Walcon Marine, Yarmouth Harbour

Project: Walcon Marine, Yarmouth Harbour

Kebony, the Cleantech 100 company behind the award-winning sustainable substitute for tropical hardwood and preservative treated timber, is delighted that the exciting new £1.3 million Yarmouth Harbour project has been completed – representing both a pioneering sustainable marine development and the first UK harbour installation to use Kebony’s innovative decking material.

Working alongside Yarmouth Harbour Commissioners and Walcon Marine, leaders in the design, construction and installation of yacht harbours, Kebony is thrilled that the project is the first marine development in the UK to use its product. Yarmouth harbour demonstrates a forward thinking approach to environmental responsibility, a stunning venture which is set to draw visitors from far and wide as summer approaches.

Tasked with redeveloping one of the UK’s most popular harbours, Walcon Marine chose Kebony decking for the 200 metres of new pontoons, new bridge head and access bridge. Kebony was selected for its high quality, excellent durability and very high density making it resistant to wear, low maintenance and cost-effective. Rigorously tested in harsh Norwegian climates for its stability, Kebony has been heralded as the first viable alternative to tropical hardwood and preservative treated timber, demonstrating comparable, and often superior, properties.

Through an environmentally-friendly process of ‘Kebonization’ the wood is impregnated with a patented mixture based on furfuryl alcohol, a liquid produced from agricultural crop waste, which then reacts with the wood fibres and permanently strengthens the wood. Over time, Kebony will evolve with its surrounding natural landscape, acquiring a beautiful silver grey patina that will compliment the picturesque Isle of Wight scenery.

Jan Terje Nielsen, Director of Marketing for Kebony comments:”We are delighted to be involved in this innovative new project. Yarmouth Harbour is the first in the UK to use Kebony and is a superb showcase of how marine developments can be both commercially-viable and sustainable. They have shown a genuine concern for both the quality of the build and the environment – Yarmouth is a beautiful town and we are thrilled that they are using Kebony for this ground-breaking project.”

Chris Lisher, Harbour Master at Yarmouth Harbour comments: “Here in Yarmouth we have a bustling and thriving business community much of it based on activity in and around the harbour. We are delighted to have installed Kebony decking that is not only highly durable for the thousands of boaters passing through but looks great and is fully sustainable.“

James Walters, Managing Director at Walcon Marine comments: "We're very pleased to have had this opportunity to work with Kebony for the first time. We have fitted a variety of sustainable decking materials in recent years and Kebony is certainly one of the best we have encountered, both in its structural properties and its aesthetics. We look forward to using it again in the future.”

Kebony has been recognised for its green credentials being named as one of the world’s most promising clean technology companies in the Global Cleantech 100. This Norwegian wood company was also cited as one of the top 50 companies that could change our world in 2010 and a top 25 creative European Company as well as receiving the Nordic region’s eco-label, the Swan, Glass Bear for sustainable consumption and production and the Norwegian Blue Ocean Award. Environmental studies also demonstrate that Kebony maple has a substantially lower carbon footprint than unsustainable Burmese teak*.

In light of its environmental prowess, Kebony has also been used in several boardwalk projects both in Norway and the United States. Bethany Beach (Delaware, United States) installed Kebony boardwalk a year ago and have been so delighted with the results that a larger order has been places to extend the boardwalk. Meanwhile, Kebony Maple decking has been used as a substitute for teak for a number of high-profile boats such as the Contessa 32, the Atlantis Verve and Elan, the Windy SR52 Blackbird, W40 Maestro boats.