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Monthly Archives: July 2016

NEW TERMINAL AUTOMATION AUDIT: SET THE INDUSTRY BENCHMARK

We have recently launched a new survey which aims to assess the digital maturity of global ports. The Terminal Automation Audit is intended to determine how ‘future ready’ international facilities are, by examining how advanced the use of ‘smart’ technology and data is across the industry.

The results of the survey will set the benchmark for a new industry assessment tool and feed into a report on the state of play in the industry now, with predictions for the future.

The Terminal Automation Audit takes the form of two surveys: one for terminal and port stakeholders, and a second for ship owners, builders and shipping lines.

From terminal and port owners and operators, we want to understand the current uptake of automated technologies, ongoing optimization, data use and future planning.

From shipping stakeholders, we’re keen to learn how much importance is placed on digital technologies at marine facilities, and how much automation plays a role on board.

To have your say and set the industry benchmark, click here for vessels, or here for terminals.

 

TRELLEBORG TO SHOWCASE SMARTER APPROACH TO LNG AT SSM 2016

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation will showcase its SeaTechnikTM Universal Safety Link (USL) and the Integrated Ship-Shore Link (SSL) and Emergency Shut-Down system (ESDS) for the LNG industry at SMM 2016 International. The event will be held from 6 to 9 September at Hamburg Messe, Hamburg, Germany.

The USL 8810 is specifically designed to support the growing LNG marine fuel and small scale LNG market, while the innovative design of the Integrated SSL and ESDS provide significant installation cost reduction for ship builders. Both the Integrated SSL and ESDS also provide improved operator feedback and maintenance diagnostics for owners of large scale LNG carriers. Trelleborg has also designed an ESDS system to support the USL 8810 for small scale operations.

LNG operations require the safe, efficient and timely transfer of LNG from one tank to another. Trelleborg currently has SSL systems on 450 LNG carriers, 25 FSRUs, 100 LNG terminals and over 30 USL systems in the growing LNG marine fuel and small scale market. All supported by a global service team on a 24/7 basis.

With an unrivalled track record spanning decades of service to the port and harbor, marine, offshore and shipbuilding industries, Trelleborg is a world leader in the design and manufacture of advanced Marine Fenders, Oil & Gas Transfer systems, Docking & Mooring systems, as well as Navigation & Piloting solutions.

The entire range of Trelleborg SeaTechnikTM products is also back up by a global service team, ready to support customer operations 24/7. This unrivalled aftersales care means global support with local reach and knowledge.

With over 2,100 exhibitors from 67 countries and 50,000 visitors from 108 nations, SMM gathers representatives across the global shipbuilding and marine equipment industries every two years to discuss the latest innovative technologies in the maritime industry.

To find out more, visit Trelleborg at SSM 2016 on stand 502.

TRELLEBORG LAUNCHES NEW ISO17357-1:2014 COMPLIANT PNEUMATIC FENDER

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

Remaining true to its principle of innovation, Trelleborg’s marine systems operation has launched a new ISO17357-1:2014 compliant, high performance pneumatic fender designed to address the evolving needs of ports, terminals and offshore ship-to-ship transfer applications.

The new quality assured fender features a thinner, lighter body for easier transportation and handling, improved netting and hemispherical ends designed to offer superior functional performance and enhanced continuity of end fittings for optimum deflection capability.

In addition to improvements in the design of the fender, materials have been engineered to ensure a stronger overall performance. After detailed research into optimum tire cord reinforcement, we have re-evaluated our materials to enhance fender performance.

Unlike other manufacturers that use synthetic tire cords for only the body of the fender and chafer fabric at both hemispherical ends, we now use 100% synthetic tire cord for the construction of the entire fender. This directly enhances the fender’s operational ability because synthetic tire-cord has a higher tensile strength than chafer fabric. By incorporating the synthetic tire cord into the entire fender, the stability, longevity, and shape retention of the fender are all significantly enhanced.

Demonstrating our best practice approach to delivering superior products that incorporate optimum, high quality materials, our new pneumatic fender goes above and beyond the minimum requirements of the ISO 17357-1:2014 standard which recommends the use of synthetic tire-cords but does not make it mandatory.

Trelleborg not only meets but exceeds the demands of the ISO17357-1:2014 standard with quality assurance documents and test results shared in a comprehensive, fully-authenticated supporting document package. Proof data, inner and outer rubber material specifications and pressure test data are all included as standard for even greater peace of mind.

Many suppliers however utilize low cost, low quality, non-compliant materials and fail to perform stringent materials and product testing to the requirements of the ISO standard. For instance, for the external rubber layer composition of a fender which plays a major role in its longevity, many suppliers use rubber compounds which fail to comply with the new ISO requirement.

In addition, a large number of suppliers also turn to low cost recycled rubber-based compounds. Others use chafer fabric, a cheaper alternative to tire-cord. The chafer fabric is unable to provide Minimum Endurable Pressure (MEP) at 0% and 60% deflection, which is imperative for pneumatic fenders to work efficiently in harsh conditions.

Many suppliers also reduce the number of plies, or use a reinforcing layer made from a low-cost suboptimal combination of chafer fabric and tire cord as they lack the basic design concepts to produce high quality pneumatic fenders.

Specifiers should also be wary of inefficient, cost-reducing methods used by suppliers such as the use of a heating jacket instead of a mold during the curing process. It is also critical that specifiers are aware of manufacturers claiming to be supplying ISO17357-1:2014 compliant pneumatic fenders which are actually produced using the ‘airbag’ construction method. Products constructed in this manner, are not compliant with ISO17537-1 and will not guarantee the level or longevity of performance of a ‘true’ pneumatic fender.

To find out more about the new ISO17357-1:2014 compliant, high performance pneumatic fender, download the Product Application Briefing now: http://ow.ly/tncb301PFOc.