French company Ocean 3, specialist in the design and manufacture of a wide range of foam-filled marine products, has recently been awarded a number of contracts for the design and manufacture of foam-filled fenders and buoys.
These will be supplied to the French naval bases of Toulon and Brest, to the Belgian Navy and a cruise terminal in the Caribbean. This follows a contract win last year to design and build two large buoys for the mooring of cruise liners.
The company, which also manufactures lightweight, high-energy absorption, foam-filled vessel fendering, can undertake the fitting of its fendering system directly on vessels at its factory in northern France, something that was recently carried out on a 12m patrol boat.
The vessels can be sent on a trailer or even to a local marina off the Lys Canal just a few kilometres from the factory, where turnaround times are only a few days.
Alternatively, they also have the possibility of taking on-site scans, 3D laser pointed measurements in view to gain accurate measurements of boats’ hulls from which the fendering can be manufactured from; this will particularly benefit older vessels which do not have cad drawings or which have been modified in the past.
Ocean 3 has also announced the launch of its new website and will be exhibiting at shows including the Nav. Expo show in May (Lorient, France) and Seawork in June.
Visit Ocean 3 at Seawork International on stand PY44.
By Rebecca Strong