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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.

 

TRELLEBORG SUPPLIES SMARTPORT SOLUTION TO SHELL’S PRELUDE FLNG

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

I’m delighted to reveal that we have supplied our SafePilot solution, Ship Shore Link (SSL), Electrical Shutdown Link (ESL) and radio ESD for tandem condensate offload to Shell’s Prelude FLNG facility, the largest offshore facility ever constructed. Prelude, which is a staggering 488 meters long, 74 meters wide, and made with more than 260,000 tons of steel, is designed to extract and liquefy natural gas from a site in North West Australia.

We’re proud to have supplied our gas transfer technology and SafePilot navigational and piloting systems to such a large-scale project. The products supplied fall under our SmartPort product range, representing the leading technology we use to enable real time communications and information sharing during vessel approach and transfer operations.

In support of Prelude’s process operations, we supplied our industry-leading SSL system for the transfer of LNG from the platform to visiting LNGCs. In addition, we also provided ESL, known more commonly as the SIGTTO link, for LPG transfer. A new radio ESD link, developed with Shell, was used in conjunction with floating hoses for the tandem transfer of natural gas condensate produced as part of the LNG production process.

We also supplied the navigational system to Prelude, designed to closely monitor the relative motion of the FLNG and the carrier during approach, and the sideways berthing/mooring phase as well as a tandem berthing/mooring phase. The motion and position data of the carrier were measured by the Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS) / Globalnaya Navigazionnaya Sputnikovaya Sistema (GLONASS) RTK based Portable Pilot Units (PPU) which was installed on the bridge wing of the gas LNGC.

The PPU is our “all in one” unit with built in roll and pitch sensors. The CAT III unit is quick and easy to set up, as it only contains two GPS antennas and the PPU switches on automatically the moment the antennas are pulled apart.

The position and motion data of the FLNG is measured by the Motion Reference Unit (MRU) and the DGPS / GLONASS RTK based base station on the FLNG. The base and up to five PPUs were linked via a dedicated UHF frequency.

The offshore operation required our precise approach, monitoring and mooring software for the offshore oil and gas industry. This was done by the SafePilot system, the pilot, master, tug operator and control room all having access to a real-time, accurate and independent picture of the relative positions and movement between the different objects and tankers in operation. Our offshore software allowed the ability to view all objects and shuttle tankers together, on a single display.

For more information on our SmartPort solution, including its SSLs and SafePilot solution, visit: http://ow.ly/qfnA30eKsQo

 

TRELLEBORG DISCUSSES ENHANCING MARITIME SAFETY AT PIANC VIETNAM SEMINAR

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

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation discussed the role of port and terminal equipment optimization in enhancing maritime safety at a two-day PIANC (Vietnam) seminar, held 14 July at Hotel Continental Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Co-organized by Trelleborg, Surbana Jurong and KASI Malaysia, the seminar discussed the latest in planning and design, marine risk assessment and vessel traffic management technology. This saw Trelleborg Regional Sales Manager (Marine Fenders, Asia) William Tan discuss the role of advanced marine fender systems in port, terminal and vessel safety.

Trelleborg Sales Director (Docking and Mooring, China and SEA) Ron Lee presented a case study on the Spirit of Tasmania II to emphasize the need for ports to adopt automated mooring to making mooring operations safer. Ron also discussed how port safety can be further enhanced by taking a holistic overview of operations, and the importance of implementing a complete port solution incorporating predictive environmental monitoring and an integrated Port System. Following the seminar (15 July), visitors also received a tour of the Saigon International Terminal Vietnam along the Cai Mep Thi Vai River, which uses Trelleborg Super Cone Fenders, SCK Cell Fenders and bollards.

To be invited to speak at the seminar is a real compliment, and testament to our industry expertise and reputation as a world leader in the design and manufacture of advanced navigation, piloting and port systems, and use of state-of-the-art software and smart technology to help pilots and ports optimize safety and efficiency in their day-to-day operations.

