Innovation on the dockside
An undeniably fresh one-stop approach to the provision of dockside amenities was introduced in the Marina & Yard Pavilion at Metstrade 2022 by the Croatian team from Docker (below right). A prototype of the patent-pending Docker M2B stirred great interest due to its multi-functionality and sharp, modern appearance.Believing that the quality of marina services provided to boaters is measured in terms of functionality, the Docker R&D team set out in 2019 to give boaters a safe, simple but comprehensive means of connecting to electricity, water and pump-out. Metalwork specialist Kontis came on board as a partner.
Better cable management lies at the core of the new concept as, instead of storing electric cables and water hoses onboard each boat, and having them trail across the pontoon so as to connect with services, all essential cabling is neatly contained within the Docker infrastructure. Just a few standard adaptors are needed for every boat to be able to hook up. Docker’s innovative built-in system of winders releases appropriate cables and hoses to connect to water, electricity and pump-out as required.
Half-submerged on the side of the pontoon, Docker units are constructed of environmentally friendly aluminium and have recycled teak ‘decking’ on top to double as a passerelle. The design is modern, dominated by sharp lines, and is offered in a wide range of custom colours.
Feature details include:
• Waste-water pump-out by vacuum. Each Docker can store up to 200 litres of waste material and store it in its tank. This gives the marina team control over the disposal of waste water and its removal from the marina, and reduces the likelihood of discharge in open water.
• Electric power and water are sent from existing infrastructure to the relevant automatic winders and then directly to each berth. Electricity supply is sufficient for daily use, battery charging and, if required in the future, could be used to charge an electric boat.
• A built-in smart system monitors water and electricity consumption, switches services on and off, takes online payments and can be used to deliver information, receive berth bookings, and more.
• Optional LED indirect lighting on each Docker delivers low-level night time illumination to add to ambience and improve safety.
• Safety bumpers absorb impact at speeds up to seven knots.
The Docker team is hoping to make the first installation at a Croatian marina this year when manufacture will be in full swing.