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Bellingham Marine is an association of companies doing work in the marine industry – in the US and abroad. With over 50 years experience building and designing marinas, Bellingham Marine has the resources to meet all your marina needs.
SCOPE OF SERVICES
Bellingham Marine (BMI) is the world leader in the design, manufacturing, and construction of marinas and related products and services. BMI has installed more than 1.9 million square meters (20 million square feet) of dock systems throughout the United States and the world, including many high profile, landmark projects located in city waterfront centers. Our products and services cover virtually every aspect of the marina industry, from our flagship line of floating moorage to our dry stack storage systems. Examples of work performed in the private sector include marina design using site specific precision engineering, dock manufacturing, and construction. In the public sector, many of these same services are available as well as services to assess and assist in the “privatization” of public marinas. Bellingham Marine has also worked for the Navy and the Coast Guard manufacturing and installing floats and access docks for their vessel.
Bellingham Marine has 12 years of experience in pre-stress concrete products. Our facility located in Bellingham, Washington can accommodate ship or barge loading providing significant savings on transportation cost on many projects. It is certified by the Pre-cast/Pre-stressed Concrete Institute, the Washington State Department of Transportation and the City of Seattle, for the production of pre-cast/pre-stressed concrete products.
Bellingham Marine has steel casting forms for the following products. Some of these forms are self stressing and others require the use of our stressing bed.
• 8′ Wide Double Tee
• 4′ Wide Channel Beam
• 38″ Bulb Tee
• 6′ Wide Haunched Deck Panel
• Solid Concrete Rectangular Deck Slabs
• 16 1/2″ Octagonal Piling
• 18″ Octagonal Piling
• 12″ Square Piling
• 8 Ton Dolos
• Other Miscellaneous Forms
Dock Parts and Accessories
Marina Accessories, Inc (MAI) is your one-stop-shopping center geared to meet the needs of the commercial marina owner, harbor master, marina contractor, or private boat dock owner. From pile guides and gangways to safety equipment, MAI can supply it. Whether you are looking to replace existing parts or upgrade your current facilities, MAI can help you identify the right product for the job.
Marina Accessories was founded in 1998 by two employees of Bellingham Marine. MAI is an affiliate of Bellingham Marine and was established to meet a growing demand for marina parts specialists. The staff at MAI has used the knowledge gained through Bellingham Marine combined with 50 years of experience in the industry to create a company that has become your selective marina parts specialist. The staff at Marina Accessories knows which marine products are truly high quality.
Visit the Marina Accessories website to view their selection of dock accessories. You can contact an MAI representative at (360) 676-7500 or toll-free in the United States at (800) 585-6890. You can also reach MAI by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Residential Floating Dock Systems
Every residential system should be an original, as individual as you, capturing the essence of your waterfront and outdoor lifestyle combined with a small touch of luxury. Each of Bellingham Marine’s floating dock systems are designed and engineered to the finest detail, taking into account the site conditions, such as wind, waves, weather, geological conditions, and size of vessel, to ensure maximum benefits are obtained from both the site and the surroundings.
Purpose built for private dwellings, Bellingham Marine’s residential dock systems are based on the pedigree of the successful Bellingham Unifloat® and Unideck® commercial docking system and offer unrivalled quality, state of the art styling, and precision engineering.
Benefits: Bellingham Marine’s residential floating docks provide numerous benefits to waterfront owners. If you are fortunate enough to own waterfront property, you know that a dock is essential for realizing maximum value and enjoyment of that lifestyle. Many waterfront owners would agree that the quality of the access provided for boating, fishing, swimming and other forms of recreation is the capstone of their overall experience of living on the water. Common benefits of residential docks include easy recreational access to water, convenient and secure moorage, and increased property value.
The site specific designs offered by Bellingham Marine provide the ultimate in stability, safety and longevity insuring that the waterfront living experience is enhanced to the greatest extent possible. With Bellingham Marine’s floating docks you get precision engineering and innovative features, coupled with over 45 years experience to bring you a product that best complements your lifestyle and surroundings. Bellingham Marine delivers proven durability and low maintenance to residential dock owners and marina operators alike.
Options: Residential dock systems offer a variety of options including classic wood, composite, concrete (in broom or specialty finishes) or carpeted decking, just to name a few. Accenting the world’s leading residential floating dock systems with fendering, lighting, power centers and a wide range of other available amenities for safety and convenience provide the finishing touches that make each Bellingham Marine residential dock unique, to its owner’s needs.
