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Kebony Decks out Yarmouth Marina

News Published Date : Friday, 3 June, 2011 – 15:20

Kebony, the Cleantech 100 company behind the award-winning sustainable substitute for tropical hardwood and preservative treated timber, is delighted that the exciting new £1.3 million Yarmouth Harbour project has been completed – representing both a pioneering sustainable marine development and the first UK harbour installation to use Kebony’s innovative decking material.

Sustainable wood material at forefront of marine development

Working alongside Yarmouth Harbour Commissioners and Walcon Marine, leaders in the design, construction and installation of yacht harbours, Kebony is thrilled that the project is the first marine development in the UK to use its product. Yarmouth harbour demonstrates a forward thinking approach to environmental responsibility, a stunning venture which is set to draw visitors from far and wide as summer approaches.

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Tasked with redeveloping one of the UK’s most popular harbours, Walcon Marine chose Kebony decking for the 200 metres of new pontoons, new bridge head and access bridge. Kebony was selected for its high quality, excellent durability and very high density making it resistant to wear, low maintenance and cost-effective. Rigorously tested in harsh Norwegian climates for its stability, Kebony has been heralded as the first viable alternative to tropical hardwood and preservative treated timber, demonstrating comparable, and often superior, properties.

Through an environmentally-friendly process of ‘Kebonization’ the wood is impregnated with a patented mixture based on furfuryl alcohol, a liquid produced from agricultural crop waste, which then reacts with the wood fibres and permanently strengthens the wood. Over time, Kebony will evolve with its surrounding natural landscape, acquiring a beautiful silver grey patina that will compliment the picturesque Isle of Wight scenery.

Jan Terje Nielsen, Director of Marketing for Kebony comments :

We are delighted to be involved in this innovative new project. Yarmouth Harbour is the first in the UK to use Kebony and is a superb showcase of how marine developments can be both commercially-viable and sustainable. They have shown a genuine concern for both the quality of the build and the environment – Yarmouth is a beautiful town and we are thrilled that they are using Kebony for this ground-breaking project.

Jan Terje Nielsen

Chris Lisher, Harbour Master at Yarmouth Harbour, Isle of Wight comments :

Here in Yarmouth we have a bustling and thriving business community much of it based on activity in and around the harbour.  We are delighted to have installed Kebony decking that is not only highly durable for the thousands of boaters passing through but looks great and is fully sustainable.

Chris Lisher, Harbour Master

James Walters, Managing Director at Walcon Marine comments :

We’re very pleased to have had this opportunity to work with Kebony for the first time. We have fitted a variety of sustainable decking materials in recent years and Kebony is certainly one of the best we have encountered, both in its structural properties and its aesthetics.  We look forward to using it again in the future.

James Walters

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