfer mono-hulls and catamarans. Such systems are also proving popular for a range of other vessels which operate at high speed in challenging maritime conditions including high speed interceptor vessels, lifeboats, military vessels, patrol boats and search and rescue vessels.
Manuplas’ lightweight, sprayed fenders are often supplied as a modular configuration which makes it easier, quicker and more cost effective to replace worn or damaged sections. Vessel service downtime is reduced dramatically.
Greg Hue, Global Sales Manager for Manuplas Marine and Fendering Products, says: “Attending our fifth Seawork Show will be a great opportunity to show the market our latest, leading developments for lightweight fender solutions. We are also pleased to hear that some of our customers will be displaying vessels feature Manuplas fendering”.
Manuplas are exhibiting at stand PY13.
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