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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.

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