Ducks & Drakes

Quietening the Duck – an unusual marine sound proofing project.

One of our most unusual marine applications must be the sound proofing of an iconic amphibious vehicle the DUKW or ‘duck’, now used by the London Duck Tour company.

The duck, a half boat half truck, was originally deployed by the allies during WWII and played a crucial part in the Normandy beaches landings of D-Day. In latter years the vehicle saw active service military service until 1966 and the Royal Marines used them as training vehicles until 2012.

Today the London Duck Company use the distinctive yellow vehicle to deliver fascinating amphibious tours of the capital, cleverly combining the landmarks of the city streets with an exciting splashdown in the Thames.

Ducks & Drakes

Ducks & Drakes

Ducks & Drakes

Ducks & Drakes

However, one of the older ducks in the fleet was proving a little too noisy for tours, so they came to Acoustiblok to provide a speedy solution. Acoustiblok’s super slim 3mm membrane was used to line the engine area of the duck to ensure the engine noise was contained for the comfort of passengers.

“Our sound insulation membrane is thin and malleable making it ideal for marine applications where space can be particularly tight,” explained Acoustiblok UK Managing Director, Mike Ervine.

““Acoustiblok is well-known in the marine industry, particularly for use on board luxury yachts, however, this project was slightly more unusual and we were pleased to help such an iconic vessel which, thanks to the London Duck Tour company, is being put to such an amazing use in our capital.”

Michael Ervine, Acoustiblok UK Ltd Managing Director.