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County Offaly firm Inland and Coastal Marinas Ltd has delivered the longest public floating wave attenuator – or breakwater – now installed in Australia at the Geelong Waterfront Safe Harbour Precinct project in the state of Victoria.

Working with local firm Poralu Marine the major work has just been completed at Royal Geelong Yacht Club (RGYC), with Poralu the main general contractor for this turn-key multi-million-dollar project.

Just six months ago, the wide load was navigating Birr town on its way down under as as Afloat reported here

The heavy-duty wide floating concrete wave attenuator that was shipped from Ireland last November will now protect the first stage of a brand-new aluminium made marina.

The harbour that could previously shelter 280 berths has been completely remodelled simultaneously with the waterfront. The fixed jetties will eventually be replaced by the floating versatile system to offer around 360 berths which can moor boats ranging from eight to twenty-seven meters.

The Inland and Coastal Marina Ltd produced massive concrete structure was shipped from Ireland last NovemberThe Inland and Coastal Marina Ltd produced massive concrete structure was shipped from Ireland last November

This project marks an important milestone for the Victorian shores. Wangim Walk (which means boomerang in the Wadawurrung language) is a 440-metre-long concrete public wave attenuator and amongst the longest built in Australia in a similar area exposed to strong winds. With its width of five to six meters and its 20-meter-long gangway, the wave attenuator is highly noticeable and was designed not only to welcome visitors for a unique on-water experience but also as a wave protection for the harbour and to facilitate the berthing of temporary vessels and mega yachts.

RGYC General Manager Phil Clohesy declares: “The Royal Geelong Yacht Club is delighted to deliver this iconic new feature to the Geelong waterfront and community. Wangim Walk functions as a floating breakwater to protect the harbour and allow for RGYC to operate floating docks safely and successfully. Well-protected marinas are the most sought-after marina facilities for all boaters, so this is great news for the waterfront. We look forward to Wangim Walk bringing pleasure to all those who live in the city and region and those who come to visit our beautiful bay and waterfront.”

Published in Irish Marinas

County Offaly marine construction firm Inland and Coastal Marinas Ltd has installed heavy-duty workboat pontoons at Fraserburgh Harbour, in the North-East corner of Scotland providing new crew transfer vessel berthing facilities for the Moray East Offshore Windfarm.

With electricity and lighting, this all-in-one base for the daily servicing and refuelling of the CTVs during the ongoing maintenance of the wind farm can be used safely all year round, any time of the day or night.

Published in Power From the Sea

Working for the Department of Agriculture Food and Marine, Dunmore East Fishery Harbour Centre and liaising closely with the RNLI, Inland and Coastal Marina Systems (ICMS) has designed, manufactured and installed a new berth for Dunmore East RNLI’s all-weather Trent class lifeboat.

Installed in December 2020, the new berthing facility has been 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 is a new product from ICMS, employing waterproofing and paint system technologies not previously used on its other projects. Moored on piles, it has a 32m access gangway and is surfaced with durable Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) 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,” says Oliver Shortall, Managing Director at ICMS. “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.”

Cormac O Donoghue from the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine comments: “Working closely with us to fully understand the brief and what needed to be achieved, Inland and Coastal developed a bespoke solution catering for all stakeholders.

“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.”

To find out more about Inland and Coastal’s pontoon ranges and unique decking options visit here

Published in RNLI Lifeboats

Responding to increased demand for berthing, Inland and Coastal Marina Systems has designed and manufactured a 33-berth extension to the popular Newark Marina in the UK.

Situated on a non-tidal section of the River Trent, Newark Marina’s expansion has not been without its challenges. Extensive flooding, buried vehicles and the ongoing pandemic have caused disruption to the realisation of Managing Director James Wilkinson’s vision of a bright and attractive new extension to the picturesque inland marina.

The endeavour, also using local contractor Action Demolition, garnered a great deal of interest in the area, resulting in early demand from the local boating community keen to secure one of the new berths.

