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Monthly Archives: December 2014

EDUCATING THE SUPPLY CHAIN TO NAVIGATE THE OBSTACLES TO PORT PERFORMANCE

Following on from chapter two of our Port Performance Roundtable film, we are delighted to launch the third and final chapter – “An Educated Supply Chain”.

Chapter three, which is now live on the MarineInsights YouTube channel, takes fenders as a microcosm for wider port infrastructure, to explore whether port owners and operators are fully aware of the infrastructure implications of increasing vessel sizes. Simply put, there seems to be a huge lack of product awareness that needs to be addressed. But who is responsible for this education? Are suppliers culpable?

As we discuss in chapter three, it’s time for suppliers to accept responsibility for their products and make themselves available strategically and operationally, to provide the market with the education it requires.

With that said, suppliers need to extend their role beyond simply installation. They should provide comprehensive support over the entire product lifecycle helping port owners and operators to optimize their products and boost port performance.

Leading suppliers should also be in frequent dialogue with consultants to ensure specifications guarantee the highest standard of solutions available. They should also work closely with contractors during supply and installation, to ensure that the high standards set out by the specifications are met.

Ultimately, it is vital that suppliers meet the needs of their clients by offering support in the areas that customers need it most, be that maintenance, training or other operational requirements across the entire product lifecycle.

To view chapter three of the Port Performance Roundtable film, visit: http://ow.ly/FJdY7

To download the Barometer Report, visit: http://ow.ly/Ed95A

TRELLEBORG TAKES TO PREVENTION FIRST 2014 TO DISCUSS END-TO-END SERVICE OFFERING

October’s “Prevention First: An Onshore and Offshore Pollution Prevention Symposium & Technology Exhibition”, provided the ideal platform to discuss the importance of technical and aftersales support, and the service Trelleborg Marine Systems offers.

Here at Trelleborg, we offer a complete range of fendering, docking and mooring solutions, as well as a one-stop-shop for technical, operational and maintenance support.  Our most recent Barometer Report revealed a huge gap in the maintenance requirements of port owners and operators, and the support that suppliers are able to provide. So it was great to use the exhibition as a platform to connect with stakeholders to discuss where suppliers fall short and what more we can do to give them the support they need.

Ultimately, successful projects engage suppliers from the earliest possible stages, to get input and guidance on what will be the most appropriate solution on a case-by-case basis. That’s why we provide stakeholders with support from the earliest design stages to aftersales support. In particular, it was great to discuss our program for the North American market, and its development in accordance with OCIMF, SIGTTO and PIANC guidelines.

We also had a comprehensive team of sales and technical experts on stand to take visitors through the role Trelleborg played in the first phase of implementation of the Marine Oil Terminal Engineering and Maintenance Standards (MOTEMS). The standards apply to all existing and new marine oil terminals in California, and include criteria for inspection, structural analysis and design including mooring and berthing requirements.

The Prevention First exhibition is organised by the California State Lands Commission (CSLC), which sets the requirements for marine jetties throughout California.

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/Home/

 

 

 

PORT INDUSTRY HAMSTRUNG BY CONSERVATIVE APPROACH TO UPGRADING PORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Following on from chapter one of our Port Performance Roundtable film, we are delighted to launch chapter two – “Using the Right Technology”.

Chapter two, which is now live on the MarineInsights YouTube channel, explores whether there has been a shift in how port authorities and terminal operators are evaluating their infrastructure to keep up with the demands placed upon them.

The Barometer Report revealed that 40% of port owners and operators don’t think their existing port infrastructure is adequate to accommodate increasing vessel sizes. So what is preventing them from upgrading their infrastructure?

As we discuss in chapter two, it’s not so much a lack of technology that’s holding them back, but the wider industry’s conservative approach to the adoption of new technologies. Whilst technology continues to advance, providing another route for facilities to take to keep up with the demands placed upon them, the Barometer Report also revealed that 19% of port owners and operators admitted to not using any automated systems at their facility.

Automated systems improve accuracy in monitoring and management, improving efficiency and allowing quick decisions to be made through real-time access to key data.

Docking aid Systems improve safety as the vessel comes in to berth, with the data they provide allowing jetty operators, pilots and ship masters to make early corrections to manoeuvres, long before a potential incident occurs.

Facilities that are not using these automated tools jeopardise efficiency and safety, and run the risk of becoming antiquated – they certainly won’t be able to keep up with the new breed of terminal that is currently emerging.

The port landscape is evolving quickly, with increasing and diverse demand. Larger vessel sizes and more stringent environmental regulations mean facilities need to quickly upgrade their infrastructure now. Those that don’t will suffer in a bullish market, as new, modern terminals multiply and others quickly upgrade.

To view chapter two of the Port Performance Roundtable film, visit: http://ow.ly/F7ZxW

To download the Barometer Report, visit: http://ow.ly/Ed95A