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Geotube Shoreline Protection and Breakwater Construction Bring Cancun Beaches Back To Life - Case Study


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Millions of Dollars of Property and Tourism Are Restored And Permanently Protected Using Geotube Marine Structures Technology.

The famed, white sand beaches of Cancun, Mexico have been pounded mercilessly twice in recent years. First by Hurricane Gilbert in '88, then by Hurricane Wilma in '05, the two most intense and destructive hurricanes ever recorded in Atlantic basin history. Both storms took a tremendous toll, destroying lives, property and tourism.

After Wilma, Cancun's beaches were totally eroded and resort hotels were left in rubble. Beautiful views and long stretches of sand were erased. Instead, there were steep drop-offs and oceanfront water pounding at hotel doors.

If the shoreline devastation wasn't enough, the natural sand bar 600 feet offshore was also destroyed, leaving the beaches even more vulnerable to the relentless waves.

The Solution

TenCate was called in about a month after Hurricane Wilma hit. They worked with both the Mexican Tourism Foundation, Fonatur, on a master plan to rebuild the beaches, as well as with individual hotels to renovate their beach fronts and protect them from future damage.

Geotube marine structures technology has been used in scores of countriesto rebuild beaches, protect property, create jetties, even build entire islands. The process is simple: large tubes made of specially engineered textile are filled with sand and lined up along the shoreline. Each tube can be hundreds of feet long, and in most cases, the installation is permanent. When rough weather threatens, the tubes hold the sand in place, preventing erosion and property damage.

One of the big advantages of using Geotube technology is that the original slope of the beach can be recreated.

TenCate develops and produces materials that function to increase performance, reduce cost, and deliver measurable results by working with our customers to provide advanced solutions. Forthe beaches of Cancun, Geotube shoreline protection proved to be the right solution at the right time.

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