SF MARINA: 1918-2018 - Celebrating a century
SF Marina team members, guests and partners travelled to Gothenburg, Sweden from all over the world as August tipped into September to take part in the centenary celebrations of one of the industry’s most innovative marina design and build companies. Instrumental in introducing the concept of floating concrete construction, SF Marina has continuously broadened its brief and its product reach. To mark the occasion, Marina World explores the company’s achievements, objectives and philosophy.
Opening for business as Brandholmens Shipyard in 1918, SF worked on floating concrete R&D and, before long, the floating concrete pontoon was its number one product. In 1935, SF built a marina system for the Royal Swedish Motor Yacht Club (RMK); and returned to expand this marina as recently as 2012.
Although the business grew and encompassed projects from floating pontoons to floating bridges – including the diverse contract to construct a temporary bridge in 1953 in Stockholm while an extension to the underground system was taking place – major strides forward were made in the 1970s. SF supplied pontoons for the Olympic Games in 1972, and towards the end of the decade made its biggest leap by launching a range of floating breakwaters. This expanded the market to include new and more exposed locations and deeper waters without harming the environment. SF takes positive pride in not undertaking invasive construction work on the seabed, and in the marina ‘nurseries’ that are created under and around its floating structures as water flow remains uninterrupted.
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