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What is Marine Civil Construction?

Civil engineering is the design, building, and upkeep of public areas. These services include roads, bridges, canals, airports and other seen and unseen physical structures that help keep society running.

Civil Engineering

The term ‘civil’ refers broadly to public works, but was originally intended to distinguish civil from military engineering. Marine construction projects, for example, fall under civil engineering if they are neither military nor commercial. It encompasses mechanical and electrical engineering as well as computer and environmental science.

Maritime Civil Engineering

Maritime or marine civil engineering is public works connected or close to the sea. For maritime civil engineering works, specialist marine plant and equipment are needed. As are highly experienced marine project managers. These make possible new moorings or bank stabilising measures which is often a much needed service.

Marine contractors use equipment known as plant to carry out marine civil construction, maintenance, and engineering projects. Marine plant hire is available through The Rothen Group.

What is Involved In Maritime Civil Engineering?

The Rothen Group (TRG) carries out several maritime civil engineering works every year and provides equipment for many more. TRG works with marinas and boat clubs, installing or refurbishing jetties, and dredging areas of water for cleanliness, access, and safety. With a proactive approach based on years of experience, TRG uses specialist plant to enact the most cost effective marine works solutions. Floating dredgers, modular pontoons, and long reach excavators are all important parts of the TRG fleet.

Sheet piling is commonly required, and marine piling contractors are a vital part of the team. TRG has safety boats, work boats, long reach excavators, and other maritime engineering and piling equipment.

Heritage is an important consideration in maritime civil engineering. Some banks and canals have important historic relevance, and erosion can threaten their integrity. To repair and protect damaged banks, TRG uses sandbags to bolster the existing walls and banks. These sandbags can then be covered to keep the aesthetic of the banks and walls while being a cost effective solution.

Another type of bank and wall maintenance that requires maritime civil engineering is nicospan bank protection. Rather than sandbags, this protection makes use of rolls of coir, the hair-like fibres from coconut shells. This is more suited to smaller, less used banks, and therefore do not need the more robust sandbags. Using coir is preferred when the site is more ecologically sensitive.

With any marine engineering, The Rothen Group should be the first stop for information, equipment, and expertise.

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