Seawalk is one of those simple, yet innovative inventions that leave you wondering why nobody has thought of the idea before.
It could be argued that it does owe partial parentage to that much revered British landmark, the Victorian Seaside Pier. However this off spring of the parent has a purpose that goes far beyond promenading down the Pier on a sunny summer’s day.
SeaWalk off ers a floating pier solution that can quickly let destinations provide a connection between ship and shore. This can be done for a fraction of the cost, significantly quicker than a conventional fixed pier and with virtually no environmental impact.
The inventor of SeaWalk is Asbjorn Nes, a goat cheese farmer who just happens to have an impressive pedigree in harbour development. The technology involves the application of a floating pier that can be folded and parked. A vessel manoeuvres between mooring bollards, a mooring buoy and the shore, before the flexible pier is moved to either the port or starboard side of the ship, ready to provide passengers with a comfortable platform for a seamless connection between ship and shore.
It is claimed that 4,000 to 6,000 passengers per hour can disembark or embark the vessel on the 4.5m walkway. The very first SeaWalk was installed in Skjolden, Norway and was first used by the Cunarder, Queen Victoria on a sunny day in August 2012.
More on this and other news in Sea Breezes Magazine - June 2013 Issue
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