Swiss firm displays port barriers at Navdex
Abu Dhabi, February 22, 2011
Swiss-based Geobrugg is displaying its floating port security barrier that protects sensitive infrastructure from waterside attacks at the ongoing Naval Defence Exhibition (Navdex) in Abu Dhabi.
The inaugural Navdex opened at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre on February 20, and will conclude on February 24.
Waterside barriers developed by Geobrugg protect sensitive infrastructures like oil and LNG terminals, ships, harbours and ports, nuclear facilities, dams, bridge piers and waterside industry from intruders and terrorist attacks, a statement said.
The threat can arise from high speed / low tonnage vessels and low speed / high tonnage vessels loaded with explosives, it added.
There are two forms of waterside protection barriers, the fixed security barrier (FSB) and the floating port security barrier (PSB).
The FSB can be attached to existing structures or driven piles. High-tensile Saturn nets from Geobrugg are fixed to the piles, without resorting to a wear-intensive floating construction.
The protection system can span widths of up to 60 metres, sustain large tidal differences and be resistant to wind, currents and corrosion (seawater), according to the statement.
The new Geobrugg Foxx floating PSB consists of independent floating modules of 50 metres in length equipped with the high-tensile Maxx nets with a height of 2.5 metres.
The Foxx floating barrier can be assembled on shore and drawn to water. The floating modules are connected to each other and thus protect a defined area from waterside boat attacks.
Due to the floating design the barrier absorb large tidal differences, heavy winds and waves, while the low drag is very suitable for gate operations, the statement said.
Made from high-tensile stainless steel wire the barrier is highly corrosion and UV resistant, it added. – TradeArabia News Service
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