Ecocoast - Our Foundation

Our Foundation

The foundation of the Ecocoast brand can be traced back to the company founders Lachlan Jackson and Dana Liparts, who identified a gap in the market for pioneering solutions for sustainable coastal and marine development.

They founded Ecocoast Contracting in 2009 to offer specialist marine and coastal protection services to protect and support the world’s coastlines. Since that time, they have been a pioneering force behind the introduction of alternative marine and coastal protection solutions in the GCC. The first sand-filled geosynthetic container installation was carried out on Sir Bani Yas Island by Ecocoast, and the company introduced for the first time in the region an environmentally-friendly technology for marine pile protection, which lengthens the lifespan of marine piles.

The contracting business was resorting to procuring marine barriers for its construction projects from overseas. Not only did this result in long delivery times and increased cost, but the barriers also did not stand-up to the quality or performance standards required. Customisation was not an option either. This led Ecocoast to start manufacturing marine barriers for use on its own projects. Contractors are not known for their delicate nature, so the barriers needed to be robust, easy to handle and install, and perform as required to ensure no downtime onsite.  

Following years of in-house testing, and a growing demand for high strength marine barriers globally, the Ecobarrier brand was officially born. Initially focused on contractor barriers, such as silt curtains and debris barriers, the range later diversified to include marine and coastal protection barriers. 

A decade later, Ecocoast manufactures the largest range of marine protection and demarcation products in the world across a range of sectors. Ecocoast was responsible for introducing the strongest silt curtain to the global market in 2014 and the first to design and manufacture a successful screen for The Ocean Cleanup's marine barrier system. Today, growth continues, as the business expands into new geographies, new product and service areas and even new industry sectors.

Most recently in 2018, Lachlan and Dana added Ecolabs to the Ecocoast portfolio. Ecolabs is the Middle East’s first marine innovation hub, taking a collaborative approach to solving the world’s most pressing marine problems. Through Ecolabs, they support entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs to help them bring their pioneering marine solutions to market.

Welcome to Ecocoast!

At Ecocoast, we live and breathe marine.