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Monthly Archives: June 2016

FENDER MAINTENANCE LACKING, LEADING TO DISPROPORTIONATE FAILURE RATES

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

Our fifth annual Barometer Report, which discusses the issues impacting ports and terminals around the globe, has revealed that over 60% of the port owners, operators, consultants and contractors surveyed have experienced unscheduled downtime due to fender damage. This is a huge increase compared to the last report in 2014, when only 20% cited it as a contributing factor.

At the same time, 25% of those surveyed expect fender systems to have a life expectancy of at least ten years. This is a reasonable expectation, but not when taking in to consideration that respondents are not placing enough importance on regular inspections and maintenance. This is because only 36% carry out maintenance annually, while over 60% of those surveyed said that they, or their clients only carried out inspections and maintenance every two to ten years, far below the recommended frequency of every 12 months.

It’s clear there’s still work to be done to ensure fender maintenance is given the importance it deserves. However, this is only half the story – before maintenance becomes an issue, fenders must be manufactured correctly, using the best design and the right materials and go through stringent testing to make absolutely sure these mission critical components protect port infrastructure over a long and demanding service life, minimizing maintenance requirements.

Fender systems can have very low failure rates and minimal inspection requirements. However, to do so they need to be specified correctly and manufactured using the right materials. For example, the modulus of the rubber compound – the relationship between stress and strain in a cured rubber sample – is one of the determining factor of a fender’s performance, and highly impacted by the dispersion of carbon black filler in the rubber. The level of dispersion, in turn, is dependent on the mixing process, the quality of which is determined by the machinery used in the production of the rubber compound.

After manufacture, fenders must be subjected to rigorous materials and full-scale testing. To ensure they consistently meet working demands and environmental conditions over their lifetime, they need to be maintained correctly. Given the lack of regular inspections and maintenance, it’s unsurprising that 50% of port owners are saying they have had to upgrade their fender systems within the last ten years.

To download the Barometer Report 5, visit: http://ow.ly/VmYR3

CORPORATE AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY FIRMLY ON THE AGENDA AT TRELLEBORG

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

Testament to the on-going commitment to continuous improvement of the Melbourne manufacturing facility of Trelleborg marine systems operation in Australia, the company’s Environmental Management System (EMS) has been re-certified by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) to AS/NZS ISO 14001 environment management standard.

The scope of the EMS certification, which has been maintained to  AS/NZS ISO 14001 since 2010, is applicable to the design, manufacture and commissioning of jetty-based and offshore mooring equipment, monitoring and control systems.

The re-certification of ISO 14001, demonstrates our long-standing commitment to our environmental obligations. Trelleborg’s marine systems operation’s facility in Melbourne, in particular, has made significant strides to advance the environmental impact of its operations in recent years, achieving some truly outstanding results – a huge congratulations to the tireless efforts of those involved.

 

TRELLEBORG SUPPORTS PIANC IN EVOLVING FENDER BEST PRACTICE

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

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation has committed to supporting PIANC as the industry body focuses efforts on evolving best practice guidance for fender systems, in an effort to drive up standards and improve safety across the industry.

Trelleborg is committed to assisting PIANC wherever possible and has been a PIANC Platinum Partner since 2014. The company recently increased its involvement with the PIANC Young Professionals Commission, in particular.

We have a longstanding association with PIANC and support the important work the organization does in setting guidance for ports and vessels alike. Recently however, we’ve really focused on backing the Young Professionals’ programs run by PIANC.

I see these as the most critical audience, since the young engineers being trained and supported now will go on to shape the future of our industry. With the world we are living in changing so rapidly, we must make sure they are well placed to evolve our industry and ensure we remain relevant within it.”

Trelleborg sponsored the 2nd PIANC YP-COM Asian Seminar in the Philippines, with our materials expert, Mishra Kumar, speaking on ‘New trends and the development of fenders’. Pablo Arecco, YP-Com Chairman also visited our facility in the Philippines with two young people from the PIANC’s Commission.

