When it comes to choosing materials for a marine environment, there are a number of considerations to take into account when deciding what to use. Rubber has been a relatively recent innovation in materials used for ships, harbours and marinas but is well suited for the environment.

Why rubber over other materials?

Rubber is extremely versatile and resilient material, particularly suitable for the harsh marine environment. Marine parts will be exposed repeatedly to sea water, wind, rain, UV rays, and extremes of heat and cold. Rubber also has other properties that make it a suitable choice for a marine environment. This is includes being resistant to repetitive strain, steam, exposure to chemicals and oil, and bond with metal parts.

What rubber is the right rubber?

The right choice for marine rubber depends largely on where the part will be used. It depends if it’s being used on the interior or exterior of a ship, as a seal or a moulding, or a fender. The shore hardness will vary from product to product based on which rubber is used. Sometimes a harder rubber will be used, other times a more flexible rubber will need to be used. Aquaseal Rubber works with their clients to determine the right rubber for each and every individual part we manufacture.

Marine rubber products

Hatch packing

Hatch packing is used to ensure that doors on a ship will have a watertight seal and can also be referred to as a gasket. This is one of the most common marine rubber products.

Types of rubber used for hatch packing : Neoprene, EPDM and natural rubber

Why rubber for hatch packing? : Anti-corrosive and fire-resistant

Corner and end pieces

Corner and end pieces are used where a tight seal is needed. The level of compression is adjusted for each individual product based on the situation the product will be used in.

Types of rubber used for corner and end pieces : Most types are suitable

Why rubber for corner and end pieces? : Withstands repetitive wear and tear

Bumpers and fenders

Bumpers and fenders are important pieces of equipment which absorb the energy from knocks and bumps, limiting the damage to ships and harbours by forming a protective barrier.

Types of rubber used for bumpers and fenders : Natural rubber, neoprene, EPDM, Styrene

Butadiene rubber, and PVC

Why rubber for bumpers and fenders? : Properties allow for compression and absorption

Extrusions

Extrusions can be used for a wide range of applications on a ship or marina, but are particularly effective when used for sealing.

Types of rubber used for extrusions : Natural rubber, neoprene, nitrile, EPDM, Styrene

Butadiene Rubber, silicone

Why rubber for extrusions? : Rubber offers the strength and flexibility to be used for a seal

If you are in need of marine rubber for your ship or marina, get in touch! Aquaseal Rubber is looking forward to working with you.

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