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Pipeshield provide Dubai Marina scour protection

15th Aug 2019
Early 2019, Lowestoft based Pipeshield International Limited were awarded the contract to manufacture & supply the scour protection for the Dubai Marina Masterplan project in the United Arab Emirates.
Located next to the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, this significant project is the latest award for Pipeshield’s expanding marine civil's division.
Following a prolonged period of design clarification with the appointed design consultants Pipeshield were contracted by Dutch dredging and marine civil's giant Van Oord to manufacture over 1,400no 450mm thick concrete mattresses fitted with Pipeshield’s patented GEO=MAT geotextile system to protect the seabed from scour caused by large vessels and tidal conditions in the marina. 
The bespoke system included extra geotextile flaps fitted with special stiffener rods which hold out the flaps negating the need for additional seabed pinning and minimising diver interaction. Once in position the neighbouring mattresses were then installed in accordance to the PIANC code of practice ensuring all mattresses were closely butted up against the next mattress, sitting on top of the neighbouring overlay flaps. The self stable system, verified by design consultants Jacobs, will provide a longterm protective solution with a continuous barrier protecting against both impact and scour protection along the new marina.
All concrete mattresses were manufactured locally at Pipeshield’s official manufacturing partner United Precast Concrete Dubai, part of the BPC Group. Pipeshield’s representatives in the UAE work closely with UPC’s highly professional team to project manager and manufacture Pipeshield’s patented mattresses. The mattresses were then transported to the quayside where the GEO=MAT system was fitted prior to installation.
Pipeshield supplied Van Oord with specialist quick release installation frames fitted with surface operated Hydraulic Release Kits (HRK). This system has been developed by Pipeshield to reduce the need for diver or ROV operation of the frames release system. This system can be used for various applications.
For protection at the toe of the quay wall Pipeshield provided specialist lined rock filter units containing a grout & rock mix carefully blended using vibration tables. This specialist blend and filling methodology enabled the bolster units to take the shape of the quaywall before hardening post installation.
Pipeshield International Trading LLC is Pipeshield International Limited’s UAE registered company. The company’s full range of products and services are available across the Middle East and continues the success gained in the region following many years of growth in the Oil and Gas sector in Saudi Arabia. 
Pipeshield’s General Manager David Blake said, “We were delighted to receive this award by Van Oord. Pipeshield’s marine civil's division has steadily grown over the last few years and have undertaken several of these projects recently in the UK, UAE and Kuwait. We are seeing a lot of similar scour issues which our products are ideally suited for. Our in house technical design team are hugely experienced and worked closely with the design consultants to calculate the precise system for this project. To be part of such a significant project is fantastic. Our Middle East based team are working closely with our local supply partners UPC who are one of the leading precasters in their field and have yet again proved why they are so highly respected, manufacturing our concrete mattresses to the highest quality from their fantastic facilities. Our relationship with the group enables us to provide our products and services across the Middle East from multiple manufacturing locations."
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