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Monthly Archives: October 2017

SAFEPILOT GUIDES FOURTH LARGEST CRUISE SHIP INTO NAPIER PORT

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

Our SafePilot system was used to safely navigate MS Ovation of the Seas, the equal fourth largest cruise ship in operation in the world, in to dock at Napier Port on Hawke’s Bay in New Zealand. Napier is the North Island’s second largest export port by tonnage. It hosts around 50 cruise ship visits each year, but the Ovation of the Seas is the largest it’s ever received, overtaking the 138,194 tonne MS Voyager of the Seas, which first visited in 2014.

Ovation of the Seas is a cruise ship operated by Royal Caribbean International (RCI). The third ship in the Quantum class, it is the second largest class of passenger ship behind RCI’s Oasis class ships. At 348m long, 18 decks high, weighing 168,666 tonnes, with capacity for 6,500 people, the vessel is the equal fourth-largest cruise ship in the world.

The Port is a long-term customer of Trelleborg, who has supplied the port for 15 years. The SafePilot CAT III unit is designed for robustness, accuracy and reliability. It is engineered to meet the needs of the most demanding piloting applications which require accuracy to the centimetre as well as heave, pitch and roll monitoring.

I’ll leave you with a few comments from Ruslan Mitlash, one of the two Napier Port pilots that used Trelleborg’s CAT III SafePilot solution to bring this large ship into the relatively small port, and Napier Port’s Port Services Manager Bruce Lochhead.

Ruslan said: “There was no room for error when berthing the Ovation of the Seas at Napier Port, so accurate information on speed, rate of turn (ROT), and clearing distances was vital. SafePilot was an integral part of the operation right from the planning stage, and the real-time information it provided was critical to the safety and success of the manoeuvre.

“We find SafePilot very user-friendly, and being able to use it with a tablet makes it a convenient tool not just for pilots, but for the whole team on the bridge.”

Bruce said: “It was a great experience seeing Ovation of the Seas come into port, as the weather conditions the night before had us thinking twice about whether she would be able to berth. We’re very proud that Ovation’s call went so smoothly – it was a real testament to the skill of our pilots, the calibre of their equipment, and the efforts of the team here at Napier Port.”

You can watch a time-lapse of the arrival here.

TALKING SMARTER APPROACHES TO PORT INFRASTRUCTURE AT MENA CONFERENCE

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

The Port of Duqm is to become fully operational by 2019. The Port of Sohar is set for expansion in 2018 as per its 2040 master plan to become a major logistics hub. The Suez Canal Zone is prepared for development with new infrastructure to connect the east and west of the Nile by 2018. These examples provide just a snapshot of port authority and operator activity across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), as they continue to expand and upgrade their infrastructure to remain competitive, with a focus on optimization and innovation.

I joined industry professionals from The Dubai Maritime City Authority, The General Authority for the Suez Canal Economic Zone, The Hamburg Port Authority and more at The Port Development MENA Conference (26-28 Sept, Dubai) to discuss key challenges and debate best practice methodologies for securing, constructing and operating port infrastructure in the MENA region.

Tino Klemm, CFO of The Hamburg Port Authority discussed the inevitable major impact of The Internet of things (IoT) on the marine industry. I too discussed change, in particular disruption which has been a key area of focus for us over the last year or so. Our industry is notoriously conservative in embracing new trends and processes, but change is coming, and quickly.

This disruption, this radical shaking-up of the shipping, logistics and wider maritime business-model is already underway. I talked about ‘hypercollaboration’ – built on the idea that different stakeholders have different strengths – making partnerships throughout the supply chain and across industries not only profitable but necessary to survival, an idea that Jesse Damsky, Commercial Director at The Port of Salalah alluded to at the conference. From Amazon to Maersk and Alibaba, I’m sure we can all think of examples of tie-ups and collaborations where non-traditional players, those that understand data and smart technologies, are already transforming our sector.

So, for suppliers, it’s about acting now and taking advantage of new technology to provide ports and terminals with new ways to enhance operational efficiency.

When talking about changing business-models and increasing, technology-driven collaboration, we must also talk about standards. By that I mean common standards, the ability of different products and services to connect and talk to each other to really support improved operations. This really is critical. Smarter infrastructure needs open architecture.

If we are to facilitate hyper-collaboration and adopt smart technology on a widespread basis then ultimately a common, standardized communication platform is required. As vessels, ports and hinterland transport become part of a connected eco-system, a ‘shipping OS’ is needed – a common platform with shared standards, where data access supersedes data ownership.

Trelleborg occupies a unique position at the interface between ship and port. We are helping ships enter and leave port in the safest, most efficient way possible and for us this involves developing products and services to collaborate with third party systems and third party assets. In this way, we’re committed to ensuring port and terminal operations can connect effectively, obtaining the most complete overview of real-time data to operate in the most efficient way.

