A huge well done to Roodberg Boat Handling for receiving a 2019 Boat Moving Marina Industry Award at METS Trade this year. The Pontoon & Dock Company Ltd are proud to be sole suppliers in the UK and Ireland for their range of quality boat handling equipment.
Set up by
Dan and Simon in 2009, they had a tatty white Vauxhall Combo van, a
little green trailer, 20 pieces of EZ Dock pontoons, a website and a dream.
Today P&D have in excess of 30 staff, a fleet of vehicles
and occupy an old Lancaster Bomber hangar. It has been quite a journey and
along the way we have:
·Floated cars down canals in Amsterdam.
·Dropped pontoons into sea coves from helicopters
for Red Bull Cliff Diving.
·Rescued people, cattle and cars from the floods
in the Somerset Levels.
·Helped in the Whaley Bridge Dam emergency.
·Provided pontoons for the 2012 Olympics.
·Improved access to water for people with a
·Worked with some of the biggest firms in the
We are very proud of how far we have come and would like to
thank all our staff for their hard work, enthusiasm and loyalty.
With the recent launch of P&D Marine Services Ltd,
providing a full suite of services for Boat Yards and Marinas including
equipment inspection, servicing and training, and the acquisition last year of
a large fleet of steel NATO pontoons to complement our already huge fleet of
plastic pontoons, we look forward to exiting times over the next ten years.
On Sunday 4th August, Both P&D and our sister
Company P&D Environmental attended the Whaley Bridge Dan collapse. We were
asked to supply a floating structure that would allow 10 water pumps to run in
the centre of the reservoir.
Working closely with Kier, our team installed over 500m² of our
floating P&D³ and EZ Dock pontoon, including bespoke fabrications to allow
the high volume pumps to be put in place and the pipes laid over the pontoon.
Our pontoon will be in use throughout the investigation and
repair of the dam, ensuring the water level remains safe for the residents of
Whaley Bridge and workers carrying out the repairs.
A huge well done to the P&D and P&DE team for pulling out
all the stops on site, in the warehouse and in the office, completing the
project in just 5 days.
The Cedar + Co. golf day at Mickleover Golf course saw
plenty of food, drinks, networking and most importantly fundraising for the Air
Ambulance. Raising well over £1,200 for a great cause, the P&D team had
stiff competition from local companies such as Mortgage Force and SmithsPartnership.
With the day rounding up to a score of 85 for P&D, Simon
Nadin our Sales Director lifted the trophy.
During June the P&D team exhibited at Seawork, showcasing
a range of marine products including EZ Dock pontoon, Roodberg boat handling equipment,
AirBerth boat lifts and Multi-Mover electric tow tugs. This year also saw the
launch of our sister company, P&D Marine Services which covers all aspects
of boat yard and marina operations including:
·Lifting equipment inspections and examinations.
·Operator and boat yard training.
·Sales of new, used and custom equipment.
·Servicing, repairs and maintenance of boat yard
·Site audits, assessments and consultancy.
Many thanks to Amanzi Safety and Rescue, Phoenix Transport
and Roodberg for your help and support to pull off both stands at the show!
On February 16th, the
P&D team attended the RYA Sailability Annual Conference at Wyboston Lakes
to talk about the products we offer.
From EZ Kayak Launches to Hereford Hoists,
our products can be attached to existing pontoon systems easily, ensuring
everyone can get out on the water. Find out more about what we offer here - https://www.pontoonanddock.com/
Merry Christmas!🎅Please note that both our office and warehouse will be closed from 12:30pm today. We will be closed throughout the festive period and return on Wednesday 2nd January. Thank you for your continued support.
We are very pleased to announce that Pontoon & Dock have won ‘EZ Dock European Distributor of The Year 2018’. After a very busy year of growth for Pontoon & Dock, this is a well-deserved success. Collected by our Business Manager and European Sales Manager in Florida, this award sets the foundations of what is sure to be another successful year for the team!
The 17th of August saw the start of the coastal rowing championships in Wexford. With over 30 clubs, the pontoon provided a safe way to enter and exit the water and even incorporated a slipway for launching and recovering the boats using the P&D³ system. The EZ Dock system provided safe and robust access in Wexford's harbour and allowed the 3,000 rowers to enter and exit quickly, ensuring the event ran smoothly throughout the weekend.
As the start host port for The Tall Ships Races 2018, Sunderland welcomed over 50 Tall Ships that travelled from all corners of the globe to reach the city and share in the celebrations. The beautiful vessels were themselves centre stage at this breathtaking event, allowing free public access at set times on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of the event.The pontoon, which consisted of a combination of NATO floats, and EZ Dock were installed in a number of locations around Sunderland to allow public access to the ships.
