Dutch Pilot Organization
The Dutch Pilot Organization operates with 17 double jet driven high speed tenders along the Dutch coast.
The oldest Discovery class tenders with GRT 40 tonnes have the Camarc designed ø280 mm HDPE pipe as a fender. The HDPE pipe is fitted with foam blocks in the aluminium fender casing. Each year we have an average repair cost of € 8.000 on each tender.
The new type tenders, also designed by Camarc with GRT 60 tonnes had the same fender system. The average repair costs were much higher and the down time due to the repairs longer because the vessels are heavier than the older Discovery class tenders.
The modification to the Poly Marine Fender Systems D450MHD-S system and fine tuning resulted in almost no repair costs and down time. The two tenders under construction also get the fully developed Poly Marine Fender Systems. This to everyone's satisfaction.
Mark Snijders, Nederlands Loodswezen (Dutch Pilot Organization)
The Dutch Pilots have a D450MHD-S fender system and they could have expanded their operational at extremer weather condition. On the same time they reduced hull damages and other repair costs.