In short: change is smart; smart is now; and open and smart is best.

TRELLEBORG TO LEAD ASTM INTERNATIONAL TASK GROUP FOR NEW LIQUIFIED GAS SSL STANDARD

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

Linked ship-shore Emergency Shut-Down (ESD) systems have been a recognized safety feature of traditional LNG carrier transfer operations for many years. However, provisions of linked ESD systems in the emerging trades of LNG FSRU and LNG bunkering, as well as the non-methane gas distribution between ships and terminals, are being hampered by the lack of an accepted industry standard for equipment, to achieve the required connection.

To that end, I am delighted to reveal that Technical Director, Andrew Stafford has been appointed as Task Group Leader of the ASTM International Standard for Liquefied Gas Ship Shore Links’ (SSL) standardization group.

Andrew and the team that will be built for the Task Group will look to develop an industry-wide standard, covering the minimum requirements for the safe transfer of liquefied gasses using SSLs. Ultimately providing recommendations for how we can take welcome steps forward in evolving the inter-connection of ESD systems for universal adoption.

ASTM International is a globally recognized leader in the development and delivery of voluntary consensus standards. Today, over 12,000 ASTM International standards are used around the world to improve product quality, enhance health and safety, strengthen market access and trade, and build consumer confidence.

Trelleborg has supplied SSL systems since 1996 and is the leading supplier globally, having received contracts for over 650 systems. The company’s extensive knowledge and experience led to the development of Trelleborg’s SMART SSL system. This system can be supplied as a stand-alone one for existing tonnage or for integration with other key safety and monitoring systems. It provides a significant improvement over previous operator interfaces and simplifies control and set-up.

Trelleborg’s SSL falls within the company’s SmartPort portfolio. SmartPort is Trelleborg’s answer to the need for a standardized way to collect and store data. It is a technology platform that connects port operations, allowing users to analyze asset performance and apply data insights, to improve day-to-day decision making.

For more information about Trelleborg’s SMART SSL system, visit: http://ow.ly/QHC330foLgy

 

TRELLEBORG HOSTS NOBRA FOR SAFEPILOT TRAINING

By Tommy Mikkelsen, Managing Director of Trelleborg Marine Systems Denmark

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation in Denmark recently hosted representatives from The New Orleans Baton Rouge Steamship Pilots Association (NOBRA) for its inaugural SafePilot ‘Train the Trainer’ Program. NOBRA is the official maritime pilot group for the Mississippi River between the ports of New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

Held September 18 to 22, the training program is designed to provide attendees with the knowledge and expertise required to train their colleagues on how SafePilot’s state-of-the-art software and smart technology helps pilots and ports optimize safety and efficiency in their day-to-day operations.

Piloting requires the safest, most efficient and reliable technology. It demands exceptional performance, ease of operation and high position accuracy to facilitate optimum approach, berthing and departure. SafePilot provides exactly this but it is vital to use it correctly for optimum performance. Our ‘Train the Trainer’ Program ensures pilots from across the globe know how to use and train others to use SafePilot, to ensure the safe arrival and departure of even the world’s largest ships through the most challenging waterways.

In addition to four representatives from NOBRA, attendees included two representatives from The Maritime Pilots Institute (MPI), a Louisiana-based non-profit training and research facility that provides manned model and simulator training to the majority of pilot groups in the USA as well as Central and South America. There was also one representative from NOBRA’s dispatch and billing system vendor, Coe Solutions.

Here are a few kind words from Captain Steve Wall, Board of Director of NOBRA Pilots, following the program:

”Thank you for an informative, productive, and fun week. The training was detailed, the discussion was lively, and all of our questions were answered in full. I arrived with many questions and one-by-one your entire staff listened, researched where necessary, and answered every question.  In the South, we pride ourselves on our hospitality and I can speak for all seven of us when I say, thank you for taking such good care of us.  The combined efforts of your representatives, from all departments, was very helpful.  We can now associate a name with a face and I expect that to pay dividends going forward as we begin to use SafePilot.”

The SafePilot iOS-based software was developed in collaboration with marine pilots worldwide. Known for its intuitive ease of use, the SafePilot Software offers optional software modules that can be selected according to operational pilotage requirements. Benefits include improved accuracy, as data is filtered to only display what is relevant during each operational phase, eliminating the risk of information overload and enhanced safety through an improved situational overview and accurate, real time data.

Trelleborg’s SafePilot falls under the company’s SmartPort portfolio. SmartPort is Trelleborg’s answer to the need for a standardized way to collect and store data. It’s a technology platform that connects port operations, allowing users to analyze asset performance and apply data insights, to improve day-to-day decision making.

To find out more about Trelleborg SafePilot, explore the interactive brochure: http://ow.ly/2PXc30cCauL