This task represents something of a first for Poralu Marine, which has a record of designing and installing floating concrete pontoons, but never a fixed pontoon with a concrete covering. The fixed pontoons it has installed until now have had an aluminium framework with decking made of EcostyleTM tropical hardwood, a product exclusive to Poralu Marine, or EcoteckTM wood composite.
The replacement of the existing fixed concrete pontoon, which was coming to the end of its useful life and creating problems from a safety perspective, was becoming rather urgent. As part of this huge undertaking, Poralu Marine installed an 87 m length of fixed pontoon, the equivalent of 8 individual pontoons.
The decking was made of concrete slabs covered with chippings, in keeping with the general architecture of the port of Mandelieu-la-Napoule.
With this first installation of a pontoon with decking made of concrete slabs, Poralu Marine has again shown a real willingness to respond to customer demands and proven its ability to design customised equipment requiring new forms of technology or new expertise.
Mandelieu-la-Napoule is just another addition to the long list of projects already undertaken by Poralu Marine, which has a well-established presence on the Mediterranean coastline. Other notable examples include Saint–Laurent-du-Var, the most recent, Marseillan, Carnon, Cap d''Agde, la Grande Motte and Port
Camargue, Europe''s largest port with some 4,680 moorings.