We've supplied the pontoon for the UK's biggest water sculpture, on display up until September 9th as part of the Great North Exhibition in Newcastle. The sculpture will perform on the hour (10am-11pm) every day of the exhibition, with three specially commissioned soundtracks available to download.There are 33 rocket jets laid out in a shape inspired by the Angel of the North on our pontoon in the centre of the River Tyne. These jets are choreographed to three specially commissioned music collaborations by Maximo Park and Kate Rusby with Royal Northern Sinfonia and Darkstar.The Get North Water Sculpture is visible right along the Newcastle Quayside and Gateshead Quays but is best viewed from the Newcastle Quayside, directly opposite Sage Gateshead, and whilst listening to the music.
The Pontoon & Dock Company
Ltd, leaders in the supply and installation of quality marina equipment are
pleased to announce the addition of a floating café on their EZ Dock pontoon at
Seawork 2018. The patented flotation design of the EZ Dock pontoon provides
more stability than traditional floating structures making it the ideal place
to host a café. Visitors will have the chance to get a drink and relax on the
stand whilst still on the water.
The floating café will be running
alongside two other exhibits from Pontoon & Dock including an AirBerth M320
- a boat lift storage system that allows boat owners to safely store their boat
out of the water, and a stand situated on the quayside displaying Roodberg boat
Chris Moss, the Business Manager
from Pontoon and Dock, said “This is an excellent chance for people to see how
safe and stable the EZ Dock system is. Hopefully this will show how companies
can utilise space on the water as a commercial extension of their existing
floating pontoon manufacturer Gael Force has established a partnership with modular
pontoon and marina equipment specialist The Pontoon & Dock Company to represent
Gael Force’s SeaHaven
range of floating pontoons, concrete breakwaters and gangways in marina markets
across England, Wales, Channel Isles and Isle of Man.
range includes a standard model of pontoon for inland waterways and less
exposed locations, and a robust, heavy duty model for exposed and coastal
locations.Last year, Gael Force
utilised its 35 years of experience in concrete production at its UK facility to
develop and produce their first set of large floating concrete breakwaters,
meaning that they are currently the UK’s only producer of large floating
concrete breakwaters.The pontoons can
be enhanced with their SeaSpan gangways and SeaHaven Pontoon Fingers.
Sales Director Jamie Young said, “For
over 25 years, we have been servicing the marina market.Our partnership with Pontoon & Dock is
one which provides an excellent fit within our plans to extend our offering to marina
operators across the wider UK – to bring a robustly manufactured product to the
market and add real value to marinas.We
have enjoyed a close working relationship with Pontoon & Dock in recent
years and we are more than confident that their knowledge and extensive network
in this market, supplemented by their excellent professional manner, will
enable us achieve our aims to turn marina concepts into reality.”
& Dock Managing Director Dan Bryant commented, “Our partnership with Gael Force Group is part
of an ongoing commitment to offer quality pontoon to customers throughout the
UK. Gael Force have experienced significant success with the SeaHaven range and
we look forward to working closely with the team. It will be a fantastic
opportunity to develop SeaHaven within the marine industry, the pontoons offer
superb stability and are a safe haven for leisure and commercial craft within a
marina. Our combined knowledge and experience in this industry will allow us to
provide an array of options for both new and existing customers.”
The Scheepsmotoren Eeuwe de Jong
shipyard in the Frisian town of Heeg have received their new Roodberg CT25SD Cradle Transporter. The new Transporter is the answer to
securely and rapidly moving heavier yachts over both rough and paved boatyard
terrain. "It's an all-rounder" deemed Eeuwe de Jong.
The new Transporter can be
described as a great all-rounder. Yachts of up to 25 tonnes can be moved around any
shipyard problem free. Rough ground, kerbs are no
longer a problem thanks to the exclusive Roodberg design with double tandem
wheels. The system lowers and spreads the weight on the ground surface,
enabling humps and bumps to be negotiated without jolts. Eeuwe de Jong
explains: "This ensures the best support for the boat’s hull and also
guarantees faster and safer work when moving." De Jong has been using these special Roodberg Transporters for many years and is once again enthusiastic
about his latest boatyard acquisition.
The Transporter has a range of unique
and practical qualities. The concept consists of a ‘one man operation system’,
and indeed one man can perform the entire transport operation with almost any
towing vehicle. A number of safety enhancing and practical features are
included, such as the 'hydraulically operated drawbar' for stable and safe
parking. This easy to operate drawbar also increases profit, as every cm² of
the yard can be used for boat storage. The 'top step storage', used for
transporting the required tools and materials, completes this new Transporter.
