Salt Technologies has launched Segmental Pontoon, an ingenious new solution for heavy duty, floating pontoons. Segmental Pontoon offers unprecedented strength and load bearing capacity, combined with an optimised manufacturing and assembly process.
The development of Segmental Pontoon addresses key issues with the transport, installation, and maintenance of conventional heavy-duty pontoons, resulting in significant savings both in the CAPEX and the OPEX of these structures. At the same time, the versatility of Segmental Pontoon makes it the ideal solution for a wide range of applications, including:
- Large vessel berthing
- Wave attenuation
- Heavy vehicle access
- Building foundations
- Multipurpose barges
The development of the Segmental Pontoon started over 20 years ago, when Andrew Wheeler and David Millner thought of employing the technology of pre-cast post-tensioned concrete segments (commonly used in the construction of bridges) to build a pontoon of unparalleled strength and durability, without the need for heavy handling equipment, since the segments can be individually lowered into the water and connected while afloat.
Together, David and Andrew formed Segmental Solutions Limited in 2013, and conducted substantial development and engineering on the concept, to prove its viability. In 2017 Salt Technologies acquired Segmental Solutions and all its proprietary technology. However, technology alone would be of little value to us:
We have decided to acquire Segmental Solutions and relaunch this fascinating technology, not only because we believe in its technical merits, but because with it came the expertise and support of Andrew Wheeler, one of the most respected coastal engineers in the UK. This made the project fully aligned with our ethos of combining the marine industry’s leading experts with the digital generation.
Managing Director, Salt Technologies
The Segmental Pontoon technology was developed with the support of a network of partners across Europe. Together, they have over 150 years of experience in a wide range of coastal and floating structures.