"The marina plays an important part in the local community,” says James. “Our new berths will give an important boost to the local economy, attracting, as it does, boaters from far and wide. We’ve already seen a strong take up in berths and would encourage anyone interested in keeping their boat with us to get in touch.”

Ironically, the onset of Covid-19 and the subsequent lockdown in March unlocked availability of important local earthmoving plant that enabled the team to catch up on lost time, moving the project forward.

Working closely with James and his team, Inland and Coastal ensured the new standard leisure pontoon system, with terracotta Glass Reinforced Concrete (GRC) decking, was available for delivery as soon the ground works were complete, ready for his team to install themselves, creating substantial savings for the marina.

“James had a very clear idea of what he wanted to achieve with the marina expansion, giving his berth holders a very pleasant place to stay,” says Jon Challis, Sales Manager at Inland and Coastal. “Disruptions to works, due to flooding and the coronavirus, meant uncertainty and installation dates moving as the situation unfolded, but we kept in touch throughout and were able to deliver as soon as he was ready.”

With the installation now finally nearing completion, James comments: "I am really pleased with the outcome. We went for Inland and Coastal's own specialist GRC decking system because it gives a much brighter, lighter feeling to the marina, whilst offering great stability and grip underfoot for our berth holders."

To find out more about Inland and Coastal’s pontoon ranges and unique decking options here

Published in Irish Marinas

Some of the largest concrete breakwaters to have ever been transported by road left Cork Harbour almost a year ago destined for a large international wave attenuation project in Geelong, Australia.

As the UK's Marine Industry News reported, the massive structures travelled by night to disrupt traffic as little as possible on its way to the Port of Cork. The convoy passed through small towns, where street signage and other structures had to be taken down to accommodate the wide load. Even on the motorways, toll booths had to be disassembled to allow passage before it could reach the port where the breakwaters were transferred to cargo ships for the next leg of their journey.

The breakwaters are made by Inland and Coastal Marina Systems which manufactures and exports 6m wide breakwaters from its factory in County Offaly.

“We’re making increasingly larger breakwaters to meet the growing demand to attenuate waves in more exposed sites,” says Maeve Parker, Inland and Coastal Senior Marina Engineer. “We make them in Ireland so that we can tightly control the manufacturing process, ensuring they are high-quality.

The shipping is always a fun challenge though, but the results are well worth it.”

Now the works are nearing completion in Geelong, Afloat will have an update on the Inland and Coastal Marina Systems project from down under shortly. The company has also recently completed an extension to a marina in the Hebrides as Afloat reports here.

Published in Marine Trade

Leisure craft berthing at Stornoway Harbour marina in The Hebrides has been boosted to 155 thanks to the completion of works by Offaly firm Inland and Coastal and the installation of 75 new marina berths in Stornoway's Newton Basin.

As Afloat reported in June, The midlands firm designed and built the new pontoons using its own GRP mini-mesh decking, giving the much needed additional berths excellent anti-slip properties.

Protected by a state-of-the-art breakwater, the new Scottish berths will welcome their first resident boats in the New Year.

Offshore energy sector

This month, the busy Irish marine firm is also exhibiting at RenewableUK’s virtual Global Offshore Wind event 2020 from 28-30 October. Inland and Coastal is in the Enterprise Ireland pavilion, showcasing its 'Operational and Maintenance Base' pontoons for the offshore energy sector.

Published in Irish Marinas

County Offaly firm Inland and Coastal Marina Systems (ICMS) has been appointed by The Marine and Property Group Ltd as part of a major project to modernise its Port Dinorwic Marina.

The busy marine firm that hails from Banagher in the Faithful county recently installed pontoons in Stornoway, The Hebrides as Afloat reported previously here.

Acquired by The Marine Group in 2017, the 180-berth full-service marina on the coast of North Wales will receive a complete refresh of its marina hardware as part of a major upgrade project.

As much of the existing infrastructure as possible will be adapted, but where this isn’t feasible ICMS will replace walkways and finger pontoons completely with its highly respected Glass Reinforced Concrete (GRC) decked pontoons. The aesthetically pleasing GRC decking remains slip resistant when wet and doesn’t rot, considerably reducing maintenance costs while increasing the longevity of the marina system.