Eeuwe de Jong: "They’ve truly
thought of everything in this trailer. Moving boats around the boatyard has
never been easier. And of course it frees up time to spend on my own expertise:
the care and maintenance of boat engines and propellers."
Client: BAM Nuttal Ltd Project: Linton Bridge Stabilisation Works Neil Peters from Bam Nuttal approached us to design a solution for their bridge stabilisation works.
This was all part of a £4.5m repair work, approved by senior councillors at Leeds city council. The
bridge had dropped 20cm after floodwater undermined its foundations. More than 100 bridges were
damaged by floods in West Yorkshire. Councillor Richard Lewis said: “I think everyone now realises the challenge of repairing Linton Bridge
is considerable and requires detailed and complex work, so is not something that can be done
The method for this works was to build a temporary arch support system. This would be supported
by 2 off 17 tonne bridge trusses built onto 4 temporary steel tubular piles filled with concrete. The solution that Pontoon and Dock had to come up with was to float the 17 tonne trusses
underneath the bridge so the crane could lift and connect onto the support system bases.
After many discussions, we decided on a 29m x 2.5m double stacked EZ Dock pontoon with 4
outrigger pontoons double stacked to add stability for when the weight was added. This pontoon
would give us a floating capacity of some 60 tonnes.
Steel fenders were welded to the steel support bases, these were fixed to act as a safety barrier to
stop the whole structure from tipping when in motion.
Bam Nuttal had brought in a 500 Tonne mobile Mammoet Crane to carry out all lifting operations. The whole operation from lifting on the bridge trusses, floating into position and lifting back up onto
the support bases was a huge success with no issues at all.
Neil Peters was so impressed by our solution that they decided to increase the hire as they found it
was much easier to access the arch support to continue with their works.
Due to the success of the Linton Road Bridge project, Simon Nadin, one of the Partners and Directors
of The Pontoon and Dock Company was asked to attend an awards ceremony with Bam Nuttal. Bam
Nuttal and Mott MacDonald have both been recognised by Leeds City Council as Partner of the Year.
The award was given for works at Leeds Flood Alleviation and Linton Bridge. Since the installation at Linton Bridge, Neil Peters has already forwarded our details to other
departments in other counties in the UK and already we have received additional projects to quote. This success is down to all staff at Pontoon and Dock. Together we can make it work!
& Dock Company are happy to announce the new appointment of James Burnell
as Marine Sales Consultant. A graduate in Maritime Leisure Management and with
extensive management experience in the maritime sector, James is highly
qualified for this role.
As a Marine
Sales Consultant, he will be responsible for the sales of a wide range marine
equipment including Roodberg trailers and cranes. James joins Pontoon &
Dock from his previous role of Marina Manager at Watchet Marina, Somerset,
where he undertook the operational management of both the marina and boat
volunteers his time and skills regularly towards promoting water sports and
activities. He sits as a member on the Royal Yachting Association South West
Committee and is also a member of the Watchet Harbour Advisory Committee. Also
a keen participant in water sports himself, James is not short of energy or
The Pontoon & Dock Company are excited to announce they have been appointed as the sole UK distributor of Multi-Mover Products. Multi-Mover are producers of electric tow tugs designed to move heavy items such as industrial equipment, boats, trailers and even helicopters with ease. The Multi-Mover electric tow tug enables you to move your trailer or cart easily, safely and precisely over a flat or even a slightly sloping surface. Instead of exhausting and time consuming physical effort you can move trailers independently, rapidly and now more easily. Due to special tyres and a strong drive, the Multi-Mover can be deployed on hard and soft surfaces. There are 6 different versions: small, medium, large, x large, xx large and 3x large. The Multi-Mover is compact and versatile, silent and emission free, suitable for both indoor and outdoor use and there are many tyre and coupling possibilities.
Over the Christmas period two of our Pontoon and Dock team members- Managing Director Dan Bryant and Pontoon Installation Engineer Dan Heaword took time out of their Christmas holidays to work with the Watersafe UK Search & Rescue Team helping those effected by the flooding.
The Pontoon and Dock Company deployed their Mass Evacuation Platform (made up of EZ Dock pontoon, handrails and outboard) was designed to help evacuateflooding victims and prooved to be a great asset in helping family's cut off by the flooding in York and Lancashire. Please remember all work is voluntary and couldn't happen without your support. Visit www.wuksart.org for more information or to donate.
The Pontoon and Dock Company Ltd are proud to be sponsoring our local team Shrewsbury Town Football Club as official match ball sponsors. We now have three advertising boards around the pitch at New Meadow. Below are some great photos of our advertising boards taken by Malcolm Couzens Photography.
