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TRELLEBORG TO OPEN 2017 LNG SHIP-SHORE INTERFACE CONFERENCE

By Richard Hepworth, President of Trelleborg’s marine systems operation

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation will deliver the welcoming address at The LNG World Shipping Ship/Shore Interface Conference, which will be held at the ILEC Conference Centre (stand 1) in London, England, 16-17 November 2017.

Organized by LNG World Shipping, The LNG Ship/Shore Interface Conference provides invaluable best practice insight to all stakeholders in the LNG transportation supply chain. This event will focus on the ship/shore interface, where LNG carrier and terminal operations link to load or discharge LNG and the most delicate point in the supply chain for cargo and custody transfer systems, berthing and escort tugs, mooring and jetty arrangements and cargo-handling equipment performance.

Delivered by Dave Pendleton, Managing Director of Trelleborg’s marine systems operation UK, the welcoming address will discuss the importance of innovation and collaboration around the ship shore interface for LNG transfer.  At the conference, Trelleborg will also provide an update on the latest developments in the mid-scale LNG market. Andrew Stafford, Technical Director of Trelleborg Marine Systems operation in UK will present how Trelleborg’s latest SmartPort enabled Gen 3 ship shore link has been designed to provide complete flexibility for increasing variety of LNG markets and applications. ’.

At 258MT last year was a record for LNG trade, and with more liquefaction and import capacity coming on line in the near future and over 800MT of proposed liquefaction projects in planning, innovation around the ship-shore interface will be a key enabler in supporting the growth, flexibility and diversification of the LNG market.

From terminals to trucks, jetties to jettyless, floating to fixed, ship to shore, ship to ship industry professionals from many different disciplines will share their views about how the ship shore interface may evolve to the benefit of our customers.

The safe, efficient transportation and transfer of LNG as a cargo has had an enviable safety record over its 40 year history. Over that period many different ideas have been brought forward which are now accepted industry practice and industry standards. The LNG Ship/Shore Interface Conference will provide the ideal platform to discuss our commitment to maintaining this record by helping ports, terminals and vessels take a smarter approach to interfaces between units in LNG transfer, which can have a huge impact on overall efficiency.

For more information about The LNG Ship/Shore Interface Conference or to register your attendance, visit: http://www.lngshippingconference.com

TRELLEBORG TO SHOWCASE EMERGENCY SHUTDOWN LINK TECHNOLOGY AT TANKER SHIPPING & TRADE 2017

By Richard Hepworth, President of Trelleborg’s marine systems operation

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation will showcase its Emergency Shutdown Link (ESL) technology for the Oil and Chemical Tanker industry at The 2017 Tanker Shipping & Trade Conference (stand 1, 14 – 15 November) in London, UK.

The Tanker Shipping and Trade Conference and Awards is a two day event that covers the commercial, operational and technical issues impacting the crude, product and chemical tanker trades.

Linked ship/shore ESD systems have long been present in LNG and LPG transfer operations as a key safety feature. Similar safety issues also exist between ship and shore in the transfer of oil and chemicals, however there has been no industry standard that has been available to guide developments.

The ESL is designed to meet the Oil Companies International Marine Forum’s (OCIMF) recommendations for linked Ship/Shore Emergency Shutdown (ESD) Systems for oil and chemical tankers. Introduced in April 2017 and published in conjunction with the Chemical Distribution Institute, the guideline provides a welcome step in the evolution of safety and regulations in the oil and chemical transfer arena that we hope, in time, it will be included in project requirements. We look forward to discussing our compliant ESL at the conference and hearing the latest experiences and opinions of those across the market.

The recommendations suggest best practice for connections between ship and terminal ESD systems through the implementation of a linked ESD system, so that ESD activation by either the terminal or ship will stop cargo transfer operations. They specify an electrical umbilical incorporating 5-pin twist connectors, for universal adoption. Minimum initiators for an ESD are a manual trip or auto trip on power fail, with optional initiators including fire detection, tank overfill, loss of containment and activation of loading arm release.

Trelleborg, alongside other suppliers, advised the OCIMF on the systems guidelines in the document. The Trelleborg ESL system features an industry standard 5-pin twist connector along with intrinsically safe circuitry, suitable for hazardous area applications, ensuring galvanic isolation between ship and shore. A simple test function is also provided.

