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Nukote wins coating deal for Al Maktoum Floating Bridge

Contract will be implemente­d in less than three months

- Staff Report

Nukote Coating Systems Middle East, the UAE entity of Nukote Coating Systems Internatio­nal, has won the coating contract for the Dh115 million Al Maktoum Floating Bridge, a statement said.

His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, had sanctioned The Floating Bridge project on the Dubai Creek as a part of the government’s efforts to address the city’s traffic problems.

When completed, the bridge will link Al Ittihad Road near Deira City Centre to the Al Riyadh Road in Bur Dubai next to the Creek Park.

The new project is part of an integrated system aimed at reducing traffic congestion by 37 per cent on Maktoum Bridge which now sees more than 150,000 vehicles pass over it every day.

A total of 25,000 square metres of Nukote CG coating and Polyprime primer will be used to coat the 104 pantoons which will form the flotation base of the structure. Pantoons are 20 metre-wide hollow concrete blocks cast around polystyren­e centres. This enables them to float, supporting tremendous weight and pressure from the traffic above. These kinds of bridges are widely used by the military as they can be built quickly.

Panacea

“Given the growing traffic pressure throughout Dubai and especially on Al Maktoum Bridge which endures some 8,000 vehicles driving over it every hour, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) introduced the Floating Bridge project to temporaril­y alleviate the pressure,” said Michael Osborne, Presi- dent and CEO of Nukote Coating Systems Internatio­nal. “Our target is to complete coating the 96 pantoons in less than three months. This means that we will average two to three pantoons, or a surface area of 680 square metres per day. The contractor will be able to submerge and place the pontoons across the waters in only 20 minutes after applicatio­n.”

The coating process will be conducted in three phases. Surface preparatio­n work on the pontoons entails sweep blasting of the surface, followed by repairing and filling voids with adhesive fillers, followed by the applicatio­n of a special fast-curing Nukote primer. The final step is the applicatio­n of Nukote CG modified polyurea coating.

Clement Systems Middle East has been awarded the contract to implement the Floating Bridge project.

 ?? Press Release ?? A total of 25,000 square metres of Nukote coating and primer will be used to coat the 104 pantoons which will form the flotation base of the Al Maktoum Floating Bridge.
Press Release A total of 25,000 square metres of Nukote coating and primer will be used to coat the 104 pantoons which will form the flotation base of the Al Maktoum Floating Bridge.

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