Walcon Marine Ltd has acquired Docking Solutions Ltd, a UK-based supplier of heavy-duty pontoons and commercial-grade bridges, from its parent company Baltic Wharf Ltd. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Walcon is a market leader in the design, manufacture and installation of berthing facilities, marinas and yacht harbours around the world.

“The heavy-duty pontoons designed and produced by Docking Solutions extend our product range and allow us to offer more cost-effective solutions to the commercial and governmental sectors, as well as sturdy alternatives for providers of leisure berthing facilities with locations that are exposed or in high-traffic positions,” says James Walters, managing director of Walcon Marine.

Colin Bower, managing director of Docking Solutions, adds: “Over the past 25 years we have sold our pontoons to a wide range of satisfied customers. Becoming part of Walcon marks the start of a new era for the brand and we anticipate that Docking Solutions’ bridges and pontoons will reach new markets and become an even more common sight in harbours around the UK and abroad.”

Docking Solutions pontoons use twin tubular steel floats braced by welded cross tubes for exceptional strength and durability, mounted in a catamaran configuration. They can be fabricated to almost any length and size, and in high-freeboard configurations. Existing customers include harbour and port authorities, search and rescue services and the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MoD), as well as marinas serving leisure users.