The Ecocoast story begins in 2007 when the founders Lachlan Jackson and Dana Liparts moved from Australia to the United Arab Emirates.
There was a huge amount of marine & coastal development taking place across the region. Low impact, sustainable marine and coastal protection structures were unknown, and contractors were not using anything to protect the marine environment during construction, reclamation or dredging activities. In addition, there was a lack of technical know-how and skills locally in this area. International marine manufacturers could not offer the quality, customizations or designs that would be effective in the Gulf environment. There was clearly a need for solutions that support and protect the marine environment.
As a result, Ecocoast was founded in 2009 to offer alternative, sustainable solutions for marine and coastal development.
Since that time, Lachlan and Dana have been a pioneering force behind the introduction of alternative marine and coastal protection solutions. The first sand-filled geosynthetic container installation was carried out on Sir Bani Yas Island (UAE) by Ecocoast. The company also introduced for the first time in the MENA region an environmentally-friendly technology for marine pile protection, which increases 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. This led Ecocoast to start designing and 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 with a focus on heavy-duty, engineered barriers. Ecocoast was responsible for introducing the strongest silt curtain to the global market in 2015, and the first to design and manufacture a successful screen for The Ocean Cleanup's System 001.
Today, growth continues as the business expands into new geographies, new product and service areas, and even new industry sectors. Ecocoast is well on its way to being the global leader in pioneering solutions for sustainable coastal and marine development.
At Ecocoast, we live and breathe marine.