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Everything You Need to Know About Rubber Marine Fenders

What are Rubber Marine Fenders?

Rubber marine fenders act as a cushion for boats or vessels berthing to a dock, quay wall or to other ships. A Rubber fender can either be extruded or moulded and has high shock resistance and low reaction force.

What are the key Advantages of Rubber Marine Fenders?

Rubber marine fenders provide the following benefits:

·    They prevent any damage to vessels and the berthing structure during and after the berthing process.

·    They absorb the high kinetic energy brought by the vessel which can potentially damage the dock.

·    They prohibit any loss to the body of a boat or a ship.

·    Permanently fixed marine fenders on docks can minimise any possible damage caused by accidents due to heavy traffic passing through a dockyard.

What are the Common types of Rubber Marine Fenders?

Different types of rubber fenders have emerged over the years due to different application requirements in marine transportation. Rubber fenders provide sufficient options to different marine operators depending on how they can build the most suitable fender system for their needs.  Here are some of the most popular alternatives:

Cell Fenders

Cell fenders are one of the most commonly used fenders in the marine industry. They can be found on many oil and LNG platforms, ship terminals and container berths.

The shape of cell fenders provides an effective shear resistance that is capable of absorbing the energy of a solid structure coming from different directions.

“D” Fenders

D fenders are also commonly used across the world, particularly in smaller ports and for small ships.  As the name suggests, the shape of these fenders is formed like the letter “D.” The flat back design offers easy installation on various dock surfaces.

There are three main types of “D” rubber fenders that differ based on their inner hollow shape:

·    DD has a D-shaped inner hollow

·    DC has an O-shaped inner hollow

·    Solid-D has no inner chamber

Pneumatic Fenders

This type of fender has a low reaction force (soft reaction force), which is most suitable for ship-to-ship operations. Pneumatic marine fenders involve small maintenance costs and usually require a tyre/chain net that will serve as extra protection.

Where can I Buy Good Quality Rubber Fenders?

With low reaction force and the ability to absorb high energy impacts,Coruba offers rubber fenders that are suitable for many different marine applications.

Able to withstand powerful contact from marine vessels, whilst protecting them and the berthing structures at the same time, these cheap yet good quality products are available in different sizes. They can also be fabricated depending on your particular specifications.

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