Coventry, United Kingdom – PU systems house Notedome has created a formulation for marine fenders fitted at the Thames River Ferry station at Canary Wharf, London. The busy station has ferry crossings linking the north and south sides of the Thames every few minutes, and is also a stopping point for the west-east Thames River Bus service, which moors every 10 minutes.
The station’s operators required marine fenders what were lightweight, non-rubber, non-marking, flexible, energy absorbing, and easy fitting. A UK-based moulder, who had already made marine fenders for use on North Sea wind farms, turned to Notedome to create the ideal formulation for the Canary Wharf installation.
A program of ‘proof of concept’ experiments was carried out at Notedome’s Coventry laboratory. The initial formulation was fine-tuned to optimise key properties, and prototypes were made to confirm the modified PU system adhered to the manufacturing processing parameters, and optimised the design and performance of the wharf fender.
Notedome’s technical team used industrial-scale PU dispensing equipment for the fender prototyping to ensure the formulation was perfected prior to manufacturing.