Pontoons are floating structures used for launching, mooring and accessing watercraft. Our pontoons have been used for a variety of applications, including mooring of emergency services vessels, landing platforms for rowing clubs, ferry terminals, floating water pumps, floating aeration and water treatment systems.
Our typical pontoons consist of heavy duty aluminium frames with rotationally moulded polyethylene flotation modules. Pontoons are available in a number of decking options to suit customer budgets, and aesthetic requirements.
The pontoon system is based on rotationally moulded, polyethylene flotation modules and are manufactured from high impact and stress crack resistant polyethylene. The material is U.V stabilised and does not suffer from osmosis or corrosion. Polyethylene flotation modules are virtually indestructible and maintenance free. They are suitable for fresh and saltwater marine environments, along with harsh sewerage, effluent and mining environments.
Boat ramp pontoons greatly assist in the safety and efficiency of trailer boat launching and retrieving at various tides. Boat ramp pontoons also make it possible to launch and retrieve most trailer boats single handed without holding up other users. A unique flexible coupling is used between pontoon sections to allow for articulation of the pontoon down the boat ramp at varying tides.
MDS Marine can design and manufacture a boat ramp pontoon to suit any existing or new boat ramp. For safe and convenient launching, consider an MDS Marine boat ramp pontoon on your next project.
Marinas are larger docking structures with multiple berths for mooring boats and yachts, typically constructed from a series of floating pontoons. Marinas are perfect for yacht clubs and local habours.
MDS Marine can design and manufacture a Marina to suit any enironment. For safe and convenient docking, consider an MDS Marine marina on your next project.
MDS Marine has been manufacturing heavy concrete decked pontoons for many years. Always innovating and improving the pontoon system has lead to the development of an aluminium waler profile to substitute traditional timber walers. This has greatly improved strength and durability, while reducing maintenance.
The Issue with traditional timber walers is that they only perform well when they are tight and in good condition. Timber is a natural product - will shrink and swell with changes in conditions, which results in tie rods and fasteners loosening. Timber walers will generally require tightening every few months.
The aluminium walers greatly reduce this issue when coupled with the use of stainless steel tie rods and nylon inset lock nuts. This results in a highly reliable system with less maintenance, requiring less tightening of fasteners.
The heavy duty alloy composite marina system is fast becoming favourable among clients due to the following unique features:
All the above features result in a marina system that is extremely low maintenance due to its material selection. It is light weight which greatly reduces installation and handling costs (no need for large cranes). It will handle large vessels and aggressive wave climates due to its heavy frame construction and flexible couplings. Other decking options include– FRP mesh and kiln dried hardwood and plastic timber composites. All pontoons manufactured by MDS Marine are designed in accordance with Australian Standard AS3962.