Dartmouth Higher Ferry

Products - Traffideck Grip 4000 Resin System & E4 Epoxy Sealer  

The Dartmouth Higher Ferry, also known as the Dartmouth–Kingswear Floating Bridge, is a vehicular cable ferry which crosses the River Dart in the English county of Devon. The Ferry runs every 15 minutes to and for its residents who regularly require the crossings to go to work and for its frequent tourists/visitors in the area.. 


The ferries surfacing had become worn after decades of wear and tear crossing the river Dart. JMS were tasked to provide a new functional surface that would serve its passengers whilst protecting the owner’s asset for years to come. After much deliberation and planning, the project took place to coincide with a predominantly quieter period in October, and other essential ferry maintenance works required to avoid as much disruption to its normal service as possible. 

JMS mechanically removed back 650m2 of the worn surface back to its steel underlying and captive blasted the weathered steel to SA2.5 standard. A rust inhibiting primer was applied to then protect this new profile. JMS operatives installed Traffideck Grip 4000 polyurethane resin System for this project dressed in an Emery aggregate. This was then followed by an Epoxy sealer coat E4 to encapsulate the system and strengthen its qualities further. 

The existing coating was removed via jet dryer & mechanical abrasives.

After removal to underlying steel during captive blasting process.

Despite some inclement weather playing its part with it being October in trying to delay the project, the project was completed just in time for the school holidays and remains an important means of transport every single day for its residents and visitors with a new guaranteed surface for years to come. 

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