Bellingham Marine’s Unifloat concrete floating dock system, which was patented in the 1950s, was recognized by the Marina Recreation Association as a historical innovation that has had a substantial impact on the modern marina industry.
The MRA gave its 2015 Innovation Award to Bellingham at the group’s annual conference last week in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Ernest M. Usab of Long Beach, Calif., first developed the waler connected concrete dock system. More than 23 million square feet of Unifloat docks have been manufactured by Bellingham Marine and installed in marinas around the world since the company began to make the Unifloat system in 1958.
“In the early years we learned a lot about Ernie’s original design, its strengths and its weakness, and began to improve upon his system immediately,” Bellingham Marine president Everett Babbitt said in a statement.