 

OPEN ARCHITECTURE IS KEY TO EFFECTIVE COLLABORATION

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

Partnerships between traditional shipping operators and technology companies continue to be announced on a regular basis, demonstrating that not only has our industry recognised that it must evolve to survive but that this wholesale change is well underway.  Most recently, the deal between Siemens and the Myanmar Mahar Hton Co Ltd (MMH) to equip Myanmar’s ports with cranes featuring Siemen’s technology indicates the importance of technology as a key feature in these collaborations.

Margins are tight throughout the supply chain, so finding new ways to improve productivity remains a priority. It’s easy to think we’ve heard it all before about using technology to deliver efficiency gains and to question whether it can really unlock further benefits. But it’s important not to become desensitised, the pace of technological change is so rapid and new solutions and application areas are emerging so quickly that new types of opportunities are continually created. At the same time, this can be a double-edged sword. Investing in a smart product or solution must be for the long-term if it is to truly optimise returns, therefore the ability to easily and openly update today’s technology solutions to benefit from further, and inevitable, innovation tomorrow must be planned for.

At Trelleborg, this was a fundamental part of our approach when developing SmartPort, a technology platform that connects port operations and allows users to analyse asset performance and apply data insights to improve day-to-day decision making and deliver productivity gains. For us it was important to create an open system that would help our industry achieve a standardized way to collect, store and thereby benefit from data in its myriad forms. This is why SmartPort is built around an API structure that enables collaboration with third party systems and third party assets, a step towards achieving a common platform for our industry. This openness allows customers to make more effective decisions through deeper, accurate insights across all operations, irrespective of supplier.

To be truly collaborative, technology solutions must have the ability to work across different aspects of the supply chain, whether that’s within ports and terminals, on board vessels or as they get into the landside logistics. Smart technology built around open system architecture will enable all data to be collected, stored and formatted in a common way, making it easier to analyse, identify and implement measures that enhance safety, efficiency and productivity. Now that’s true collaboration.

 

TALKING TECHNICALITIES: TRELLEBORG FENDER SEMINARS

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

I’m very pleased to announce Trelleborg is the platinum sponsor of PIANC Australia’s Technical Workshop on Fenders on June 15, 2017. My colleague, Mishra Kumar, our Global Technical Director will also present at the event, on the topic of ‘Ensuring Fender Performance through Physical and Material Testing Specification’.

We’ve long supported the work of PIANC and our contribution to the forthcoming technical seminar is just the latest in a long history of collaborative work. We look forward to joining peers from other leading companies at the event, to share our latest ideas and best practice.

We will also be hosting two of our own technical seminars in Australia, in Perth on the 12th June, and one in Brisbane on the 14th June. These seminars will see Trelleborg experts discuss rubber fender design, technology and testing, pneumatic fender design and application, as well as foam fender design and application.

We’re also the Platinum Sponsor of PIANC’s Annual General Assembly (AGA) in Cairns, Australia, which takes place from 17 – 20 June.

To register for either of the Trelleborg seminars, please visit: https://goo.gl/Zo21AK

For further details on PIANC Australia’s Technical Workshop on fenders, go to: http://aga2017.com.au/btv/

 

 

TRELLEBORG ATTENDS 2017 CMPA CONGRESS

By Tommy Mikkelsen, Managing Director of Trelleborg Marine Systems Denmark

Trelleborg has long been discussing the need for our conservative sector to embrace innovative, new technologies – and benefit from the positive change of doing so. In that spirit, we recently attended the 5th triennial Canadian Marine Pilots Association (CMPA) Congress in Montreal, Canada.

Innovation is often great – but there’s a common misconception that innovation is always great. At the Congress, I was delighted to be invited to speak, and I took the opportunity to discuss the importance of ensuring innovation is driven by the needs of those who will consume it, rather than being innovation for innovation’s sake. Often, being so keen to capitalize on the opportunity to engage with customers, or collect data on their behaviour, means that the primary objective of providing value is ignored.

Innovation at Trelleborg is always centred on the needs of our customers. We’re in constant dialogue with port owners, operators and consultants to ensure we’re in a position to pre-empt and meet new demands as they evolve.

Helping customers achieve a new level of performance, we’re aiming to meet the industry’s growing challenges of operational efficiency, sustainability improvement, greater control and financial returns.