For more information about The Tanker Shipping & Trade Conference or to register your attendance, visit: http://www.tankershippingconference.com

 

 

TRELLEBORG TO EXHIBIT AT 8TH MOTORSHIP GAS FUELLED SHIPS CONFERENCE

By Richard Hepworth, President of Trelleborg’s marine systems operation

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation will showcase its Universal Safety Link (USL) technology at The 8th Motorship Gas Fuelled Ships Conference (13 – 15 November) onboard the Viking Mariella in Helsinki.

The conference offers a technical perspective on the innovation and investment driving the uptake of LNG, methanol and other low-flashpoint fuels in the commercial shipping sector. With a focus on knowledge sharing from a variety of projects, the conference examines the latest advances in vessel design and operation, propulsion, supply infrastructure and associated technology.

At the conference, Steve Ward, Technical Sales Manager of Trelleborg’s marine systems operation UK, will also take to the stage to provide an overview of the developments in Emergency Shutdown (ESD) and Ship-Shore Link (SSL) System technology over the last decade. He will discuss the need for standardisation and compatibility across markets.

The conference provides the ideal platform for us to connect with ship owners and operators, LNG carriers, shipbuilders, as well as port and terminal owners and operators in the region to discuss the importance of specifying compatible and proven technology and its role in ensuring the safe, efficient transportation and transfer of LNG as a fuel.

For more information about The Motorship Gas Fuelled Ships Conference, visit: http://www.motorship.com/gfsconference

 

 

TRELLEBORG RECEIVES HILTI ANCHOR DESIGN TRAINING

By Richard Hepworth, President of Trelleborg’s marine systems operation

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation recently became the first marine fender manufacturer globally to receive extensive anchor design software training from Hilti, after hosting the manufacturer of chemical anchor fasteners at its Engineering and Design Center of Excellence in Ahmedabad, India.

The training saw Hilti experts showcase how Trelleborg engineers can utilize their software to calculate the required resin length for anchors up to M39 in size. Other areas of in-depth analysis included the types of chemicals used in Hilti’s anchor fasteners, their bond strengths and how its fasteners are installed on concrete berthing structures.

Mission critical equipment such as fender systems need to be installed correctly, and anchors play a fundamental role in ensuring that they are, and that they can successfully provide a first line of defence for ports.

With a superior resin strength to its competitors, Hilti’s wide range of injectable mortars are widely regarded as the leading solution used at ports and terminals across the globe. Therefore, it is vital that when designing our anchors, our team ensure they are fully compatible with Hilti’s mortars. The training provided us with everything we need to know to do so.

To accommodate increasing vessel sizes with optimal performance and efficiency, many of Trelleborg’s fenders require anchors larger than M39 in size, beyond the remit of Hilti’s anchor design software. Therefore our engineers have established a proprietary tool to calculate the required resin length for such anchors.

Hilti’s training provided the ideal platform to validate the calculation tool that our team has developed internally, and with the help of their experts establish industry testing requirements for chemical anchors larger than M39, helping to eliminate the use of low quality chemical anchor fasteners across the globe.

Trelleborg’s Hilti training is part of a new initiative for engineers at our Engineering and Design Center of Excellence. The initiative provides practical exposure to those that primarily work in a software-based environment.

 

SAFEPILOT GUIDES FOURTH LARGEST CRUISE SHIP INTO NAPIER PORT

By Richard Hepworth, President of Trelleborg’s marine systems operation

Our SafePilot system was used to safely navigate MS Ovation of the Seas, the equal fourth largest cruise ship in operation in the world, in to dock at Napier Port on Hawke’s Bay in New Zealand. Napier is the North Island’s second largest export port by tonnage. It hosts around 50 cruise ship visits each year, but the Ovation of the Seas is the largest it’s ever received, overtaking the 138,194 tonne MS Voyager of the Seas, which first visited in 2014.

Ovation of the Seas is a cruise ship operated by Royal Caribbean International (RCI). The third ship in the Quantum class, it is the second largest class of passenger ship behind RCI’s Oasis class ships. At 348m long, 18 decks high, weighing 168,666 tonnes, with capacity for 6,500 people, the vessel is the equal fourth-largest cruise ship in the world.

