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Monthly Archives: April 2015


I am delighted to announce that we have recently received the patent for our ‘Slide in, Slide out’ or ‘SISO’ fender system, which is now in operation in Dampier, Western Australia, as well as at a number of other sites across the region.

Innovation at Trelleborg is always centred on the needs of our customers. For the marine operation, this means looking for ways to help ports operate more efficiently. We were able to develop the innovative new fender system completely in-house in response to a customer need to reduce customers’ maintenance time, downtime and save money over the long term.

By utilizing removable sliding panels we are able to significantly reduce the time taken to complete a fender wear pad change-out, increasing efficiency and improving port safety.

In the example of the site in Dampier, each fender module was hoisted into the correct orientation upon arrival and simply bolted onto the supporting dolphin headstock structure.  In removing the final assembly process offsite, we were able to significantly reduce both time and labour costs. In addition, the time taken to assemble each fender module to the dolphin structure was cut down too.

To reduce operational downtime further during the installation and retro-fitting, we supplied fully assembled fender modules, each comprising of a SISO frontal frame, SCN2000 super cone fender rubber and fender support panel, with operational chain systems connected and secured in place before shipping.

Unlike typical fender frame systems, in our latest system, the UHMWPE wear pads are bolted onto two stainless steel removable panels. These panels are then inserted into a guide rail on the front face of the fixed frontal frame.

The sliding panels can then be easily lifted out of the frontal frame and replacements reinserted when required within two hours, reducing downtime on the berth.

The original panels can then be transported onshore for maintenance and have their UHWMPE wear pads replaced, ready to be used as spares for the next fender wear pad change-out operation.

Our innovative system also reduces the safety risks associated with completing pad replacement from a workboat as all activities are undertaken from the berth.

To find out more about Trelleborg’s new SISO fender system, visit:



Here at Trelleborg, It’s important to us to have a constant dialogue with port owners, operators and consultants, to ensure that we’re always listening to the market and can pre-empt and meet new demands as they arise.

As such, we decided to host an exclusive, free to attend seminar featuring the themes of port infrastructure and innovation. The seminar was held on March 26th at the Grand Connaught Rooms, London, England.

The seminar provided valuable insight on design and selection best practice with the objective of improving efficiencies and optimizing performance. As well as the presentations given on the day, it was a great opportunity for us to get feedback from the attendees and find out more about the challenges that the market is facing to continue to inform our product development.

Our experts discussed topics from best practise in docking and mooring to rubber quality, buoyancy products, marine products, navigation aids and CE marking. The seminar also saw guest speaker, Peter Beamish, chairman of the BS6349-4 committee on fenders and moorings, take to the stage to discuss the scope and changes in the new code of general practices, and how these changes can affect mooring solutions on a global scale.

In all, I would like to say a huge thanks to all those that attended and for your extremely positive feedback. With that in mind, we thoroughly look forward to planning more in the future.


I am delighted to announce that we have now opened our brand new U.S. headquarters in Berryville, Virginia. To ensure we’re best placed to meet ever-growing customer demands in the region, the new site houses a 36,000 square foot manufacturing facility for foam-based marine fenders and buoys and a 9,000 square foot sales and business development office.

All employees from our previous site in Clear Brook, Virginia, have now made the move to operate from Berryville.