Working for the Department of Agriculture Food and Marine, Dunmore East Fishery Harbour Centre and liaising closely with the RNLI, we designed, manufactured and installed a new berth for Dunmore East RNLI’s all-weather Trent class lifeboat.
|Client||Department of Agriculture Food and Marine and Dunmore East Fishery Harbour Centre|
|Date||Installed December 2020|
|Where||Dunmore East, County Waterford, Ireland|
Installed in December 2020, the new berthing facility was built to service the RNLI as well as provide safe and secure access ashore for various users, including cruise ship passengers.
The shared 27m long x 7m wide steel tubular pontoon was a new product from us, employing waterproofing and paint system technologies not previously used on other projects. Moored on piles, it has a 32m access gangway and is surfaced with durable Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) pontoon decking with excellent anti-slip properties, offering all users confident footing on a stable platform.
Weighing in at 90 tonnes, we fabricated the tubular pontoon in six pieces to make it less challenging to manoeuvre. We then joined the pieces together in the dry dock at New Ross Boat Yard in Co. Wexford prior to floating the massive structure and towing it to its new home at Dunmore East.
The RNLI now has somewhere secure for its crew to launch from, allowing them to provide a safe environment for anyone out on the water in the area, while the cruise ship passengers can easily access the bustling fishing village, increasing footfall to local businesses during the tourist season.