Modular pontoons from specialist access provider Temporary Access Solutions (TPA) have helped Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) increase its marina size.

TPA was requested as the pontoon supplier by Clarion Events, organisers of the bi-annual DSEI exhibition at London’s ExCel, to supply the marina for the show which took place from 10-13 September 2019.

The show connects governments, national armed forces, industry leaders and the global defence and security supply chain. The marina is a key element of the Naval Zone, an interactive showcase of the latest vessels and maritime technology, which is supported by the Royal Navy and First Sea Lord.

The showcase exhibits maritime capabilities and international warships, including the opportunity to see the industry’s latest vessels through interactive presentations and waterborne demonstrations.

The marinas size required a total of 440m2 of TPA’s VersaDock system for the layout, which comprised a 75m by 2m main walkway.

TPA’s VersaDock pontoons are NATO codified for use in military installations. In addition, the floats have a wall thickness of 8mm minimum. They feature the technology of pin and nut moulds which strengthens the platform. The pontoon units were also supplied with integrated cleats and fenders to accommodate different display vessels.

Paul Robinson of Clarion Events, a former senior naval officer, said: “I was very keen to have a single provider and TPA installed it for us for the first time in 2017 and it was very successful.

“This year was a huge installation because we had more customers interested in putting their boats on the water but even so we have been absolutely delighted with the construction. It was first class. TPA are a very good team. They have been extremely responsive and adaptable so there were no big issues.”