Dry docking is a common procedure for large vessels and ships. It is a way to perform maintenance, upkeep and repairs to the undercarriage of ships that are usually submerged in water.
Benefits of Recycled Plastic Lumber
Bedford Technology’s structural recycled plastic lumber offers performance characteristics perfect for heavy-duty applications like dry-dock cribbing that require increased strength properties. Able to withstand extreme weather conditions like extreme heat, cold and high levels of moisture, structural HDPE plastic lumber won’t mold, rot or degrade and is resistant to marine borers and crustaceans.
Bedford Technology products are sourced from post-consumer and post-industrial recyclables like milk jugs and laundry detergent bottles. So far, Bedford Technology has helped keep millions of pounds of plastic out of landfills by repurposing it into a durable and tough building material.
What Bedford Technology Products for the Job?
FiberForce® by Bedford Technology is a structural product engineered with fiberglass strand to increase strength and rigidity. With increased strength properties, ships and vessels will be fully supported to focus on maintenance and repairs. This product line is perfectly suited for projects requiring dimensional stability like dry dock cribbing applications.
BarForce® by Bedford Technology – reinforced with fiberglass polymer rebar, this commercial-grade HDPE plastic lumber building material offers resilience and compressive strength properties. BarForce® allows for longer spans and is best-suited for dry dock applications that support heavy loads like ships.
Why Traditional Building Materials Fall Short
Traditional wood has been a common material used for dry dock applications, but it can break down over time due to moisture, weather conditions (extreme heat and cold), and is susceptible to rot, mold and insect damage. It can also get very expensive and time-consuming to replace or repair. Dry-dock cribbing needs to be able to withstand heavy loads and remain durable for extended periods of time in high moisture environments, and traditional wood may not be the best choice for these types of applications.
Support Your Ships with Structural Plastic Lumber
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