Marine infrastructure applications take quite a beating both from Mother Nature and boats, vessels and barges. Finding a sturdy and durable product for high-moisture environments can be difficult. Structurally engineered plastic lumber acts as a great alternative to traditional wood, metal and concrete because it can stand up in harsh environments.
Benefits/Features of Structural Recycled Plastic Lumber
Recycled plastic lumber products by Bedford Technology are manufactured using an environmentally-friendly process and are environmentally-friendly themselves as they are manufactured from recycled HDPE, like milk jugs. Bedford Technology’s products are non-polluting and won’t leach harmful chemicals. They are also resistant to marine borers and mold so they will withstand high moisture levels. They can be pile driven, sawn and drilled like traditional wood for easy installation and these products will withstand the test of time.
Marine Industry Applications
Longevity and durability are requirements for all marine industry projects. Products by Bedford Technology provide long-lasting structural support for in-water and on-shore applications. Here are a few of the applications that Bedford Technology’s structural plastic lumber is perfectly suited for:
Substructure applications used in the marine industry include whales, decks, dock and pier substructures. These applications provide support for boards and structures that go on top and can be found below or above ground level. In the marine industry, substructures also help protect the products from direct exposure to extreme moisture. It’s important to invest in a solid substructure that will last. With the Bedford Technology warranty on all of our product lines, you can be rest assured that the project will last.
This includes groynes, retaining walls and wave attenuation. Groynes are used as a barrier to protect from erosion and drifting. Retaining walls also protect against erosion and are commonly used where elevation changes occur. Wave attenuation applications help regulate the energy that is produced by waves in marinas or along a shoreline and can be constructed as a low wall or fencing system.
Small water piles are used as a foundation to support light-duty loads of piers and wharves. These piles offer durability and sustainability and protect structures from damage from barges and vessels. Bedford Technology products will not rot, corrode or decay and are proven to hold up in extreme environments and salt water.
Fender piles are used to help guide boats and other vessels and are generally constructed beside ferry slips and wharves. These piles act as a buffer to absorb and dissipate the impact energy of the vessel and provide a barrier to prevent the vessel from going underneath the pier.
Dolphins are groups of piles that are placed near piers and wharves that help guide vessels away from structures, or to serve as mooring points. They are also used to hold navigational aids and signage.
Bridge Pier Protection
Bridge pier protection includes piles and dolphins to create structures that guide vessels into a channel and away from bridge supports. These are generally lines of piles or fencing systems located in high-impact zones. With a low friction coefficient, the bumps and scrapes of vessels will not affect our plastic lumber like it does traditional wooden timbers.
Navigational aids are markers that guide ships through water. Examples include support lights, day beacons, fog signals and radar beacons.
Bedford Technology Marine Product Lines
Proven for long-term strength and durability in a variety of marine applications, Bedford Technology products are manufactured to last. Bedford Technology offers four product lines that are focused on meeting the specialized needs of the marine industry.
FiberForce® by Bedford Technology
FiberForce® by Bedford Technology utilizes fiberglass strands to increase rigidity. This added rigidity creates characteristics suited for many structural applications where a wider span, dimensional stability or increased flexural strength is required. Due to the increased strength and its resistance to environmental elements, structural recycled HDPE plastic lumber is well suited for marine applications where structural support or load bearing is required.
BarForce® by Bedford Technology
BarForce® by Bedford Technology is an industrial-strength commercial grade product that is reinforced with fiber polymer rebar which increases rigidity and dimensional stability. This product line is best-suited for projects requiring additional structural integrity.
SeaPile® and SeaTimber® by Bedford Technology
SeaPile® and SeaTimber® by Bedford Technology are fortified with fiber-reinforced polymer rebar, making it ideal for heavy-duty applications in the marine industry. Engineered using our Multi-X Technology, these products can withstand heavy impacts by absorption of energy through recoverable deflection and do not leach chemicals.
Ready to Climb on Board with Bedford Technology?
Whether you’re installing any of the listed applications, or have project ideas of your own, Bedford Technology has the right solution for your marine projects.