The Port is a long-term customer of Trelleborg, who has supplied the port for 15 years. The SafePilot CAT III unit is designed for robustness, accuracy and reliability. It is engineered to meet the needs of the most demanding piloting applications which require accuracy to the centimetre as well as heave, pitch and roll monitoring.

I’ll leave you with a few comments from Ruslan Mitlash, one of the two Napier Port pilots that used Trelleborg’s CAT III SafePilot solution to bring this large ship into the relatively small port, and Napier Port’s Port Services Manager Bruce Lochhead.

Ruslan said: “There was no room for error when berthing the Ovation of the Seas at Napier Port, so accurate information on speed, rate of turn (ROT), and clearing distances was vital. SafePilot was an integral part of the operation right from the planning stage, and the real-time information it provided was critical to the safety and success of the manoeuvre.

“We find SafePilot very user-friendly, and being able to use it with a tablet makes it a convenient tool not just for pilots, but for the whole team on the bridge.”

Bruce said: “It was a great experience seeing Ovation of the Seas come into port, as the weather conditions the night before had us thinking twice about whether she would be able to berth. We’re very proud that Ovation’s call went so smoothly – it was a real testament to the skill of our pilots, the calibre of their equipment, and the efforts of the team here at Napier Port.”

You can watch a time-lapse of the arrival here.

TALKING SMARTER APPROACHES TO PORT INFRASTRUCTURE AT MENA CONFERENCE

By Richard Hepworth, President, Trelleborg’s marine systems operation

The Port of Duqm is to become fully operational by 2019. The Port of Sohar is set for expansion in 2018 as per its 2040 master plan to become a major logistics hub. The Suez Canal Zone is prepared for development with new infrastructure to connect the east and west of the Nile by 2018. These examples provide just a snapshot of port authority and operator activity across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), as they continue to expand and upgrade their infrastructure to remain competitive, with a focus on optimization and innovation.

I joined industry professionals from The Dubai Maritime City Authority, The General Authority for the Suez Canal Economic Zone, The Hamburg Port Authority and more at The Port Development MENA Conference (26-28 Sept, Dubai) to discuss key challenges and debate best practice methodologies for securing, constructing and operating port infrastructure in the MENA region.

Tino Klemm, CFO of The Hamburg Port Authority discussed the inevitable major impact of The Internet of things (IoT) on the marine industry. I too discussed change, in particular disruption which has been a key area of focus for us over the last year or so. Our industry is notoriously conservative in embracing new trends and processes, but change is coming, and quickly.

This disruption, this radical shaking-up of the shipping, logistics and wider maritime business-model is already underway. I talked about ‘hypercollaboration’ – built on the idea that different stakeholders have different strengths – making partnerships throughout the supply chain and across industries not only profitable but necessary to survival, an idea that Jesse Damsky, Commercial Director at The Port of Salalah alluded to at the conference. From Amazon to Maersk and Alibaba, I’m sure we can all think of examples of tie-ups and collaborations where non-traditional players, those that understand data and smart technologies, are already transforming our sector.

So, for suppliers, it’s about acting now and taking advantage of new technology to provide ports and terminals with new ways to enhance operational efficiency.

When talking about changing business-models and increasing, technology-driven collaboration, we must also talk about standards. By that I mean common standards, the ability of different products and services to connect and talk to each other to really support improved operations. This really is critical. Smarter infrastructure needs open architecture.

If we are to facilitate hyper-collaboration and adopt smart technology on a widespread basis then ultimately a common, standardized communication platform is required. As vessels, ports and hinterland transport become part of a connected eco-system, a ‘shipping OS’ is needed – a common platform with shared standards, where data access supersedes data ownership.

Trelleborg occupies a unique position at the interface between ship and port. We are helping ships enter and leave port in the safest, most efficient way possible and for us this involves developing products and services to collaborate with third party systems and third party assets. In this way, we’re committed to ensuring port and terminal operations can connect effectively, obtaining the most complete overview of real-time data to operate in the most efficient way.

In short: change is smart; smart is now; and open and smart is best.

