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Understanding the Basics of Marine Piling: What You Need to Know


With the rise in extreme weather patterns due to global warming, safeguarding canal and river banks from the effects of this is essential.


Marine piling contractors play a crucial role in preserving the stability of the banks against sudden floods and other environmental factors. In this section, we will discuss the concept of marine piling and how water influences the materials involved, along with who to reach out to if you require piling services.

What exactly is marine piling?

Marine piling, also referred to as aqua piling, involves driving piles into water to support construction projects. It is commonly used to maintain a barrier between the bank and the water or to provide structural support to marine facilities like boat docks.

Marine sheet piling in water - which involves interlocking steel sheet piles to create a wall that prevents river and canal banks from eroding into the water, is particularly popular. This material and process offers a durable, long-term solution.

Metal dock pilings or concrete dock pilings are also utilised to reinforce the construction of a robust dock.

For floating docks, floating dock pilings are available to secure these structures to the bed, providing solutions for various needs.


What materials are typically used in marine piling?

Since marine piles are submerged underwater, they are exposed to various substances and chemicals that can cause gradual damage. Therefore, it is crucial to use the right materials to ensure the structure's durability. Steel sheets are a popular choice due to their high load capacity and excellent corrosion resistance. However, it is essential to use marine-grade pilings, as the steel is galvanised to enhance its resistance to corrosion. Failure to use properly graded materials may result in deterioration or breakdown in water.


When considering marine piling, it's important to take into account the specific water conditions and location where the piles will be placed. By consulting with experts in marine civil engineering - such as P&D Environmental, our team can determine the most suitable material for your project. This may include exploring options like composite marine pilings, which are designed to be durable and long-lasting.


Each project presents individual challenges, which is why we quote to meet your exacting requirements. We can work closely with you to determine the best materials, method of works, and timescales to create a turn-key solution for your marine project.


To find out more about our services, please contact us today:

+44 (0)1283 762446



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