Other key components which are often an integral part of residential dock systems such as the gangway or ramp system can be designed specifically to meet the needs of the boat dock owner. A traditional aluminum structure that minimizes maintenance and weight is just one of the many options available for residential gangways.
Quality, service, dependability and experience are all key factors in selecting the best supplier or contractor for your job. We, at Bellingham Marine, are confident that we measure up on all counts and look forward to discussing your residential docking system needs with you.
Unifloat® and Unideck® Covered Floating Docks
Covered Moorage: Covered wet slips are a logical way of protecting any sized vessel.
Bellingham Marine’s Unifloat® and Unideck® systems are available with a structurally designed roof system designed to protect boats and marina guests from the elements. These covered systems provide an open atmosphere under the roof while maintaining the structural strength for site-specific wind and snow loads, as engineered by Bellingham Marine. Special construction considerations are given to maintain the structural integrity of the roof and docking system.
Bellingham Marine’s covered moorage systems feature a galvanized steel framework that supports the roofing structure.
Customization: Like all of Bellingham Marine’s products, its roofing systems are site specific. They can be built to accommodate large yachts and houseboats as well as smaller vessels. However size is not the only element of Bellingham Marine’s covered moorage systems that can be customized; almost every aspect of the roofing system can be built to achieve maximum benefits from the site and surroundings. End and side walls can be added for increased protection and roofing material, color and style and be designed to fit into the overall architectural theme of the marina.
In regions where snow loading requirements are of concern, removable roofs can be designed to accommodate the local environment. With a removable roof, boaters can enjoy the comfort of the covered slips during the boating season, yet the roof can be removed prior to winter snows to meet the structural challenge of the snow loading requirements.
Technical Considerations: Bellingham Marine’s covered moorage systems are designed to meet the increased concerns associated with marina fires and provide appropriate fire protection. Preventive measures are adopted during the design and construction phase to significantly reduce potential hazards. Today, covered moorage structures are being equipped with smoke and heat vents to help slow the spread of fire by allowing heat and smoke to escape more quickly. Careful consideration is also given to the material of the roof to help avoid trapping the fire.
Installation: A number of US marinas have reaped the benefits of Bellingham Marine’s covered roofing systems. Several of Bellingham’s covered moorage projects include Jantzen Bay Marina in Oregon, Tiki Marina and Sacramento Marina in California, Kentucky Dam Marina in Kentucky and Willow Berm Marina in California.
Quality, service, dependability and experience are all key factors in selecting the best supplier or contractor for the job. We, at Bellingham Marine, are confident that we measure up on all counts and look forward to discussing your covered moorage needs with you.
Modern Concrete Floating Platforms
Bellingham Marine’s floating platforms are based on the pedigree of the successful Bellingham Unifloat® float modules and offer unrivalled quality, precision engineering, and state of the art stability.
Benefits: Bellingham’s floating platforms enable individuals to transform water into real estate. They enable owners to relocate operations that once required shore side property to the water. Designed and engineered as a stable and unsinkable system, Bellingham’s platform systems can be used for a variety of applications from building foundations to gangway platforms and ferry landings. A floating convenience store or fuel station can make it easy for tenants and visitors to stock up on fuel, ice, bait, and picnic supplies before heading out for the day.
Integration of the right platform can help marina owners overcome the challenge of changing water levels and /or limited availability of shore side property. By constructing fuel stations, dockmaster facilities, restrooms and /or laundry facilities on floating platforms, marinas can offer tenants and visitors all the amenities they desire.
Options: Each Bellingham platform is one of a kind, designed and engineered specifically to the site and the client’s needs. Design options are endless. Size, shape, and application are calculated into the design criteria to create a customized, site-specific platform. Intended to add functionality to the site, there are a myriad of applications for floating platforms. Common platform applications include fuel docks, offices, convenience stores, marine stores, bait and tackle shops, boat and ski rentals, restrooms, and ferry landings.
Technical Considerations:Bellingham’s floating platforms are custom designed to meet various load capacities and customer specifications. Regulatory requirements; site conditions such as wind, wave, weather and geological conditions; and anticipated load requirements are all important elements considered in the design of the platform. Platforms can be constructed in large sections or assembled from modular sections allowing trucking to sites in remote locations. Bellingham can work as a single source contractor handling building and platform design or can work with your architect or builder to ensure design and installation of your platform is carried out with minimal fuss.
Bellingham possesses the knowledge and know-how to design and build a state of the art floating platform to fit your needs. The heart of Bellingham’s success lays in the total commitment to innovation, quality and service.
