Surge and sway fenders are used in float-over operations in the installation of offshore topsides. Surge and sway fenders absorb the impact of the barge on the offshore structure and help in preventing damage to either of the important structures. They are also used to limit the movement between the barge and the offshore jacket. Specially formulated rubber compounds are used for specific projects.
Hitech has pioneered composite sway fenders for the first time in the world which will allow for no need for a steel panel, UHMWPE sliding surface for lower co efficient of friction, and better energy absorption capacity. Hitech special sway fenders can be manufactured up to 7 meters in length in a single shot which can allow for lower overall cost, ergonomic design, and increased safety of performance.