Clarion Events contracts TPA for DSEI

Clarion Events invited TPA to supply a modular marina for the DSEI exhibition at London’s Excel, after a successful installation in 2017.

The show, which took place on (September 13-17), connects governments, national armed forces, industry thought leaders and the global defence and security supply chain. The dockside setting delivers a showcase of maritime capabilities and international warships, including the opportunity to see the industry’s latest vessels in action through interactive presentations and waterborne demonstrations.

This year, the marina was twice as big and a total of 440 square metres. TPA’s VersaDock system was required for the layout, which comprised of a 75 metre by two metre main walkway, which ran eight “finger” jetties between 10 and 15 metres long and 6.5 metres to 8 metres apart.

The pontoon units were supplied complete with integrated cleats and fenders to accommodate the different display vessels from UK and northern European companies, as well as a four metre aluminium roller gangway with handrails to give guests access from the quayside onto the main walkway.

The pontoons and equipment were transported and installed using Hiab wagons to lift the pre-built sections into the water where they were linked together into the layout by a four-man crew over two days.

Paul Robinson, senior naval advisor to Clarion Events for DSEI, said: “I was very keen to have a single provider and TPA installed it for us for the first time in 2017 and it was very successful.

“This year was a huge installation because we had more customers interested in putting their boats on the water but even so we have been absolutely delighted with the construction. It was first class. TPA are a very good team. They have been extremely responsive and adaptable so there were no big issues.”