During PIANC’s Singapore Young Professional’s event the following week, Louis van Schel, Secretary-General at PIANC, and other young people from the commission were invited to Trelleborg’s marine systems office in Singapore and its fender manufacturing facility. Trelleborg and PIANC held extensive talks on the best way to approach potential updates to PIANC’s 2002 ‘Guidelines for the Design of Fender Systems’, in order to ensure falsified test certification is eliminated from the industry.

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TRELLEBORG TO SHOWCASE NAVIGATION BUOYS AT SEAWORK 2016 INTERNATIONAL

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation will showcase its innovative range of IALA compliant modular navigation buoys at Seawork 2016 International from the 14 to 16 June at Mayflower Park, Southampton, England.

Building on the strength of a long-standing foam elastomer and marine aluminium superstructure system, we boast a comprehensive range of polyethylene constructed navigation buoys, completing our portfolio of navigation and marker buoys to suit all environments.

With that in mind, Seawork provides the ideal platform to showcase our modular system, which provides an easily transported option to cut down turnaround time and enable fast installation, as they can be shipped in sections and assembled on site.

Manufactured from impact resistant, colour-fast, UV stable materials and comprising of sectional hull pieces filled with marine grade, water-resistant foam, Trelleborg’s range of IALA compliant modular navigation buoys are built around a hot dipped galvanised steel core. Available as standard in diameters ranging from 1.25 to 3.6 meters, Trelleborg will also manufacture precisely to specification where required.

We’ll also showcase our range of SeaGuard fenders which can be deployed floated or suspended, against a quay wall or for ship-to-ship operations. SeaGuard fenders suit all sites with small or large tidal changes. They also work just as well on new or old structures.

In addition, Trelleborg’s SeaGuard fenders combine a durable, non-marking finish with low maintenance. SeaGuard fenders will never sink or deflate. Even at the end of their first service life they can be returned to the factory for refurbishment before going back to work.

Trelleborg’s highly durable floating foam and pneumatic fenders are available for short-term or long-term rental. Readily available, they can be delivered and installed within days to any location across Europe and Asia Pacific.

As Europe’s largest commercial marine and workboat exhibition, Seawork International attracts over 7,500 industry professionals each year. Comprising an exhibition, conference and awards, Seawork International is regarded as the industry’s one-stop-shop, providing buyers, legislators and influencers with direct access to the commercial marine and workboat market, its products, its innovations and its people.

To find out more, visit Trelleborg at Seawork 2016 on booth number PY154.

TRELLEBORG SUPPORTS PIANC IN EVOLVING FENDER BEST PRACTICE

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation has committed to supporting PIANC as the industry body focuses efforts on evolving best practice guidance for fender systems, in an effort to drive up standards and improve safety across the industry.

Trelleborg is committed to assisting PIANC wherever possible and has been a PIANC Platinum Partner since 2014. The company recently increased its involvement with the PIANC Young Professionals Commission in particular.

We have a longstanding association with PIANC and support the important work the organization does in setting guidance for ports and vessels alike. Recently however, we’ve really focused on backing the Young Professionals’ programs run by PIANC.

I see these as the most critical audience, since the young engineers being trained and supported now will go on to shape the future of our industry. With the world we are living in changing so rapidly, we must make sure they are well placed to evolve our industry and ensure we remain relevant within it.”

Trelleborg sponsored the 2nd PIANC YP-COM Asian Seminar in the Philippines, with our materials expert, Mishra Kumar, speaking on ‘New trends and the development of fenders’. Pablo Arecco, YP-Com Chairman also visited our facility in the Philippines with two young people from the PIANC’s Commission.

During PIANC’s Singapore Young Professional’s event the following week, Louis van Schel, Secretary-General at PIANC, and other young people from the commission were invited to Trelleborg’s marine systems office in Singapore and its fender manufacturing facility. Trelleborg and PIANC held extensive talks on the best way to approach potential updates to PIANC’s 2002 ‘Guidelines for the Design of Fender Systems’, in order to ensure falsified test certification is eliminated from the industry.