TRELLEBORG TO LEAD ASTM INTERNATIONAL TASK GROUP FOR NEW LIQUIFIED GAS SSL STANDARD

By Richard Hepworth, President, Trelleborg’s marine systems operation

Linked ship-shore Emergency Shut-Down (ESD) systems have been a recognized safety feature of traditional LNG carrier transfer operations for many years. However, provisions of linked ESD systems in the emerging trades of LNG FSRU and LNG bunkering, as well as the non-methane gas distribution between ships and terminals, are being hampered by the lack of an accepted industry standard for equipment, to achieve the required connection.

To that end, I am delighted to reveal that Technical Director, Andrew Stafford has been appointed as Task Group Leader of the ASTM International Standard for Liquefied Gas Ship Shore Links’ (SSL) standardization group.

Andrew and the team that will be built for the Task Group will look to develop an industry-wide standard, covering the minimum requirements for the safe transfer of liquefied gasses using SSLs. Ultimately providing recommendations for how we can take welcome steps forward in evolving the inter-connection of ESD systems for universal adoption.

ASTM International is a globally recognized leader in the development and delivery of voluntary consensus standards. Today, over 12,000 ASTM International standards are used around the world to improve product quality, enhance health and safety, strengthen market access and trade, and build consumer confidence.

Trelleborg has supplied SSL systems since 1996 and is the leading supplier globally, having received contracts for over 650 systems. The company’s extensive knowledge and experience led to the development of Trelleborg’s SMART SSL system. This system can be supplied as a stand-alone one for existing tonnage or for integration with other key safety and monitoring systems. It provides a significant improvement over previous operator interfaces and simplifies control and set-up.

Trelleborg’s SSL falls within the company’s SmartPort portfolio. SmartPort is Trelleborg’s answer to the need for a standardized way to collect and store data. It is a technology platform that connects port operations, allowing users to analyze asset performance and apply data insights, to improve day-to-day decision making.

For more information about Trelleborg’s SMART SSL system, visit: http://ow.ly/QHC330foLgy

 

TRELLEBORG HOSTS NOBRA FOR SAFEPILOT TRAINING

By Tommy Mikkelsen, Managing Director of Trelleborg Marine Systems Denmark

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation in Denmark recently hosted representatives from The New Orleans Baton Rouge Steamship Pilots Association (NOBRA) for its inaugural SafePilot ‘Train the Trainer’ Program. NOBRA is the official maritime pilot group for the Mississippi River between the ports of New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

Held September 18 to 22, the training program is designed to provide attendees with the knowledge and expertise required to train their colleagues on how SafePilot’s state-of-the-art software and smart technology helps pilots and ports optimize safety and efficiency in their day-to-day operations.

Piloting requires the safest, most efficient and reliable technology. It demands exceptional performance, ease of operation and high position accuracy to facilitate optimum approach, berthing and departure. SafePilot provides exactly this but it is vital to use it correctly for optimum performance. Our ‘Train the Trainer’ Program ensures pilots from across the globe know how to use and train others to use SafePilot, to ensure the safe arrival and departure of even the world’s largest ships through the most challenging waterways.

In addition to four representatives from NOBRA, attendees included two representatives from The Maritime Pilots Institute (MPI), a Louisiana-based non-profit training and research facility that provides manned model and simulator training to the majority of pilot groups in the USA as well as Central and South America. There was also one representative from NOBRA’s dispatch and billing system vendor, Coe Solutions.

Here are a few kind words from Captain Steve Wall, Board of Director of NOBRA Pilots, following the program:

”Thank you for an informative, productive, and fun week. The training was detailed, the discussion was lively, and all of our questions were answered in full. I arrived with many questions and one-by-one your entire staff listened, researched where necessary, and answered every question.  In the South, we pride ourselves on our hospitality and I can speak for all seven of us when I say, thank you for taking such good care of us.  The combined efforts of your representatives, from all departments, was very helpful.  We can now associate a name with a face and I expect that to pay dividends going forward as we begin to use SafePilot.”

The SafePilot iOS-based software was developed in collaboration with marine pilots worldwide. Known for its intuitive ease of use, the SafePilot Software offers optional software modules that can be selected according to operational pilotage requirements. Benefits include improved accuracy, as data is filtered to only display what is relevant during each operational phase, eliminating the risk of information overload and enhanced safety through an improved situational overview and accurate, real time data.

