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Monthly Archives: February 2012


By Richard Hepworth, Managing Director, Trelleborg Marine Systems.

The results of our latest Barometer Report show that the majority of the port owners, operators and consultants surveyed believe that having a safer port environment directly contributes to reducing costs.

Results also indicate, however, that very few port owners, operators and consultants actually expect future port investments to be made specifically in the area of safety, suggesting that integrated or full service fendering, docking and mooring equipment solutions are what the market is asking for.

With new developments taking place in this space, we are likely to see safety levels increasing and ports benefiting from increased operational efficiencies too.  The market is expecting more from port-side systems, so the need for truly bespoke, integrated solutions is coming to the fore.

Although integrated solutions should, of course, be tailored to the needs of the port first and foremost, considering the values that the wider market considered important is essential to meet the needs of both the port and its customers.

A safer port environment means fewer incidents, less downtime and ultimately, less avoidable expenditure: it really is in the best interests of all parties to approach specification in a holistic manner to ensure solutions are aligned, coherent and effectively integrated.

You can download our survey report here.


By Richard Hepworth, Managing Director, Trelleborg Marine Systems.

It’s quite an exciting time for us here at Trelleborg, as we’re expanding our business into a new area that we haven’t considered before – certainly an area that we’re not known for.  We’ve always been a leader in our field, and not one to shy away from a challenge – not only in developing innovative products, but services too.

That’s why we’re building on our strong heritage of design and manufacturing expertise by offering a brand new service.  As of now, we offer our range of pneumatic fenders to the rental market.

We know that ports and harbours operate under enough pressure already, so we’re aiming to ease budgetary pressure by giving customers the opportunity to allocate Opex spend rather than Capex to what can be significant investments; we hope that we’ll help to relieve the burden placed on port operators and owners.

Pneumatic fenders are ideal for semi-permanent operations; they’re fast and easy to deploy, and they require minimal maintenance. Developed and manufactured in our very own facility, they are supplied in a wide range of sizes and in standard or high-pressure versions. All our pneumatic fenders are ISO: 17357:2002 certified – and can be delivered to fit with tight lead times, just get in touch to see what we can do.

To find out more about our rental service, click here.