Boat Lifts is proud to announce that it has won the Maritime Australia Limited
- Civil Industry National Innovation Award 2015 yesterday afternoon (October 6th,
2015) at the Sydney Exhibition Centre - Glebe.
are extremely honoured to be recognised for the work we are doing bringing
Australian innovation to the commercial and maritime space."
award recognises the achievements of SMEs in commercialising innovation in the
maritime industry and is widely recognised by commercial and maritime operators
as well as the defence industry.
AirBerth® manufactures a range of Boat Lifting Systems made entirely
from High Density Polyethylene, a material impervious to the damaging effects of marine growth or electrolysis. Raising the boat out of the water
on an AirBerth® then prolongs the life of the boat by eliminating the need to
anti-foul the boat and also protects the metal parts such as propellers and
rudders from electrolysis damage.
AirBerth has many customers around the world including:
·Border Force (Ex Australian Customs);
·Queensland National Parks Sport and Recreation
·Marine Rescue NSW;
·Roads and Maritime NSW;
·Department of Primary Industries - NSW
·US Coast Guard;
·Malaysia BOMBA (Fire Department);
·Singapore Water Police;
·Air Services Australia;
·Singapore Aviation Authority;
·Petro-Can (Oil Spill Response Vessel);
·Hampshire Water Police;
·Road Transport Authority – UAE
·Australian Volunteer Coast Guard;
·Los Suenos Fire Rescue – Costa Rica.
Managing Director Alex Chan made the following comments:
“Winning an award like this recognises the effort of many, in
particular, I have to thank our team at AirBerth particularly Justin Lye our
Marketing Manager; Jürgen König our Operations Manager and Tim Chan our Finance
Manager, for their hard work and persistence.”
“We must also acknowledge the great service and loyalty of our
international distributor network, which extends over 30 countries across the
globe, many of whom have been partnering with us for over 15 years.”
Finally our association with AIMEX (Australian International Marine
Exporter) and the newly formed ACMG (Australian Commercial Marine Group) has
been a key part of our export success overseas.”
He also added:
“However, we would not be where we are without the support of the most
important people in our business, our customers. Their continued belief in our
product and our service is the real testament to where we are today and also
where we are heading.”
Winning the 2015 Maritime Australia Limited – Civil Industry National
Innovation Award, caps off a terrific year for AirBerth. Earlier this
year in May the team were awarded an Export Recognition award at the 2015 Club
Marine Australian Marine Export Awards, recognising their export achievements
on the global stage.
AirBerth, one of The Pontoon and Dock Company's leading suppliers of boat lift systems, has been nominated for the 2015 Maritime Australia Limited National Innovation Awards.
"Gold Coast based AirBerth Boat Lifts
have been announced as a finalist for the upcoming 2015 Maritime Australia
Limited National Innovation Awards. These prestigious awards are held during
the Pacific 2015 International Maritime Exposition in Sydney. Maritime
Australia Limited promotes innovation in maritime and naval defence technology
and export development by Australian industry. The Pacific 2015 event brings together
all the latest innovations across the maritime industry for leading commercial
and Government organisations from through Asia Pacific to see first-hand. AirBerth Boat Lifts have developed a range of floating
boat lifts which enable boat owners to have the convenience and ultimate
protection of dry storing their vessel out of the water. Constructed entirely
using HDPE (High Density Polyethylene), this robust material is ideal in the
marine environment as it is non-corrosive and has the highest UV stability. Australian owned and operated AirBerth
Boat Lifts are currently exporting their innovative and market leading range of
floating boat lifts across 30 countries around the world. Leading Government
and Commercial organisation trust AirBerth to protect their operational vessels
including; Australian Customs, Marine Rescue NSW, Australian Coast Guard, US
Navy, Road and Maritime NSW, US Coast Guard and Singapore Police to name just a
The 2015 Maritime Australia Limited
National Innovation award winners will be announced during a special
presentation by Chairman of Maritime Australia Limited, VADM Chris Ritchie, AO, during
Pacific 2015 on Tuesday 6th October."
This recent installation of EZ Dock at Wood Wharf in London provides a 41m
long pedestrian access for Canary Wharf Contractors employees to allow them to
access their construction site safely.
EZ Dock’s floating modular dock sections create an agile-yet-tough system than can be installed quickly and moved easily with little expense in time and effort.
The platforms can support up to 62 lbs. per square foot of load, and assembly and disassembly for transport or storage is quick and easy. During on-water construction our platforms provide easy access to the job site, moving equipment and steadying parts. With EZ Dock, you can custom-tailor a Floating Work/Loading Platform to meet the specific requirements of your project.