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Monthly Archives: October 2014

UNSCHEDULED DOWNTIME IS STILL HOLDING BACK THE PORT INDUSTRY

Our latest Barometer Report has revealed that unscheduled downtime is still a problem in the port industry.

We found that 74% of port owners and operators are still suffering unscheduled downtime. Fender damage was the most frequently cited cause, with 20% of owners and operators having suffered downtime due to damage to their systems.

The high incidence of fender damage and the subsequent downtime may be due to a lack of awareness on how to specify a truly quality system, something which really needs to be improved upon. 61% of the consultants and contractors we surveyed claim that their clients are concerned about upfront purchase costs, which could explain the poorly-performing solutions.

To me, the results of the survey suggest that fender system performance and quality is a serious issue. Two-thirds of port owners and operators say that they have upgraded their fender systems in the last five years – despite the fact that fender systems have an intended design life of 25 years.

The many upgrades which have taken place in recent years could be indicative of poor quality solutions which have to be constantly upgraded, with clients’ focus on cost-cutting a potential cause.

Levels of unscheduled downtime have decreased over time, which is a positive step, but any amount of downtime is costly in terms of lost revenue and damaged reputation. Concern about upfront costs is understandable, but in the long term, poor solutions can result in even bigger costs. Contractors and consultants should educate themselves on how to specify quality to steer clients away from cost-cutting upfront and towards investing in quality solutions that will perform well over a long design life.

To view the full results of the latest Barometer Report, visit the Trelleborg Marine Systems website.

TRELLEBORG DEMONSTRATES VALUE OF SMART SPECIFICATION

Demonstrating a commitment to quality and resisting the temptation to do business with low cost suppliers, Davao International Container Terminal, Inc. (DICT) located in Panabo City, Davao Del Norte, has purchased state-of-the-art Super Cone fenders and Tee Head bollards.

Berths 1 and 2 at the Breakbulk Terminal, which is located on the southeastern coast of the Philippines, are old concrete structures that required the installation of a superior fender system as part of upgrade works.

DICT had recently discovered that another port in Davao had upgraded their berth using low quality fender systems and they had cracked within just months of installation, with the frontal frames also beginning to corrode too. Extensive testing of the performance of the terminal’s previous fenders revealed that these were unable to guarantee the load bearing requirements of the reefer vessels currently visiting the terminal.

DICT quickly embarked on a project to replace its existing equipment with high quality, best-in-class solutions. We provided an end-to-end approach, through consultation on fendering, design along with engineering, manufacturing, testing, commissioning and installation works as well as after-sales and maintenance.

DICT turned to Trelleborg to supply 20 SCN900 fender systems to enable the berthing of vessels up to 30,000 DWT at Berths 1 and 2. As part of the terminal’s wider plans for expansion, DICT also opted for 22 SCN1100 E2.9 fender systems and 12 100T Tea Head bollards allowing for the berthing of the latest ultra-large container vessels up to 60,000 DWT at its newly constructed Berth 3.

The issue of quality in marine fenders is one that we have been discussing for some time. We have long called for more strategic specification for mission critical equipment and it’s great to see this is now translating across the market.

Like more and more customers, Davao International Container Terminal recognises the importance of quality. They realise that taking the strategic approach will mean savings over the life of the fender system and the berth as a whole, whilst reducing the risk of damage to both vessels and the terminal’s infrastructure itself.

I will leave you with a few words from Mr. Jesse G. Chiongson, Senior Vice President and General Manager of DICT, who said: “The performance of DICT’s previous fender systems significantly affected the operation of the terminal and ran the risk of harming its reputation as the leading port terminal in Mindanao. Therefore we had no hesitation in working closely with Trelleborg to define an ideal solution which would not only stand the test of time but guarantee the demanding load-bearing requirements of the vessels berthing at the terminal. Trelleborg’s unrivalled reputation and technical qualification meant the company was a natural choice to supply the project.”