InterTrade Awarded Navy Contract For Fenders

—Literature Offered InterTrade Industries, Ltd. of Huntington Beach, Calif., and Washington, D.C. area, one of the world's largest suppliers of marine fenders, has been selected by the U.S. Navy to protect their ships and piers at the U.S. Naval Base in Norfolk, Va. The award, under contract No. N00189-85-C-0556, is for 100 six-foot-diameter by 12-foot-long Hi-Tec foam-filled marine fenders.

The InterTrade Industries' Hi- Tec foam-filled fender has an internal core of resilient closed-cell foam that is manufactured using the latest technology available, to provide the highest energy absorption upon impact of the berthing ship.

Because of this feature, the manufacturer claims that the Hi-Tec marine fender is unsinkable even if severely damaged.

The outer skin of the fender is made from a specially formulated elastomer (Alphathane™) that is 15 times more abrasion resistant than steel. According to the manufacturer, Alphathane offers a combination of toughness and durability beyond the range of most rubbers and plastics today. The outer skin can be provided with or without nylon filament tire cord to assist the tough Alphathane in achieving even higher tensile strength and minimizing stresses.

The Hi-Tec marine fender uses an external chain and tire net that carries the attachments of the fender to the pier. This outer net reduces the stresses on the fender skin because it can take all of the tensile loads, thereby reducing loads on the fender.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 55,  Jan 1986

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