Sika South Africa and Concrete Laser Flooring (Pty) Ltd recently joined forces to supply new flooring for the Durban base of the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI). Sika donated the epoxy flooring and the team at Concrete Laser Flooring supplied the labour.
The flooring installation was executed over the course of a weekend. One of the challenges that the installation team experienced was being constrained to work only at certain times. (Due to the locality of the NSRI in Durban’s harbour, work could only be undertaken when the tide was at its lowest.) Sika donated Sikafloor-2530 W in 5-litre ready-to-mix kits for the 280m2 floor area.
The floor was primed with a coating of Sikafloor-2530 W diluted with 5% water. This was followed with further roller-applied Sikafloor-2530 W until an effective protective top coat had been created. The reason why this coating was chosen is the fact that it is water-dispersed, solvent-free, odourless and easy to apply. It is also very durable and offers good chemical and mechanical resistance. After the weekend of working in between the ocean tides, the newly floored boat shed was ready for volunteers and rescue craft on Monday morning.
About the NSRI
The National Sea Rescue Institute is a non-profit organisation that is run by 980 volunteers. The NSRI consists of 32 coastal stations and three inland stations equipped with 92 rescue craft and 27 vehicles. The organisation survives on minimal funding and relies on the generosity of the public in order to save lives each year. The NSRI is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The NSRI is a very worthy organisation and its volunteers work tirelessly to protect people at sea. The public, and especially coastal communities, are urged to contribute in any way possible. The surfski paddling community of Durban has expressed deep gratitude to the NSRI for its unwavering dedication to sea rescue operations over many years.