Unistack® Dry Storage Boat Buildings
Created to meet the growing demand for dry storage facilities, Unistack® accommodates boats up to 50 feet (15.24 meters) long. Stored inside the Unistack® dry storage structure, boats, along with their gel-coat surfaces, canvas and upholstery, are protected from sun, rain, ice, wind and the wear and tear of trailering.
Unistack® Design Features: the dry stack can be customized to meet any owner requirement. Racks are engineered to be adjustable and are easily reconfigured for boats of varying sizes and weights. Unistack® installations may be designed to accommodate retail concessions, repair and maintenance facilities and office space, at the owner’s discretion. Designs are prepared in feet and inches as well as metric per our international standards.
Unistack® Quality of Construction: is better built and a better value because each installation is site engineered to Bellingham Marine’s high quality standards. Unistack® installations are built to withstand the harsh weather found in various regions of the world. As an owner or operator, you will have the confidence that the valuable property your dry storage facility protects is in good care.
Unistack® Advantages: Unistack® is designed as a “rack supported” structure. This type of design creates efficiencies by utilizing the boat storage racks as the building’s structural framing. This construction has the potential to also create business (tax) advantages for our owners.
Unistack® Dry Storage Systems are the ideal solution where winter weather and lack of space make wet moorage hazardous or expensive. Unistack protects boats from sun, salt, wind, rain, ice and snow.
Unistack® is a flexible dry storage system, allowing owners and operators to change the shelf configurations to match their customer requirements. Unistack® is built with the same quality and durability that Bellingham Marine customers have come to expect with Unifloat® and Unideck®.
Unistack® Installations: Bellingham Marine has designed, manufactured and installed Unistack® dry stack systems at locations around the world. For a location near you, please see our past Unistack® projects where you can view our Past Project List of Unistack® installations.
Aluminum and Galvanized Steel Frame Dock Systems
Bellingham Marine’s Unideck® system carries on the tradition of precision engineered deck systems.
Unideck® Inland-Water Flotation System: Capitalizing on decades of experience in salt-water dock systems, Bellingham Marine provides Unideck® metal frame systems for inland waterways, rivers and lakes. The result is the same concrete-decked appearance and durability as Unifloat® in a practical design for fresh-water.
Unideck®, Computer Designed and Performance Tested: Our computer designed Unideck® system was tested in over 400,000 wave test cycles at the University of Wisconsin. The designed proved its durability and has developed its own reputation in installations across the United States.
Unideck® Options: Unideck® marinas offer the same options as Unifloat®, including classic wood or plastic decking in lieu of cast concrete covered moorage and all necessary amenities.
Unideck® Life-Cycle Cost Advantages: When life-cycle costs of ownership are factored in, Unideck® is the most cost-effective system on the market today.
Unideck® Installations: Kentucky Dam Marina in the Tennessee Valley Authority waterway is an example of Unideck® versatility and engineering. Developers took advantage of the nearby golf course to create a slip-to-tee resort. With specially designed Unifloat® docks, guests may drive golf carts from the course right to their boats. For a location near you please view our past Unideck® projects
Willow Berm Marina in the Sacramento River Delta employs a combination Unideck® moorage with the extra protection of a Unifloat® wave and debris attenuator and a Unifloat® fuel dock.
Commercial and Residential Floating Docks
Bellingham Marine is pleased to offer its timber dock system to the marina industry. At Bellingham Marine our timber float systems have higher load capacities than other currently available commercial timber systems and are engineered to meet Bellingham’s strict design standards. Quality craftsmanship and top of the line materials ensure the highest level of quality and product consistency.
Bellingham’s timber systems are also designed to maximize shipping and installation efficiencies. This is accomplished by the unique design of the dock system, which features compressed frame modules. The compressed modules significantly reduce the footprint of the shipped components providing over 400% greater shipping capacity.
As the strongest commercially available pre-designed system on the market, Bellingham’s timber docks feature a continuous waler system with steel reinforced connectors. These features in conjunction with linear torsion beams provide not only increased strength but vastly increased stiffness to the dock system.
In general, wood is an economical and versatile construction material that is used by designers and contractors in the marine industry. Pressure-treated Southern Yellow Pine is a commonly used lumber; however, a variety of soft and hardwood lumber can be used to create the look and feel desired. When properly treated, most types of lumber can have a long useful life and be extremely durable.
Bellingham Marine’s timber floats provide easy trench access for utilities. They are precision engineered for your site to provide a system that is balanced both as an integral unit and within its environment, enabling Bellingham’s timber float systems to meet and exceed anticipated load and locale requirements.
