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Monthly Archives: July 2014

PORTS CRYING OUT FOR EXTERNAL SUPPORT FOR EQUIPMENT SPECIFICATION

Our latest Barometer Report revealed that the majority (77%) of consultants and contractors don’t know the correct ratio of ingredients in a superior rubber compound for use in fenders.

To me, this suggests a huge gap in specification knowledge and product awareness, and that needs to be addressed. As we’ve talked about frequently in this blog, the performance and lifecycle of fenders vary dramatically based on the type of rubber used, and within that, the compound composition of the rubber.

And whilst many lacked awareness of the importance of compound formulation, what’s more, 50% of those surveyed don’t know if suppliers apply bespoke Velocity Factor (VF). 53% are also unaware if suppliers apply bespoke Temperature Factor (TF).

The application of VF and TF on a case by case basis is essential in determining fender performance and lifecycle. First introduced by PIANC, VF and TF should be applied to fenders depending on the compound composition of the rubber to accurately ascertain performance in the field, under varying compression times and temperatures.

Its no surprise then, that the study also revealed 86% of those surveyed would find it useful to have a system that can easily test suppliers’ compounds. The need is there, and it’s time for suppliers to react to it, evolving offerings to provide the required education and substantiation.

I’d like to get your thoughts on the matter. Do you feel that the level of knowledge within the industry is up to scratch when it comes to specification? Let us know in the comments section.

The full results of Trelleborg’s latest Barometer Report, which details a wide range of findings from the industry survey, is available now as a free download from: http://www.trelleborg.com/en/Marine-Systems/Resources/Downloads-2/

TRELLEBORG BECOMES PIANC PLATINUM PARTNER

Here at Trelleborg, we have a longstanding association with PIANC. Not only do we have a number of people involved in technical working groups, but we’ve also participated in and sponsored a number of world congress events. After being the Platinum AGA sponsor of the 33rd PIANC World Congress at the beginning of June, I am delighted to reveal that we have cemented our commitment to best practice by becoming a PIANC Platinum Partner. As a manufacturer of mission critical port equipment, its essential to us to share knowledge with the industry body that guides standards across the board.

With PIANC continuing to set best practice guidance for so many, and varied, issues pertinent to waterborne transport infrastructure, they felt it was important to have a supplier on board that could contribute across such a broad spectrum.

With our expertise extending from shore-based infrastructure, to oil and gas and LNG; we’re well placed to contribute to a number of areas PIANC work within.

This year’s Congress resolution, set forth by PIANC, will investigate ongoing and emerging trends, technologies and business models. With that said, we here at Trelleborg look forward to being involved in contributing to this important discussion going forward.

For more information about PIANC, visit: www.PIANC.org