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Top Uses for Floating Pontoon Platforms

Top Uses for Floating Pontoon Platforms

The word ‘pontoon’ derives from the Latin ‘pontonem’ meaning ‘flat-bottomed boat’. In Latin ‘pon’ translates to ‘bridge’. In contrast, the modern ‘pontoon platform’ is an aquatic-bound structure providing a buoyant yet solid surface for people, structures and machinery. Pontoon platforms consist of small cubes synthesised from polyethylene. Holistically, these cubes fit together to form an overall platform.

In this post we outline common reasons for floating pontoon hire.

1. To hold scaffolding up on water:

A floating pontoon platform is used to secure scaffolding in lakes, canals and rivers. This is typically the case during bridge maintenance work where heavy tools such as welding equipment must be utilised in order to repair corroded bridge material.

2. For a marriage ceremony :

Floating pontoon platforms are capable of holding the weight of hundreds of people. When fleshed out with ‘bling’ floating pontoon platforms make the ideal place to hold a wedding reception as illustrated in the photograph below:

3. For sporting events:

Floating pontoon platforms have been a favourite for ‘Red Bull’ sponsored sporting events such as boat racing (see photograph below).

4. A public fishing park

Japan’s population continues to rise each year. The country is greatly overpopulated and land is in short supply. Floating pontoon platforms offer a solution to this problem. The Japanese utilise floating pontoon platforms for various uses, including parks, carparks and even to house entire towns. This means more land is created cheaply

The below picture represents a public fishing park in Shimizu, Japan.

5. As a temporary dock:

Floating pontoon platforms are ideally designed as a temporary dock. This dock can be transported to different locations as and when needed. Pontoon platforms consist of small cubes. These cubes are assembled in a similar manner to Lego. This allows the platform to be easily transported from one location to another.

6. A home:

In countries such as Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines it is not uncommon for people to live on floating pontoon platforms. These people are live off the sea. Small huts are constructed onto the platforms. These huts are constructed from bamboo and hay.

In the developed world, concrete pontoon structures are utilised to house ‘floating houses’. This is common in the USA and Canada.

7. To hold up a bridge

Below is an Egyptian bridge. This bridge uses a concrete pontoon platform. Concrete pontoons utilise ‘pre-cast’ concrete. The concrete is thus assembled on-site.

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