ECOCOAST CONTINUES OPERATION TO REPLACE FAILING BUOYS WITH EFB-650S
Operation to replace failing buoys with EFB-650s has been underway since 2017
As Dubai’s winter season kicks into gear, more and more people are heading outdoors to take advantage of the better weather and cooler conditions. This means that more people will be heading to the beach, where despite the lower temperatures, the waters remain enticing, especially for foreign visitors coming in from countries that are entering the Northern Hemisphere winter.
While the numbers may be lower than normal due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the opening up of Dubai’s borders – particularly with the recent announcement about the opening of the UAE-UK air corridor – will mean that there will be a significant spike in new arrivals.
Although this is certainly advantageous to the country’s economy, this means that adequate precautions need to be put in place to ensure the safety of visitors and residents alike, who are taking advantage of some of the best beaches in the region – both the private and public varieties.
According to Dubai Coastal Zone Monitoring Program, there are eight public beaches that have received the Blue Flag certification, which reflect a clean, safe, and well-maintained environment for all to enjoy. All swimming areas at these public beaches have been demarcated by floating buoys and swimming barriers to clearly signify where there are safe swimming and water sport zones.
However, many of these existing buoys are worn and failing, and as a result, Ecocoast has been brought on board to replace them with new floating buoys that meet international standards of safety, so as to ensure the safety of recreational users.
We have deployed our Ecobarrier Floating Buoys EFB-650 to replace the faulty buoys – an operation that has been underway since 2017, resulting in more than 230 buoys being put in place.
Manufactured from strong, durable, UV-stabilised virgin polyethylene, the buoys are filled with closed-cell polyurethane foam for additional strength and durability. The EFB-650 has a total weight of 20 kilograms and has a maximum mooring weight of 82 kilograms. The units are rotationally moulded with a wall thickness of 7mm, and can also be customised in yellow, red, and green, as per IALA recommendations E-108.
In terms of add-on options, the buoy can come with on-mould or mould-in graphics to display warning signs or messages, while Hyperion marine lanterns can be added to improve visibility during day- or night-time. Ecomoor anchoring can also be deployed on these units.
Furthermore, the EFB-650 can be paired with our standard recreational barriers that are manufactured using durable, UV-stabilised lemon floats, which are rubber-like in softness and flexibility, making them ideal for open beaches to protect swimmers. The barriers are made up of small yellow floats connected by a high tension rope. A temporary jellyfish net can also be attached to the barriers.
The upshot of this deployment is that Dubai has been able to efficiently mark its coastline with our EFB-650 marine buoys, which has helped create the safe swimming spaces that Dubai’s visitors and residents deserve, while also protecting recreational resources and address identified public safety needs.
Get in touch to know more about our Ecobarrier Floating Buoys EFB-650! Alternatively, download the technical datasheet here.
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