Fenders are an integral part of safety system of the ship which reduces the shocks upon the quay or the hull. A wide range or variety of marine fenders is available in the market for different applications. They are not only used for merchant vessels, but also for boats, yachts, and other floating vessels.
Marine fender selection is important as it determines the safety of the personnel, cargo and body of the ship and its equipments. The turn around time of the ship can depend on the quality of the fender. One has to keep in mind the statistics of the heaviest and the largest vessel that reports to the dock before selecting and arranging the marine fender system.
Various types of rubber marine fender, foam marine fender and pneumatic marine fenders Now fixed rubber fender systems comes in different varieties such as.
D type fenders
Dock corner rubber fenders
Pie-type rubber fenders
Foam fenders contain chemicals such as Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA), which are floatable and low in maintenance cost. A polyurethane spray or elastic-polymer sprays are used over these fenders to create near total wear resistant exterior
Pneumatic fenders are air filled floating marine fenders which can be fitted on quay wall or ships hull according to the requirement.