Bellingham Docks are modernizing the world's waterfronts
Advanced materials and a new design are big steps toward the dock of the future where long-service life and low-maintenance are the reality.
Advanced Dock Systems
The new docks are not only more durable and lower maintenance than their predecessors and competitors, they have a more contemporary look and now include technology innovations as standard.
As well as pushing the boundaries of floating structure technology Bellingham Marine is also setting new standards for smart waterfront development and modern marina design.
Long-lasting, low-maintenance floating structures are the cornerstone of sustainable development. Combine that with technologically advanced, user-centric designs and you have a profitable outcome. The approach is taking hold in cities and harbors around the world.
The approach is not only advantageous for the property owner, but good for the community and favorable for the environment.
Top reasons for investing in infrastructure with a long service life:
- Avoid the need for big reserves for future replacement
- Yield a higher ROI
- Eliminate exorbitant maintenance costs associated with a rapidly aging facility
- Minimize environmental impact
- It’s the smart choice; one you can stand proudly behind for years to come
New Materials for Extended Life
New materials add decades to service life and reduce cost of ownership.
Advanced Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) is a game changer for the dock industry. It is lightweight, long lasting, non-corrosive and does not deteriorate.
The advanced composite is proving to be a strong alternative to traditional building materials across sectors.
As of 2020, Bellingham is on track to replace all steel and wood from the Unifloat concrete dock with FRP components. FRP thru-rods are standard on all Unifloat docks in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand. FRP walers are available. Currently on a limited basis. Use is expected to grow as the technology advances. Marteen bar (an FRP rebar alternative) will replace all galvanized reinforcing in coming years.
New Design for Stronger, Larger Structures
New manufacturing technologies create new possibilities for stronger, larger floating structures.
Post-tensioned floating structures offer rock solid stability and bulletproof performance. Perfect for floating breakwater, wave attenuation and industrial applications.
Bellingham has brought the technology used in modern post-tension bridge construction to the marina industry. Post-tensioning transformed the construction of long-span bridges and high-rise buildings. Bellingham has refined this technology over the last 30 years to revolutionize the construction of large, heavy-duty floating structures. Recent advancements have allowed for the technology to be adopted to the company’s floating breakwaters /wave attenuators.
Benefits of the post-tensioned design:
- Near zero maintenance
- Long service life
- Low lifetime cost
- Corrosion resistant
- Exceptional stiffness and strength
- Economical to build and ship
- Extreme weather and storm surge resistant
- Versatile in shape, delivery and application
Bellingham is determined to take the signature longevity of its dock systems one-step further. A near zero maintenance dock with a service life of 60+ years. The ultimate marina for real estate minded investors and long-term property holders.
Traditional docks have 2 glaring weaknesses.
- Docks don’t last long because they are made out of materials that quickly deteriorate in the marine environment.
- Docks can be costly to maintain. The harsh marine environment and constant motion places considerable stress on the entire system.
When you build with wood or metals, the day you walkaway it starts to deteriorate. Then you have to maintain it.
The dock of the future will have no wood or ferrous materials. Its service life will be on par with landside structures. They will require minimal maintenance.
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When you purchase a Bellingham dock, you know you are getting a reliable, long-lasting dock. The company’s floating docks top the list of docks with the highest level of owner satisfaction and longest service life.
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