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bridge-fendering-cpUntil now, wood, concrete, and steel have been the “go-to” choices for waterfront infrastructure projects. But the challenges associated with maintaining these products is considerable. Saltwater, chemicals, UV radiation, and changing weather conditions promote rot, rust, and spalling. Wood, concrete, and steel are also prone to impact damage from vessels. Fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composites are being adopted on a large scale to replace these legacy materials.

FRP is lightweight, strong, and flexible. It combines maximum environmental durability with a level of design flexibility that non-composite products simply cannot match. FRP's unique advantages are especially suited to the needs of waterfront infrastructure projects: 

    • corrosion resistance
    • zero maintenance
    • long-lasting
    • cost-efficient
    • high-strength and lightweight
    • superior energy absorption

Creative Pultrusion, Kenway Composites, and Composite Advantage —companies that are part of the Creative Composites Group—provide decades of industry experience in the design and manufacture of innovative FRP waterfront applications. Our team can work with you to develop a custom solution or we can tailor the product to your requirements.

Waterfront Products:

Pipe Piles

Pipe Piles

Hollow pipe pilings retain the strength of concrete or steel but have a lower bending stiffness. Our pipe piles are sturdy and durable and come in diameters of 10 inches to 72 inches and wall thicknesses up to 2 inches. LEARN MORE >>

Fender Systems

Fender System

Fender systems are the first line of defense for crucial waterway structures like bridge piers which can sustain damage from ships and barges.  FRP fender systems have been designed to absorb and dissipate high-energy impacts from ships and barges with as little wear and tear as possible. 

FRP is uniquely suited for the job because it has a lower bending stiffness than concrete or steel yet retains a comparable level of high strength.  As a result, with its unique capacity to absorb energy, FRP deflects and recovers its shape without damage the vessel or the fender. LEARN MORE >>


6.FRP Dolphin replacing wood pile cluster

A single, large diameter breasting dolphin can replace entire clusters of timber. Stronger and more durable, FRP dolphins can be installed at a lower-than-average cost. LEARN MORE >>

Guide Walls

Guide Wall

FRP guide walls are specifically designed to bend under incidental vessel contact before recovering their initial shape. This flexibility eliminates damage to the guide wall and the incoming ferry. LEARN MORE >>

Sheet Piles

Sheet Pile

FRP sheet piles replace traditional retaining walls with decay-proof fiberglass sheeting to protect shorelines from erosion and extreme weather. A high strength to weight ratio, corrosion resistance, maintenance-free operation, and product versatility make FRP sheet piles superior to wood, vinyl, concrete and steel. LEARN MORE >>



FRP camels provide safe, long-lasting berths for docking vessels. The floating structures fit between vessel and pier to protect both from accidental impact. FRP separators help regulate traffic and maintain space between vessels. LEARN MORE >>

  • Log camels. Log camels float between the ship and the pier to ensure that the vessel maintains a safe distance. They also help distribute berthing loads across multiple fenders so that the piling structures can better absorb the impact.
  • Submarine camels. Submarine camels maintain proper spacing between submersibles and a pier or wharf.  Low maintenance reduces operational costs over traditional steel and wood camels which require repairs every two years.
  • Aircraft carrier camels. Aircraft carrier camels are uniquely tasked with providing separation between massive naval vessels and the dock. These low-maintenance FRP products have a 25-year life span

Ship Separators


Ship separators are used to maintain distance between vessels that range from personal watercraft to commercial barges. These FRP separators are lightweight, durable and can operate for decades with minimal maintenance. LEARN MORE >>

Docks & Marinas

Docks & Marinas

FRP composites can be used to build the framework for structures like fiberglass piers, ports, harbors and marinas. FRP provides superior performance in ocean-front environments for decades. FRP can also be used to construct floating pump-out stations, which require a stable, lightweight platform. FRP dock piles provide higher performance and longer life than wood piles.  LEARN MORE >>

Specialty Applications

1. Army Corps of Engineers Wicket Gates

The Creative Composites Group has pioneered the application of FRP to products that meet the needs of waterfront industries. Have a problem you don’t have a solution for? Our team will work with you to develop an FRP solution, even if it’s never been done before. LEARN MORE >>

Need more information?

Creative Composites Group provides a comprehensive range of standard and customized FRP products to meet your project needs. Looking for more information about how we can help bring your project to life? Contact our staff of expert engineers today.

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