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Innovative new pontoon will benefit yachtsmen on Scottish west coast

A versatile new berthing and landing pontoon has been installed at a yachting facility on the West coast of Scotland that will greatly enhance the services available to visiting and resident yachts in the area.

The 116m long pontoon, with a 20m hammerhead at the end, has been installed by Fusion Marine for Barcaldine Marine at Loch Creran in Argyll, north of Oban. Barcaldine Marine, which is based at the Marine Resource Centre (MRC) on the loch, provides moorings, storage and service facilities for yachts.

The pontoon, which will greatly improve sea to shore access, is constructed from environmentally friendly recycled plastic and tough polyethylene (PE). The hammerhead arrangement will provide temporary berthing for up to six vessels at a time allowing ease of access for loading and unloading. The pontoon is moored in deep water and has 3m of depth at low water.

Martin Waterhouse, Chief Executive of Barcaldine Marine said: “The construction of the Fusion Marine temporary loading pontoon is a significant stage in the development of the MRC’s marine leisure division, Barcaldine Marine.“The pontoon will complement the existing range of services available and will result in the continued growth for this development area at the site. We have already had positive comments from customers and we are sure that Fusion Marine will gain additional orders for other such pontoons based on this excellent facility.”

The flexible nature of the individually designed pontoons from Fusion Marine enables them to be sited on shelving beaches and other coastal locations. As the tide drops the pontoon follows the contours of the foreshore, providing the perfect answer for businesses and other operators looking to attract visitors or gain easy round-the-clock access to the sea, providing a suitable freeboard and access at all states of the tide.

The pontoons are ideal for hotels looking to attract leisure craft; mooring associations and yacht clubs; community associations; country estates; angling and leisure boat operators and fish farming operations.
Iain Forbes of Fusion Marine said: “We have manufactured and installed a number of these pontoons on the West coast of Scotland and other areas. They are a great way of boosting business by attracting yachts and offering options such as boat or fishing trips.”

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