Kropf floating breakwaters are designed utilizing the same robust steel pipe floatation that makes our docks so reliable and stable.
Fixed breakwater options can present numerous challenges, including cost, environmental concerns, and a lack of flexibility. Given these challenges, a floating breakwater system from Kropf Marine can provide the basin protection you need, while staying within your budget and even serving as a revenue-generating asset.
Customizable Floating Breakwater systems
Along with our commercial floating dock systems, Kropf Marine also manufactures floating breakwater/floating wave attenuator structures for marina and harbour protection. In many locations, a floating attenuator represents a cost-effective alternative to a permanent breakwater, and it is typically easier to obtain permits for a floating structure.
These rugged steel floating structures are specifically designed for the distinct requirements and criteria of each site. A variety of designs are available, depending on the site exposure and level of protection required.
Kropf Marine can handle the entire process, from the design and fabrication of the system to delivery and installation.
Full width decking and skirting
Steel deck support framing
Spiral weld pipe floats
Optional maintenance catwalks instead of decking
Heavy duty tire connectors between sections
Magnesium sacrificial anodes
Robust steel framing
Anchor chain tube with guide flange
Steel plate box below float pipes
Removable anchor chain lock
Floating Breakwater System Construction
Our general design concept features a large diameter spiral welded steel tubes as the floatation and main structural element of each section. A welded baffle structure is suspended below the float tubes to dissipate and reflect the wave energy, thus sheltering the boats and facilities in the lee of the wave attenuator.
All steel surfaces are sandblasted and spray-coated with an advanced marine epoxy coating for longevity. Sacrificial anodes are bolt-mounted to the floatation pipes for additional corrosion protection.
Sections are joined together with a high-strength semi-flexible connection system that has been developed through years of experience working in harsh environments.
These breakwater structures are typically moored in place with a heavy duty galvanized anchor chain secured to massive concrete weights set on the lakebed. Alternative mooring systems such as Seaflex flexible moorings or driven piles are also available.
Our floating wave attenuators can also be supplied complete with full-width deck and fascia boards to allow the structure to be used as a combination breakwater and floating dock. Finger docks can be installed on the leeward side of the floating breakwater system to provide additional mooring slips.