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Pontoons are generally long, narrow flotation devices. They may be of box or cylindric construction, hollow, solid (i.e., concrete) or filled (i.e., with foam).


  • May be lowered over the sides of heavy lift ships for additional buoyancy and stability while lifting
  • May be used by cruise ships to aid embarking/disembarking to tenders
  • Provide buoyancy to vessels or aircraft (float planes)

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