Fenders: Much more than a berth protector

An array of fenders across a port.

Source: ShibataFenderTeam

Dave MacIntyre finds out why fender evolution has demanded a review of current best practices

Marine fenders are a critical component in maritime infrastructure, absorbing the energy of vessels during berthing and while moored, and protecting ships and berth structures from damage.

But changes to materials and use, in addition to new technologies, have rendered guidelines on best practice out-of-date, prompting an industry-wide review of specifications.

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