Many Caribbean Islands use geotextile bags and tubes as Hurricane Storm Protection erosion control protection for marinas, beaches, rivers, any type of waterway shoreline. These geotextile products are more cost effective than older methods and provide superior protection in many cases. Geotexile tubes and bags can be placed along the shoreline to reduce wave action and erosion.
Uses can include breakwaters to protect beaches, ports, coves, harbors and marinas. They can be filled with sand and silt derived from marine dredging right in place or in a designated area, pumped into the portals from the discharge pipe of the dredge. For breakwaters and erosion control, the tubes or bags will be filled in place. The other use from dredge filled geotextile tubes and bags is for use in beach renoursihment and land reclamation. In this case, the tubes are filled in a designated area, usually a somewhat small footprint because the bags or tubes can be stacked. Once dewatered, the sand or silt can then be transported to any area needing the sand.
When an area is dredged, something has to be done with the dredging spoils. Traditionally, a "cell" is built at a large expense to hold the dredged materials, at a distance that can require first trucking the material to the cell. The "greener" method captures the dredging spoils through the dischange pipe directily into the geotextile tube or bag to dewater. The dewatered geotextile structure can then be used as shoreline erosion control or breakwaters. And the spoils can be distributed wherever needed. It is a win-win method.
Caribbean Geotextiles can supply many types of geotextile products including geotextile tubes, Hurricane Storm Protection bags, turbidity curtains, silt barriers, as well as many types of fabric formed concrete such as concrete linings and matts. We supply all of the Caribbean Islands and the Bahamas. Areas include: