A unique 40-metre floating jetty made almost entirely from recycled products has provided a safer and more accessible solution for the Gove Boat Club in the Northern Territory.
Constructed from tyres filled with polyurethane foam, recycled plastic Enduroplank™ was chosen as the ideal material to use for the decking as it needs no painting or maintenance and is flexible enough to transition with the tide.
Harry Rowe from Tire-Link Floating Jetties, said a, ‘Floating jetty acts as a continuous breakwater against waves and wind making boarding a boat easier and safer, adding that, ‘In addition to its flexibility, the jetty is strong enough to survive extreme weather conditions and rough bottom locations’.
The deck boards were fitted at five per metre and spaced on average 11 mm apart to provide a non-slip surface. ‘All the pieces of this system can be handled by normal people without machinery or plant. Two men assembled this jetty, working around the tides in 10 days,’ said Harry.
‘The major benefit of Enduroplank™ decking is that it not only provides a non-slip surface, but the grooved boards offer visual assurance to users that they will not slip. Increasing safety is highly important on a surface that is often wet and may slope downhill,’ said Harry.