What is Marine Piling?

What is Marine Piling?

The purpose of marine piling is to protect or retain a riverbank or other bodies of water. It is the process of installing deep foundations into the ground to retain or support what is above the water.  A modern technique of marine piling is marine sheet piling. This consists of using specialist marine equipment to drive interlocking steel sheet piles into the ground of the waterways to protect their banks.

Marine sheet piling involves sheet piles being driven into the strata below in order to protect river and canal banks. The interlocking steel sheet piles create a barrier against erosion and retain any material behind them, therefore protecting them from collapsing into the water. Other types of similar piling can consist of augered piles to support structures above water level, or the installation of timber groynes along coastal shorelines to prevent erosion.

Marine sheet piling works as a vital role in the maintenance of UK waterways due to the ever-increasing importance of flood defence. If you have ever travelled along a UK waterway, you inevitably will have sited a marine steel sheet piling installation. These are typically used to support structures such as landing stages, wet docks, bridge abutments, erosion prevention, and such like.

How can Cooks Marine Services help?

Cooks Marine Services are leading providers in marine civil engineering on inland waterways, specialising in riverbank maintenance and restoration, the installation of wet docks and landing stages, as well as bespoke riverside projects.

Whatever your requirements, we are equipped to assist you with delivering your marine project. Following your enquiry, Cooks Marine Services will undertake a comprehensive site visit in which the project brief will be discussed with the client and a survey undertaken. Further to this, we will provide you with a no-obligation quotation for your project. Additionally, our clients often engage us to manage any required Environment Agency permits, click here for our article on EA FRAP permits. If the project is instructed to proceed, Cooks will manage the FRAP process on behalf of the client. This includes preparing 3D designs, carried out by our in-house designers, compiling risk assessments and method statements and filling out the relevant forms in order to make the application for the permit on behalf of the client.Please fill out the Contact Us form on the website in order for us to arrange a non-obligatory site visit. We look forward to hearing about your project requirements.

If you would like further information or a chance to talk to someone, please get in touch.

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