Pile Fenders are a common alternative to Parallel Motion Fenders and could be designed with different rubber fender units, but typically with Cone Fenders, Cell Fenders, Element Fenders or V Fenders. The pile foot rotates around a level well below water whereby the lower tip of the fender is fixed either into a shoe on the seabed or by welding a support bracket to the substructure. Pile Fenders can ensure a single point contact between the vessel and fender system at any water level. The energy absorbing rubber unit is typically positioned close to main sea level and provides the energy at all levels. The panel itself is typically inclined to follow the vessel belting and level deviations between unladen and fully laden conditions at all water levels.
Pile Fenders are widely used in Northern Europe.
Pile Fender systems have to be uniquely designed for each project in order to cover all the individual vessel and berthing requirements as well as the site conditions. ShibataFenderTeam would be pleased to receive your design input allowing us to engineer the correct type, size and overall layout of the Pile Fender system.
Pile Fender Characteristics
Single ship/panel contact design
Possible savings in substructures with existing quay walls
Can cope with high impact levels and low deck levels
Pile Fender Applications
Container & Bulk Terminals
Oil & Gas Terminals
Ferry & RoRo Terminals
Terminals with sheet pile walls or pile structures with concrete capping beams