“We are investing in several areas at Port Dinorwic Marina, including the installation of club standard washrooms, upgraded food and beverage outlets and common areas with the aim of ensuring our berth holders and visitors enjoy a first-class experience for many years to come,” says Christopher Odling-Smee, Director of The Marine & Property Group.

“We’ve chosen to work with Inland and Coastal Marina Systems as not only do they produce quality durable pontoon systems, but the team is keen to work with, and utilise, much of what currently exists, making the most efficient use of time and resources.”

Inland and Coastal Marina Systems’ Managing Director, Oliver Shortall comments: “It’s great to be involved in such an interesting project. Our GRC pontoons will provide safe and stable berthing for a long time to come at this picturesque location.

“As part of our sustainability effort, we always endeavour to work with existing infrastructure as much as possible, and we’re pleased to be able to incorporate established marina components while modernising the facilities at Port Dinorwic Marina.”

Port Dinorwic Marina is a Grade II listed marina and offers swinging moorings, a motorboat launching service and winter storage, in addition to annual and seasonal berthing. Boat sales, boatyard services and engine servicing are also available onsite.

Published in Irish Marinas

Later this summer, local and visiting leisure craft to Stornoway Harbour in The Hebrides will be enjoying 75 new marina berths in its Newton Basin – increasing capacity for leisure craft to 155. The new facilities, designed and built by County Offaly's Inland and Coastal Marina Systems (ICMS), will be protected by a state-of-the-art breakwater and complement the existing 80 berth marina that was expanded previously in 2014.

With demand again currently exceeding supply for berthing in Stornoway, ICMS is installing its leisure marina walkway and finger pontoons as part of Stornoway Port Authority’s 2017 Masterplan. The GRP mini-mesh decked pontoons will provide the much-needed additional marina berths, all with excellent anti-slip properties.

The Outer Hebrides is a key sailing destination for visitors, and Stornoway is an important link in the chain of safe havens stretching from the Butt of Lewis to the Isle of Barra. The marina’s situation on the Isle of Lewis makes access to the mainland and construction plant challenging.

The Stornoway Harbour Marina pontoon in the HebridesThe Stornoway Harbour Marina pontoon in the Hebrides

“Being in the Hebrides has its logistical issues when it comes to installation, but we always find a solution,” explains Brian Curley, Inland and Coastal Senior Project Manager. “Assembling the pontoons offsite really helps timewise and reduces the amount of specialist machinery needed in-situ.

“This exciting project will also incorporate a new slipway and boat hoist, enabling the marina to offer boatyard services to visitors and port users,” continues Brian. “We are delighted to be involved in such a prominent project in Scotland, which will be enjoyed by locals, sailors from aboard and the wider community long into the future.”

Published in Scottish Waters

County Offaly marina firm Inland and Coastal Marina Systems has successfully upgraded the ‘waiting’ jetty at Conwy Marina in North Wales. The new pontoon is now in constant use, providing users with a safe and secure place to wait for entrance into the marina.

Inland and Coastal installed a Continuous Concrete Pontoon (CCP), increasing berthing and load capacity for larger vessels. With greater wave reduction and stability properties, the system also requires less maintenance.

Due to varying water levels between the outer harbour and marina basin, access to the 500-berth marina is via a tidal sill.

“The large tidal range in the estuary here often causes the holding pontoon to ground at low water springs,” says Jon Roberts, Conwy Marina Manager. “Inland and Coastal’s continuous pontoon design works perfectly. The attention to detail also made the installation process extremely efficient. The work progressed during specific tidal gates without interfering with daily operations and I am delighted with the quality of the new structure.’’

Jon continues: “Our customers’ first impression of the marina comes from their experience on the waiting pontoon. The new pontoon, with its additional safety features and the reangled ramp to give less steep walk ashore access, make me confident that we are giving the best welcome possible.”

“Conwy is a stunning part of the coastline,” says Oliver Shortall, Inland and Coastal Managing Director. “We were delighted to provide a robust ‘waiting’ jetty. Our concrete pontoons have double the lifespan of wooden ones. The solid surfaces also offer much better grip properties - especially when wet.”

