Sea Float Buoys Approved By Norwegian Maritime Directorate

To obtain approval of the Norwegian Maritime Directorate for use of its buoys in the North Sea, Seaward International, Inc. recently held collision trials of one of its Sea Float buoys in Stavanger, Norway.

The buoy tested was an anchor pendant buoy of 20,000 pounds or 9 tons net buoyancy—hawse pipe style with top and bottom bellmouths.

The lower hawse pipe was counter-weighted to provide upright stability even without a pendant wire. The basic buoy construction has a high density rigid foam core bonded to an internal steel core. A layer of resilient foam is then added and covered with a one inch-filament reinforced elastomer skin.

The Norwegian Maritime Directorate required collision trials of the Sea Float buoy with a wooden fishing boat at a speed of 8 to 10 knots to insure the safety of vessels that might collide with a loose or drifting buoy.

There was no damage to the buoy or vessel during any of the collision trials and the personnel aboard the vessel reported that the impacts were barely noticeable.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 45,  Dec 1984

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