METS – Marine Equipment Trade Show Amsterdam 2013

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CEO John Hogan talks about the upcoming 2013 METS trade show in Amsterdam. METS is the, go to place for networking and marine products worldwide. It is the largest marine trade show in the world and Superior will be exhibiting in the Australian pavilion in conjunction with AIMEX.

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Patterson Lakes enters the second phase

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A highlight last week was my visit to Patterson Lakes a short drive down the Mornington Penninsula from Melbourne. This wide expanse of canals is under the management of Melbourne Water and they have Fulton Hogan as the Project Managers to deliver the largest infrastructure upgrade in the past 20 years. Each structure in the canals has been audited in a complete survey by GHD and the old wooden structures are being removed to receive a replacement jetty. This new design still has a wooden piles support, however the deck is supported with long lasting aluminium and a timber deck. Each home owner is consulted and offered the option to upgrade to a floating pontoon if desired.

Superior has a 25 year tradition of servicing residential clients so it has been a good partnership with a permanent crew on site along with one of our barges, Lobster, permanently located in Victoria for piling and demolition work. The Lobster craft is ideal along with pusher workboat Shrimp to access the tight lock gates and service the whole project from outside the residential estate.

Scott Edwards and the team at VCMC are our partners in this project and this team produces Superior products now in Victoria close to the site for quick and efficient response to client needs. On a water tour this week I was struck by the amount of floating equipment on the canals with more than 50% of customers choosing floating pontoons in preference to fixed structures. One tinny hanging by its mooring ropes was proof enough that fixed moorings are not a great idea anymore when floating is so easy to install and operate these days. Added to this were many boatlifts, skidocks, cruisers and kayaks showing living by the waters edge has similar appeal wherever you live.

Superior is now delivering the Sunstream boatlift solution to Victoria so we now have stock on site and ready to go to store your boat through the winter. Now is the best time to buy while transport is subsidised with the other works on site.

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Critical facts when purchasing pontoons

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This week I am taking on a guest blog role in the absence of our CEO John Hogan who is away on business. Being my first blog as the domestic sales representative I want to cover the common questions customers ask when it comes to buying a pontoon.

Throughout my years of working at Superior I find it interesting that most people think of a pontoon as a floating structure out the back for mooring your boat. In fact there are many key questions I ask when people inquire about a new pontoon. The most important thing is – how big is your current boat? Is there a possibility you will upgrade to bigger boat in the future? Do you want to store your boat out of the water on a dry berth pontoon or perhaps on a boat lift? These important questions play a big role and should reflect your new pontoon size.
Most councils have rules and regulations as to the maximum pontoon size allowed, which in affect, stipulates the maximum boat size that may be moored to the pontoon. A quick way to get an approximate maximum pontoon size is to take the overall water frontage of your block, for example 20m and times this amount by 65% and the measurement you are left with is the approximate maximum pontoon size allowed, in this case 13m. this is based on a block with straight boundaries and measured at the quay line for your area. For those who don’t know what I quay line is, this is the measurement from the edge of the revetment wall to the furtherest point of the pontoon, this is stipulated by local authorities for your area and commonly on the Gold Coast it is 10m or 12m.
Many people look to buy a pontoon for their boat now and don’t consider the future. It’s part of my job to not only future proof you, but maximise the potential of your property value should you ever sell. We get many calls per week from estate agents and potential buyers asking if they can fit a certain vessel on the current pontoon legally. in some cases I have even heard of this being a deal breaker where they cannot store a boat legally, so my point is buy for the future and not for right now. I will provide further advice on dry berthing options in an upcoming blog or feel free to call me at Superior on (07) 55 94 8200
Best regards
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SuperiorWORK brand adds a Steel Division

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Over recent years the Superior group has added a commercial division to service the flotation needs of general industry and the resource sector in particular. The SuperiorWORK brand was born and a range of tough, rugged innovative products has followed. In addition to the range of pump pontoons, pipe floats, floating walkways and industrial gangways, the company now has added a general steel fabrication business.

This need has arisen over time as customers have used the aluminium fabrication service but increasingly asked for a heavier duty product in quality steel design and fabrication. With recent contracts for the Port of Gladstone requiring heavy steel pontoons, the company has opened a specialist steel service at their site at 7 Jade Drive in Molindinar. The work is highly specialised with a design team experienced in structural steel design, and a team of boilermakers with quality assured welding expertise. The team has produced great results with a quality assured (QA) system.

The need for QA is now a basic requirement for mining and industrial customers. This means that the procedures that we have worked on for years must now be documented and audited by a third party, in our case SAI Global. This increased level of assurance is a positive outcome for all parties as our people have proven performance and our customers have trust in the brand.

As in all of our manufacturing operations the Superior branded products are produced however we also contract fabricate for others. We welcome your enquiries to supply your structural steel fabrication needs in the near future.

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