The customization options for Bellingham Marine’s timber floats are as varied as the sites they occupy. Timber floats can be designed to meet the requirements of inland, coastal, freshwater, and saltwater environments.
Lumber choices include, but are not limited to, Southern Yellow Pine, Douglas Fir, several species of Cedar and a variety of imported hardwoods. Use of galvanized hardware and cleats are common choices among Bellingham’s customers but stainless options are also available.
Although there are numerous timber options available for your wood floats, it is important the lumber selected is able to withstand the conditions and climate of the region. Bellingham Marine will make sure your timber system is designed to meet the specifics of your site, your marina operation, and your region. Weather, soil, current, and wave conditions are factored in to ensure your marina is precision engineered for ultimate performance at your location. All Bellingham’s float systems are certified and meet or exceed all State and Federal requirements.
Proven quality, service, dependability and experience are all key factors in selecting the best supplier or contractor for the job. We, at Bellingham Marine, are confident that we measure up on all counts and look forward to discussing your docking needs with you.
Bellingham Marine has utilized its dependable and proven Unifloat® product for wave attenuation in numerous applications.
Acting as a floating “breakwater”, Unifloat® wave attenuators are designed and engineered to significantly reduce wave action entering a marina basin. These attenuators are an ideal solution for many harbor applications with some important benefits such as low environmental impact and no water depth limitations. There are four primary variables that affect attenuator performance. They are the mass, the width, the depth and the configuration of the attenuator. Each of these variables must be adjusted to meet the specific design wave criteria for every site.
Unifloat® Attenuator Advantages:Unifloat® attenuators do not inhibit tidal flow or marine ecology. Unifloat® attenuators are cost-effective where other breakwater solutions may not be feasible. Unifloat® attenuators are visually unobtrusive allowing for easy viewing of the waterfront. Unifloat® attenuators do not encourage siltation as other rubble mound or driven pile breakwaters might. Unifloat® attenuators are multi-purposed – – they may be used for transient moorage, public access and fishing, and barriers for floating debris. Often times they create additional revenue streams for their owners.
Technical Advantages: Unifloat® attenuators are individually designed to specific site conditions regarding wind, wave, boat wake and transmitted wave criteria. The inherent mass of the floating concrete Unifloat® system along with a variety of interconnection systems makes it a natural choice for wave attenuation.
Unifloat® Attenuator Installations:Bellingham Marine has manufactured and installed more floating attenuators than anyone in the industry. From Australia to Alaska, from Florida to Maine Unifloat® attenuators are protecting more marinas than any other system in the world. For a location near you, please see our Projects Page or our Wave Attenuator Installation List.
Unifloat® Concrete Floating Docks
Bellingham Marine’s Unifloat® (concrete floating docks) system has become the industry standard for the modern marina since first introduced in 1958.
The Unifloat® system features 11 patented innovations and is continuously being developed and improved. Unifloat® docks have proven their durability, with nearly 20 million square feet of Unifloat® (concrete floating) docks installed during the past 50 years. The system is stable and doesn’t rot, burn, corrode, loosen, or rattle as in other systems. The concrete deck surface is safe, permanent, and is finished with non-skid walking surface.
Unifloat® Installations: From Cabo San Lucas in Mexico to Auckland, New Zealand, Unifloat’s clean lines and solid construction can be seen around the world. For a location near you, please see our Projects Page where you can choose to view our Current Project List or our extensive list of Past Projects.
Technical Advantages of Unifloat®:The Unifloat® floating dock system is composed of individual concrete float modules connected with a through-rod system developed by Bellingham Marine in the 1960s. The modular concept allows virtually any size or configuration. Durable through-rods allow easy reconfiguration and expansion of flotation systems as needs change.
Unifloat® special features include:Strong, rugged, durable, proven system Modular flexibility, speed of installation Safe, non-flammable, easily incorporates permanent non-skid surfaces Wave resistance, offers protection to boats and stability to users Salt and fresh-water resistant. Submersion of floats actually increases durability Environmentally friendly, non-polluting
Unifloat® Options: Unifloat® marinas offer a variety of configurations and options, including classic wood decking, covered moorage, and a wide range of special amenities for safety, convenience, and service to make your marina distinctive.
Unifloat® Life-Cycle Cost Advantages: Unifloat® marinas offer the lowest life-cycle costs in the industry. Bellingham Marine quality and site-specific engineering delivers proven durability and low maintenance to operators world wide. Affordable at the start, with minimal maintenance costs, lower insurance from fire-resistant concrete, Unifloat® concrete floating docks make financial sense while offering the toughness and beauty you need in a floating dock system.