Buoys, floats and fenders
Buoys, floats and fenders of all types and applications are required for many different activities at sea.
Flotation equipment is of course essentially to nautical and marine activities, which is why floats are so widely used by fishermen. Ring buoys, net buoys and bar buoys are used, as well as fenders to protect against impact and crushing.
From a 4-litre trawler float to a rather impressive defender, we supply everything that floats… or just about! If you fish, or manage a harbour or a towing company, we have the best quality-price ratio on the market and can deliver across any of the oceans!
Just some examples of the products we distribute
The Delta is a dock fender that can also be used as a hull fender. The Delta fender is also used on land to protect walls, for example. The Delta dock fender is a black triangular-shaped rubber part that fixes to the length of a dock or hull to protect against impact or crushing.
Round buoy (net buoy)
The net buoy is spherical in shape and often used for longliners, but not just for fishing vessels. The net buoy is actually a float ranging from 2 kilos of buoyancy to over 600 kilos and measuring more than a metre in diameter. This net buoy is very widely used as an offshore floating marker. The net buoy has a reinforced ring at the top for mooring with rope or chain.
Yokohama deck fender
Perhaps called so because this type of fender was first installed in the Japanese port of Yokohama. A Yokohama fender is a voluminous cylindrical black fender with end hooks that usually attach to the length of the dock. The Yokohama fender is also found on barges and along ship hulls when torque handling other vessels. Yokohama fenders protect against impact and crushing.
The inflatable fender is a cylindrical buoy with reinforced rings on either end for mooring with small ropes. The fenders are placed along the ship's hull or rail to protect against impact or crushing during manoeuvre, for example.
Unlike the inflatable fender, this one is already inflated. The two fenders have exactly the same uses. The term 'fender' is more commonly used for boating and sailing instead of 'net buoy', which is more commonly used in professional settings.
To hold up a flag at sea, a bar buoy is required. The bar buoy can also be a fixed mooring buoy when returning to shore, a marker buoy to signal a basket trap or net, or to signal the presence of a diver.
EVA is not a name but an initialism standing for Ethylene Vinyl Acetate, the copolymer chemical substance used to make supple synthetic materials that can recover their shape after impact. This particular feature of EVA was bound to capture the attention of float manufacturers, especially in the fishing industry! An EVA float can withstand the harshest conditions aboard a ship as well as impact, and can recover its shape, improving the durability and effectiveness of nets. EVA floats are very widely used in the tuna fishing industry and along the upper cord of the tuna seine.
While the EVA float for tuna boats is used on the surface to stop nets from sinking, the trawling float is used on the sea bed to open the trawl net up towards the surface. The trawling float is sometimes called trawling buoy because of its shape and is a cylindrical ball with a central and off-central hole, sometimes with two handles on the top for ensuring and maintaining maximum aperture of the net. These floats are categorised according to how deep under the water they can go and how much pressure they can withstand. PVC deep-sea floats can reach depths of up to 1300 metres and titanium floats up to 3000 metres.
Many types of float are available including very small floats, and round, rectangular or oval floats, usually made from PVC foam or EVA. Some foam floats are referred to as lenticular because of their shape. These expanded PVC or EVA foam floats are normally used for seine or sardine fishing, for example.
To delineate a channel or signal the presence of a basket trap or net, beacon buoys are used. The beacon buoy is cubic or cylindrical in shape and is pierced and usually equipped with a flag to mark its presence in rough seas.
This is probably the most widely recognised buoy. The ring buoy is the one we see around swimming pools, pontoons of boating ports and fishing docks. The ring buoy is equipped with a length of rope that is used to throw to anyone who has fallen into the water.