Floating log fenders are used between the ship and the pier or wharf structure. They provide a vessel standoff from a pier or wharf. These fender camels also spread berthing loads across many fender pilings or footprint of pier or wharf structure.
These floating fenders are usually allowed to float with the tide. Using FRP composite materials for log camels offer a long operational functionality life with minimal maintenance. There is great design flexibility for size and structural properties to meet berthing load requirements and pier configurations.
These floating camels have sufficient strength and stiffness to dissipate berthing forces along their length. The camels are specifically designed to be abrasion, impact, and UV resistant. With the composite construction, the camels are naturally buoyant.
Known to many customers as HarborCamels, our floating log camels have an inner fiberglass core that provides specific strength and stiffness properties to make the camels tough and durable. The HDPE outer skin encases the marine camels is designed to handle abrasion from direct vessel impact abrasion resistance. The pipe is foam filled and sealed, so it floats alongside the pier.
An FRP inner wall is designed to absorb the radial compression asserted on the marine camel during berthing. Wall thicknesses of the FRP vary depending on the sizes of the vessels. Log camels are available in diameters from 16” to 42” and are available up to 75’ in length, but the most common lengths are 40’ and 50’. The Camels typically float with a 50% freeboard. If a lower freeboard is required, let us know, and we can usually meet your needs.
Our composite fender camels can be secured in the desired position using nylon ropes or chains that are run through hawse pipes or connected to eyebolts. We can develop a solution that will work for your specific project, from traditional stainless-steel hawse pipes to eye bolt-style connections to all-composite attachments.