As well as continuously developing pontoon solutions for marina operators, yacht clubs and port authorities, Inland and Coastal is the official UK supplier of SeaBin, demonstrated at the recent Southampton International Boat Show.

Inland and Coastal will be exhibiting at METSTRADE on stand 05.514 in the Marina and Yard Pavilion.

Published in Irish Marinas

Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) in Ireland Information

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is a charity to save lives at sea in the waters of UK and Ireland. Funded principally by legacies and donations, the RNLI operates a fleet of lifeboats, crewed by volunteers, based at a range of coastal and inland waters stations. Working closely with UK and Ireland Coastguards, RNLI crews are available to launch at short notice to assist people and vessels in difficulties.

RNLI was founded in 1824 and is based in Poole, Dorset. The organisation raised €210m in funds in 2019, spending €200m on lifesaving activities and water safety education. RNLI also provides a beach lifeguard service in the UK and has recently developed an International drowning prevention strategy, partnering with other organisations and governments to make drowning prevention a global priority.

Irish Lifeboat Stations

There are 46 lifeboat stations on the island of Ireland, with an operational base in Swords, Co Dublin. Irish RNLI crews are tasked through a paging system instigated by the Irish Coast Guard which can task a range of rescue resources depending on the nature of the emergency.

Famous Irish Lifeboat Rescues

Irish Lifeboats have participated in many rescues, perhaps the most famous of which was the rescue of the crew of the Daunt Rock lightship off Cork Harbour by the Ballycotton lifeboat in 1936. Spending almost 50 hours at sea, the lifeboat stood by the drifting lightship until the proximity to the Daunt Rock forced the coxswain to get alongside and successfully rescue the lightship's crew.

32 Irish lifeboat crew have been lost in rescue missions, including the 15 crew of the Kingstown (now Dun Laoghaire) lifeboat which capsized while attempting to rescue the crew of the SS Palme on Christmas Eve 1895.

FAQs

While the number of callouts to lifeboat stations varies from year to year, Howth Lifeboat station has aggregated more 'shouts' in recent years than other stations, averaging just over 60 a year.

Stations with an offshore lifeboat have a full-time mechanic, while some have a full-time coxswain. However, most lifeboat crews are volunteers.

There are 46 lifeboat stations on the island of Ireland

32 Irish lifeboat crew have been lost in rescue missions, including the 15 crew of the Kingstown (now Dun Laoghaire) lifeboat which capsized while attempting to rescue the crew of the SS Palme on Christmas Eve 1895

In 2019, 8,941 lifeboat launches saved 342 lives across the RNLI fleet.

The Irish fleet is a mixture of inshore and all-weather (offshore) craft. The offshore lifeboats, which range from 17m to 12m in length are either moored afloat, launched down a slipway or are towed into the sea on a trailer and launched. The inshore boats are either rigid or non-rigid inflatables.

The Irish Coast Guard in the Republic of Ireland or the UK Coastguard in Northern Ireland task lifeboats when an emergency call is received, through any of the recognised systems. These include 999/112 phone calls, Mayday/PanPan calls on VHF, a signal from an emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) or distress signals.

The Irish Coast Guard is the government agency responsible for the response to, and co-ordination of, maritime accidents which require search and rescue operations. To carry out their task the Coast Guard calls on their own resources – Coast Guard units manned by volunteers and contracted helicopters, as well as "declared resources" - RNLI lifeboats and crews. While lifeboats conduct the operation, the coordination is provided by the Coast Guard.

A lifeboat coxswain (pronounced cox'n) is the skipper or master of the lifeboat.

RNLI Lifeboat crews are required to follow a particular development plan that covers a pre-agreed range of skills necessary to complete particular tasks. These skills and tasks form part of the competence-based training that is delivered both locally and at the RNLI's Lifeboat College in Poole, Dorset

 

While the RNLI is dependent on donations and legacies for funding, they also need volunteer crew and fund-raisers.

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