Marine Fenders International, Inc., a manufacturer of marine fendering systems, was selected to supply our Ocean Guard Netless foam filled marine fender system for the one of the harshest marine environments in the world, the DeLong Pier
at the Thule Air Base in Greenland.
The Maintain DeLong Pier project is located at the DeLong Pier along the Waterfront. The maximum mean daily temperature is 7° C (44° F) in the month of July, with a minimum mean daily temperature of -29°C (-20° F) in the month of March. The DeLong Pier was constructed circa 1950 and is a prefabricated steel structure 1,000 x 50 ftx oriented in the west-east direction. The pier consists of four steel barge units
, each with overall dimensions of 250 x 50 x 10 ft., aligned end to end. The barges are supported by two rows and twenty-four bents of steel pipe caissons. Each barge is supported
by two rows of six caissons. The project work consists of jacketing deteriorated north row caissons, installation of a galvanic cathodic protection system
, coating of the south row caisson to barge interface, the installation of a Ocean Guard™ Netless foam filled marine fender system and the repair of a damaged barge unit.
The replacement fender system consists of the installation of 20 Ocean Guard™ Netless foam filled fenders measuring 4 ft diameter by 12 ft long each. These tough fenders are constructed with a heat laminated energy absorbing resilient foam core; a thick tough filament nylon tire cord reinforced non-marking urethane skin; and heavy duty integral swivel end fittings internally connected with a stud-link chain. These Ocean Guard™ Netless foam filled fenders are designed to absorb 146 ft-kips (20 ton-m) of energy when 60 percent compressed with a corresponding load of 136 kips (62 tons).