Artistic Impression of the Transport Malta pontoon mooring analysis. © Salt Technologies.
Salt Technologies was commissioned by its sister company Ahlers Lindley to develop a mooring analysis for a large floating pontoon in Valletta, for the end client Transport Malta. The pontoon is intended to serve as berth for two patrol boats of the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM). Ahlers Lindley provided the detailed design, manufacture and installation of the pontoon, and you can find more about their scope of work here. Together, Salt Technologies and Ahlers Lindley provided Transport Malta with a complete solution for the patrol boat pontoon.
The Marsamxett Harbour is a natural formation to the East of the Maltese capital Valletta. Although sheltered, it is exposed from the Northeast to the fearsome Grigal which blows during the winter months, bringing strong winds and a significant sea state into the harbour.
The mooring system was particularly challenging due to the relatively deep water in which the pontoon is installed, and by a constraint on how far the anchoring points could be laid. Salt Technologies worked in close partnership with Ahlers Lindley and together we delivered a solution that withstands the predicted environmental loading, while respecting the installation constraints set out by the end client.
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