The fender body is covered with either chain net, wire net or fibre net. The chain net is the most popular type, protecting the rubber body from sharp objects and normal wear and tear. Each end of longitudinal chains is linked together with one or two rings, which is connected with a guy chain. As standard the NPF fenders come with truck tyres but aircraft tyres are available as optional. All fenders come with towing lug/ring and shackle/swivel connected to each end.
PALFINGER MARINE also offers custom-made design, like stainless steel tyre net, rubber pads, extra thick rubber sleeves and heavy duty tyre net.
For customers who outfit their fenders with netting locally PALFINGER MARINE supplies body only fenders.
Sling type fender is a body only version but with reinforced flange area as the towing lug is directly connected to the outer flange. Each towing lug has a shackle/swivel set.
The advantage with using sling type fender:
- Lower weight
- No risk of scratching ship hull/damaging coating
- Easier to handle
The disadvantage compared with chain and tyre net type is that the average lifetime of the fender is lower, as the fender body is not protected from sharp objects both during operation and mob/demob/transport. As an alternative to the standard sling fender PALFINGER MARINE offers pneumatic rib fenders. The rubber ribs offer light protection of the fender body.