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Monthly Archives: October 2015

TRELLEBORG TO HOST SEMINAR IN PARTNERSHIP WITH PIANC

By Richard Hepworth, President of Trelleborg’s marine operation

With PIANC continuing to set best practice guidance for so many, and varied, issues pertinent to waterborne transport infrastructure, we felt that it was only natural to further strengthen our longstanding association.

As such, we will host an exclusive one-day seminar in partnership with PIANC for port consultants. Held on 30th October at the Atlantic Imbizo Conference and Function Studio in Cape Town, South Africa, the free to attend seminar provides us with the ideal opportunity to develop a better understanding of the needs of consultants, so we can evolve our offering to meet them.

The seminar will see Trelleborg experts discuss a range of key industry issues, including the importance of rubber compound composition in the whole-life performance of fender systems and how consultants can determine the formulation of the fenders they procure. This will see our technical expert, Mishra Kumar, discuss mixing and compound modulus as an effective and robust measure of fender performance. The seminar will also provide valuable insight on rubber and foam marine fender design and selection best practice, as well as the latest docking and mooring innovations to improve efficiency and optimize performance.

For more information about the seminar, or if you’d like to register your attendance, contact Anu Bhaskar: anu.bhaskar@trelleborg.com

TRELLEBORG LAUNCHES ANNUAL BAROMETER REPORT

We are delighted to announce that we have launched our fifth annual Barometer Report, which calls on the views of 200 port owners, operators, consulting engineers and contractors.

This year’s report takes a look back over the last five years to see how attitudes to investment, maintenance and quality have changed over time.

In previous years, the Barometer Report has examined the issues helping and hindering port performance over a 12 month period. This year however, we decided to find out how attitudes to investment, maintenance and quality have changed over the last five years.

During this time, ports have had to batten down the hatches in the grips of the recession, and have largely made the most of the situation they were faced with. However, as this year’s report highlights, the mist is beginning to lift, with last year’s anticipated budget boost now materializing. So much so, the majority of port owners and operators have the opportunity to invest more strategically in smart technologies and supplier service in a bid to improve long-term product performance.

One cause for concern though, is that while levels of unscheduled downtime have decreased over time, unscheduled downtime caused by fender damage has increased significantly in the last 12 months. As such, port owners, operators, consultants and contractors need to ensure they are not replacing like-for-like out of habit – but investing in quality solutions that will perform well over a long design life.

As discussed within the latest Barometer Report, supplier expertise should guide procurement decisions, and technology should enable owners and operators to minimize maintenance requirements.

To download the Barometer Report 5, visit: http://ow.ly/TA6uR

TRELLEBORG COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF MARITIME INTERNATIONAL

By Richard Hepworth, President, Trelleborg’s marine systems operation

I’m delighted to report that today, we completed the acquisition of Maritime International, Inc., a U.S. based company which specializes in the design and manufacture of fender systems and a number of other quay wall accessories. Maritime International also has the capability to design and fabricate a wide range of steel structures for the marine market.

As well as the obvious similarities and synergies between our product portfolios, the two companies are very closely aligned in terms of values.  Both are committed to design and engineering excellence, with a particular focus on in-house expertise and customer support.

I’m looking forward to working closely with our new colleagues to share best practices and processes across both businesses, and continuing to deliver the highest quality products to our customers.

We recently opened our new American headquarters in Berryville, Virginia, and with our Houston office, the acquisition takes our sites in North America up to four, with Maritime’s head office and main manufacturing facility in Broussard, Louisiana, and a second quayside manufacturing facility in Port of Vermilion, Louisiana.

We’ve committed significant resource to the region in the past year, and the acquisition is just the latest step we’ve taken to allow us to better serve our customers here, as well as reinforcing Trelleborg’s leading position globally.

I’ll leave you with a few words from David LeBlanc, president at Maritime International.  I’ve spent a lot of time with David in the lead up to the announcement, and look forward to continuing to work with him to make sure the transition is as smooth as possible for both our employees and our customers.

“We’ve built a strong reputation in North America, and now boosted by the financial strength of Trelleborg, we look forward to continuing to provide the excellent products and services that customers from both legacy companies have come to expect.”

SEE YOU AT KORMARINE 2015!

By Richard Hepworth, President, Trelleborg’s marine systems operation

At the end of October, we will be exhibiting at Kormarine 2015, a leading marine trade exhibition which takes place at the BEXCO (Busan Exhibition & Convention Center), in Busan, Korea and covers international marine, shipbuilding, offshore and oil and gas industries.

At the event, we’re pleased to be demonstrating our new Integrated Ship Shore Link (SSL) and Emergency Shutdown System (ESDS) for the marine LNG industry.

Attracting around 40,000 visitors, Kormarine is the largest marine trade exhibition, covering both commercial and military shipbuilding.

Trelleborg Marine Systems has a major centrer in Busan supporting all of our Oil and Gas Transfer and Vessel Technology products. At the event, representatives from our Busan office, and from the wider business, will be on stand to meet attendees and discuss the latest developments in the Korean market, as well as our experiences in the LNG industry globally.

As well as the new integrated ESDS/SSL system we will also be showcasing our ship performance technology as well as our Worldwide Service capability.

To find out more, visit us at Kormarine 2015 on booth number 5K17, in Hall 5, from the 20 to 23 October. We look forward to meeting you there!