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Love ‘The Island’

An innovative new berthing concept features 26 new berths set amongst a large circular pontoon area.  Known as ‘The Island’, the new facility was installed at Shepperton Marina, Middlesex UK by Walcon Marine using products from Dura Composites.

This unique addition to Basin D accommodates vessels from 10 – 14 metres, features Dura Composites’ Dura Grating Mini Mesh product in Sand colour. Supplied to Walcon Marine, the Dura Grating offers a safe, strong, fast and, above all, proven grating.
Dura Composites’ GRP grating anti-slip surface is tested to withstand the wettest, oiliest and iciest conditions, thus ensuring a safe and highly durable walkway that allows marina access throughout the year.

Available in a range of thicknesses and mesh sizes (many with a Class B fire rating) Dura Grating products are easy to handle, making installation faster and more cost-effective. They also require little to no maintenance over the course of their life cycle, ensuring a non-corrosive surface that comes with a 25-year warranty.

Commenting on the project, Lisa Harris of Shepperton Marina said, “We chose the composite Dura Grating for this project for a number of reasons, mainly the safety, low maintenance and aesthetic aspects.  “During the colder months when pontoons can become icy or slippery, the composite grating surface remains safe for our staff and customers to walk on. In my opinion, from a health and safety point of view, you can’t beat it!  

“Historically, we have spent a lot of time replacing wooden deck boards which we no longer have to do with this product, saving us both time and money, and many of our customers have already complimented us on how safe they feel walking on it.  

“Thanks to the successful installation of our new ‘Island Berths’, we have now established a complete pontoon decking replacement programme where we will replace timber with GRP Dura Grating – and which we expect to be completed in the next couple of years.” 

Shepperton Marina is open seven days a week, providing a range of secure moorings with electricity and water, as well as large servicing and repair workshops. Ideally placed as a base for both upper and lower Thames cruising, Shepperton Marina was recently shortlisted for the TYHA UK Inland Marina of the Year Awards.

Exhibitors; Dura Composites and Walcon Marine
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