MDL completes Grimsby project


Pontoon specialist Marine Designs Ltd (MDL), part of the A&P Group, has completed its eleventh offshore wind-related project, with the installation of crew transfer pontoons in Grimsby Fish Docks for the EON Humber Gateway Windfarm Project.

The Falmouth-based company designs, builds and installs heavy-duty, 50-year design life ‘DockMaster’ concrete pontoon systems.

: One of the pontoons made and installed by Marine Designs Ltd, at Grimsby Fish Docks
One of the pontoons made and installed by MDL, at Grimsby Fish Docks

These low maintenance pontoons are ideal for vessels from 50 to 2,000 tonnes displacement, with variable usage from offshore wind crew transfer to very large tugs.

The Grimsby design and build contract involved the construction of five 52t x 6m x 1.1m freeboard concrete pontoon units, steel gangway, electrical and water services, pontoon fuel system and a two shore mounted gantry cranes.

Drystan Jones, managing director of Marine Designs Ltd, said: “Every detail of this installation was carefully considered with the client and the result is a really high quality pontoon system that will serve the site well throughout the operating life of the Humber Gateway Windfarm.”

MDL has now completed 11 pontoon installations for port operations and maintenance bases in the growing offshore wind energy market and is the biggest supplier to this industry.