Until 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:
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.
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 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>