Let us know what your challenges are in the comments section or by tweeting @marineinsights

 

TRELLEBORG FOCUSES ON OPTIMIZING PILOTING AND NAVIGATION IN US WORKSHOP

By Tommy Mikkelsen, Managing Director of Trelleborg’s marine systems operation in Denmark

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. With that in mind, we hosted a technical seminar and workshop designed to help marine pilots keep up-to-date with Smart technology to ensure the efficiency and safety of navigation and piloting operations. The seminar and workshop was held 4 – 5 May at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore, U.S.

The event saw myself discuss Trelleborg SmartPort, a technology platform that connects disparate port operations, providing holistic, real-time oversight which allows users to analyse the performance of assets and identify areas for optimization.

In addition, the President of the American Pilot Association, Captain Jorge Viso, also had his say on the evolution of piloting technology. Representatives from both the Association of Maryland Pilots and San Francisco Bar Pilots (SFBP) were also on hand to discuss Trelleborg SafePilot which uses state-of-the-art software and smart technology to help pilots and ports optimize safety and efficiency in their day-to-day operations.

SafePilot offers the latest in navigation & piloting and port systems. Developed in conjunction with working marine pilots from across the world, SafePilot offers the most up-to-date user-friendly PPU (Portable Pilot Unit) software available. Using touch screen technology to make it easy to operate, this intuitive PPU software consists of separate modules to meet different maritime operational needs, from docking and river through to lock.

 

COLLABORATION IS KING FOR THE HALO EFFECT

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

As part of our recent ‘Preparing for the Port of the Future’ Report, renowned futurist Gerd Leonhard highlighted the need for us an industry to get to grips with the fact that the future isn’t about doing one thing best, it’s about connecting to others that are leading in adjacent and relevant fields.

It’s in this spirit that we’ve forged a new strategic partnership with Teekay Marine Solutions which is part of Teekay, one of the world’s largest marine energy, transportation, storage and production companies.

Bringing together Trelleborg’s manufacturing capability and Teekay’s operations expertise, we’ve launched HALO Fenders, a new premium pneumatic fender offering. With stock in three strategic locations to ensure fast global delivery, there are 32 rental and service bases with a fleet of 400 fenders to ensure we can provide fast, local maintenance and repair.

Working with Teekay, we can provide a premium offering that enables operators to source, deploy and maintain pneumatic fenders safely and efficiently, with a reassuring service structure that ensures these high quality solutions are supported for the life of the project.

We’ve worked closely with Teekay to develop what we believe is an industry leading offer – and one that supports the needs of STS transfer as well as the wider marine market. I believe that HALO Fenders will offer unbeatable safety, reliability and responsiveness – enabling operators to guarantee efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

We’ll be launching HALO Fenders at Gastech in Tokyo (4-7 April), so if you’re attending come and see us on stand 16-320 in hall 2.

 

COUNTDOWN TO THE TERMINAL AUTOMATION AND TRAINING C-LEVEL NETWORKING CONFERENCE

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

It’s only a couple of weeks until we take part in the second Terminal Automation and Training Conference, organized by Port Technology. I’m proud to be sponsoring the conference for the second year running and really looking forward to some new discussions that are bound to be just as interesting and progressive as last year.

This year, I’ll be taking part in two of the panel sessions over the course of the two day event. The first is ‘Supply Chain Collaboration and Automation’ and the second, ‘Beyond moves per hour and terminals of the future’.

We’ve got a lot to say on both topics! Anyone that reads this blog will have noticed the focus we’ve given to terminal automation over the past few months. I’m looking forward to getting stuck into another debate on the principles and practicalities of better supply chain collaboration especially, and how automated technologies can facilitate and improve it. This topic was discussed by Futurist Gerd Leonhard in our recent report ‘Preparing for the Port of the Future’, and it’s a subject we’ve been giving a lot of thought to since.

The conference brings together thought leaders in automation and training from across the shipping industry. There will be discussion on all stages of terminal automation, as well as the implications on port staff training and the need for simulation to facilitate this.

I’m very much looking forward to attending again, and I hope you’ll join me there.

To find out more and secure your place at the conference, visit: www.porttechnology.org/conference