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Monthly Archives: September 2011

INCREASING BUDGETS PAVE THE WAY FOR A MORE EFFICIENT 2012

By Richard Hepworth, Managing Director, Trelleborg Marine Systems

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The results of our recent Barometer report indicate an encouraging increase in the capital and operational expenditure of ports over the next 12 months. It’s believed that this will mostly go into improving efficiency and increasing the capacity of port terminals – good news for port operators, contractors, consultants and suppliers alike (not least for ourselves).

Where this investment will be allocated and how best efficiencies can be achieved is the immediate issue but looking further down the line, the industry needs to become much more focused on whole life costs rather than short term savings. Because beyond the budget sheet a far more worrying outcome is emerging as a commoditised marketplace makes way for lower cost, lesser quality suppliers.

Indeed, 2012 may be looking brighter as spend is on the ‘up’ but let’s not put a downer on the forecast by forging partnerships with lower-cost suppliers and traders that are actively misusing PIANC accreditation. Port downtime and efficiencies go hand-in-hand with product quality and if the latter suffers so does the industry as a whole.

Hear my views on what sits at the heart of the biggest issues currently facing port decision makers and join our movement for better regulation and enforcement of product standards @MarineInsights on Twitter.

TESTING TIMES: DON'T COUNT THE COST OF SUPPLIER SHORTCUTS

By Mishra Kumar, Global Technical & Market Support Manager, Trelleborg Marine Systems

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As with all industries, some manufacturers follow acceptable practices, others don’t, so it probably comes as little surprise that online canadian pharmacy – despite the existence of PIANC fender design guidelines – the robust testing of rubber and steel is not routinely performed by all suppliers. While the short term cost savings may seem attractive, the longer term prospects of working with lesser quality products and materials presents a more problematic picture. Controlled testing in a laboratory environment is crucial to delivering consistent quality, higher performance and reliable cost effective solutions.

Here I outline our approach to ongoing research and development and call on the industry to collaboratively take a stance against outdated fender design guidelines.

HOW CAN THE INDUSTRY COUNTERACT UNSCHEDULED DOWNTIME?

By Scott Smith, Regional Director (Asia Pacific), Trelleborg Marine Systems

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One of the biggest issues in the market is keeping on top of downtime and maintenance – eight out of 10 ports suffer from unscheduled disruptions with almost half of these being ‘down’ for up to 10 per cent of the time. This was brought to our attention through a recent survey we conducted alongside Lloyds’ List with almost 400 port decision makers.

It revealed that budgets continue to be under pressure and maintenance appears to be suffering because of it. But it’s not all doom and gloom. Things are looking up as new technologies are being harnessed to help overcome issues with port safety and maintenance.

You can download our survey report in full from http://www.takesthepressureoff.com/barometer2 but if you’re short on time my colleagues and I have put together a series of short videos so you can digest the key findings in more bite-size chunks. Visit the Marine Insights YouTube channel or follow this link to watch at your leisure.

LAUNCH OF 2011 BAROMETER REPORT

By Richard Hepworth, managing director of Trelleborg Marine Systems

After the success of our first Barometer Report, and the debate it sparked, I am pleased to say that the second edition of the Trelleborg Marine Systems’ Barometer Report, in association with Lloyd’s List, is now available.

This year’s report has thrown out some motivating topics for industry discussion going forward and some interesting comparisons can be drawn between the results this year and last.

The 2011 report features the same topic areas as last year, with some new ground covered.  We have included a focus on industry guidelines, the role of PIANC, compliance and materials testing this year, and the results make for some interesting reading.  We have concentrated on product design, production and installation standards, whilst examining the levels of aftercare offered by manufacturers and trading companies.

Some good news from this year’s report: compared to last year, twice as many respondents are anticipating an increase in capital expenditure (up 25% on 2010).  This trend will stimulate a supply chain that is already thriving and on the whole, will benefit the market.

We need to work to convince specifiers that their increased purchasing power should be used to buy into quality products.  It is understandable that customers are looking for low cost procurement, however, we want to raise awareness of the need to consider wholelife costs when buying new products.

Although upfront costs might be lower, the products offered by low cost, non-manufacturing suppliers will not be tailored to the needs of the port, may not meet PIANC standards, and, due to the lack of technical and manufacturing capability, will not offer a high standard of maintenance and aftercare – all these factors combine to raise the cost of the product over its lifetime, and ultimately, cost the port facility more.

We still have work to do, but are confident that by working with PIANC and wider industry, we can ensure that the quality of manufacturers’ products will prevail in the market, making ports and harbours safer and ultimately, reducing the cost to the customers we supply.

Topic discussions:

What are your views on the growth of non-manufacturing companies supplying berthing and docking products?

Should PIANC take a stronger stance on the enforcement of their guidelines?

What would you like to see done to improve industry standards whilst PIANC’s 2002 guidelines are updated?