Trelleborg’s SafePilot falls under the company’s SmartPort portfolio. SmartPort is Trelleborg’s answer to the need for a standardized way to collect and store data. It’s a technology platform that connects port operations, allowing users to analyze asset performance and apply data insights, to improve day-to-day decision making.

To find out more about Trelleborg SafePilot, explore the interactive brochure: http://ow.ly/2PXc30cCauL

 

 

 

TRELLEBORG LAUNCHES AUTOMOOR FOR SMART, ROPE FREE MOORING

By Richard Hepworth, President, Trelleborg’s marine systems operation

Docking and mooring can play a critical role in increasing throughput of an individual berth and overall port facility. No matter the application, ports and terminals worldwide are under pressure to increase throughput. However, trying to do so at the same time as dealing with increasing vessel sizes can be difficult. Optimizing operational windows is an effective route to improving efficiency and one that AutoMoor enables by reducing the time taken to moor vessels.

AutoMoor is a rope-free, automated mooring system that uses smart technologies to enable a faster berthing process and improve safety levels within the port environment. Using vacuum technology to rapidly attach to and secure a vessel at berth, it reduces vessel motions, and continuously monitors all mooring loads acting on the vessel at berth, providing live data to the operator to optimize day-to-day port and terminal operations. It also minimizes personnel involvement to reduce human error and improve safety.

With mooring units that provide real time data to monitor vessel mooring loads, Trelleborg is offering the automated technology needed to compete effectively in today’s complex, global landscape.

Automated mooring technologies minimize downtime by reducing the effects passing ships have on moored vessels. When using mooring lines, operators may need to interrupt operations, costing time and money in delayed product transfer. Using an automated mooring system to dampen vessel motions and extend the range of conditions in which efficient transfer can take place can have huge implications for efficiency.

AutoMoor is also intended to help ports and terminals become more environmentally efficient, because vessels can be secured in under a minute and released in 30 seconds. This reduces vessel idling time and reduces the time tug boats are required alongside the vessel until the mooring operation is complete, cutting emissions overall.

Trelleborg’s AutoMoor solution falls under the operation’s SmartPort portfolio. SmartPort is Trelleborg’s answer to the need for a standardized way to collect and store data in marine applications. It’s a technology platform that connects port operations, allowing users to analyze asset performance and apply data insights, to improve day-to-day decision making.

The most important aspect of SmartPort is the open API structure which enables collaboration with third party systems and third party assets. Historically, Trelleborg has supplied many products for the port environment, from fenders to mooring equipment to ship performance monitoring to navigation and piloting systems: each of which can have their own sensors fitted. By adopting SmartPort architecture, all of these systems and more can be brought under one cloud based system.

To find out more about AutoMoor, download the brochure and discover the smarter approach to docking and mooring: http://ow.ly/ARF330fiAaa

 

LOOKING FORWARD TO THE ANNUAL PORT DEVELOPMENT MENA FORUM

By Richard Hepworth, President, Trelleborg’s marine systems operation

I’m pleased to announce that we are sponsoring the fourth Annual Port Development Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Forum at the end of September in Dubai, UAE.

The Forum discusses how the MENA region can keep up with disruptive new technologies to maintain its status as a maritime power.

I will also be presenting at the conference on the topic of digital and data-driven technologies and our SmartPort offering, as part of a session about successful port digitization, automation and security.

My presentation is entitled ‘A Smarter Approach to port infrastructure and communication’, and will discuss the need for greater collaboration between stakeholders, examine the changing role of equipment suppliers, discuss the storage, analysis and sharing of data through standardized, open systems and go on to explain how we are responding to these evolving market needs with SmartPort.

Other speakers include representatives from the Dubai Maritime City Authority, SOHAR Port and Freezone, Hamburg Port Authority and the General Authority for Suez Canal Economic Zone.

They will discuss the biggest challenges to the region and debate best-practice methodologies for securing, constructing and operating port infrastructure in the Middle East and North Africa. I’m very much looking forward to hearing what the other speakers have to say, and having some constructive conversations about the future of port development in our region.

The fourth Annual Port Development MENA Forum will take place from 26-28 September at the Dusit Thani Dubai.