MEL Composites worked with composite specialists Carbures on an innovative solution to expand operations of a cruise ship dock facility. A durable, low maintenance fiberglass construction was selected for the massive 13.5m high, 12m diameter, Duque de Alba mooring structures. MEL supplied PET foam, epoxy resins and glass fibres for the build as well as advising on infusion strategy.

The composite solution significantly reduced the time and complexity of the construction and installation phases of the project. Among the advantages offered by the use of composite materials are the reduced weight of the structure that facilitates easier positioning and installation, as well as its resistance to the particularly corrosive environmental conditions. In addition, the production process and the use of these materials are less harmful to the environment and allow a significant reduction in CO2 emissions versus a traditional concrete based solution.