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Prestigious RNLI contract for Totnes pontoon firm

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: August 18, 2014

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Totnes pontoon specialists have won a contract with a RNLI £11.2million construction project in Poole.

Docking Solutions at Baltic Wharf,Totnes will design, manufacture and install galvanised steel pontoons and aluminium access structures for the RNLI new national £11.2million production and maintenance facility for all-weather lifeboat construction facility at North Quay and West Quay in Poole.

It is a prestigious contract for the company worth £475,000.

The firm has this year already created walkways at Sutton Harbour lock, Plymouth, maintenance cataramans and access bridges for the MOD at Devonport, Plymouth, pontoon and access walkways at Looe Harbour and pontoons for EDF supply vessels at Hartlepool, Teeside.

Will Robertson, Contracts Manager at Docking Solutions said, “Our work involves major projects all over the country. We are delighted to be asked to supply these unique pontoons and access systems which will enhance the facilities at the RNLI’s construction facility.”

The project involves the construction and installation of pontoons with a total run of 70 metres at North Quay and 40 metres at West Quay.

Each pontoon is up to 23 metres long and 3.5 metres wide, which rise and fall with the tide, together with access bankseats, 18 metre long ramps and 9 metre long steps.

The work is being undertaken as part of the RNLI Coventina project.

The Coventina project is a major investment for the RNLI and involves the total demolition of the existing Lifeboat Maintenance Centre, and construction of a new state of the art shipyard and Lifeboat Centre.

The RNLI has an active fleet of more than 340 lifeboats ranging from 3.8–17m in length, and is required to build six all-weather lifeboats every year, as well as maintain its existing fleet over the next 20 years.

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