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Monthly Archives: February 2018


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

Anyone that reads this blog will have noticed the focus we’ve given to terminal automation over the past few months, especially the principles and practicalities of better supply chain collaboration, and how automated technologies can facilitate and improve it.

Organized by Port Technology, The Terminal Automation and Training C-Level Networking Conference brings together thought leaders in the automation and training sectors of the port industry. Therefore, it is the perfect place to discuss the stages of terminal automation, implications on port staff training and the need for simulation to facilitate this.

We see the conference as a key event in the marine calendar, and we’ve supported it since its inception in 2016. At last year’s conference we caught up with delegates to find out how the maritime sector is implementing automation and smart technologies, as well as the challenges facing ports and terminals as they transition to such technologies.

To get you in the mood for this year’s conference, watch the videos and hear expertise from key thought leaders on smart technology and the supply chain, the need for open communication, and effective transition strategies.

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By Mishra Kumar, Technical Director for Marine Fenders at Trelleborg’s marine systems operation

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation has launched a new whitepaper highlighting the impact of the manufacturing process on the performance, safety, and longevity of pneumatic fenders.

Titled ‘Pneumatic Fenders: Manufacturing Methods Matter’, the whitepaper explores the difference in fenders manufactured using the airbag manufacturing method without employing a mold, and fenders manufactured conventionally using a mold, to highlight the impact of the manufacturing process on fender quality.

Pneumatic fenders are extensively used for ship-to-ship transfers mid sea, double banking operations, and as vessel-to-berth at dock/jetties. Therefore it is vital that they are not only of high quality, but are extremely reliable, to guarantee effective performance in even the harshest environmental conditions.

Each and every pneumatic fender must comply with the ISO 17357-1:2014 standard to ensure they follow the correct manufacturing process. The major concern for the industry is that there is an influx of manufacturers employing airbag production methods resulting in fenders that don’t usually comply with all of the recommended manufacturing process guidelines or compound properties as specified under the ISO 17357-1:2014 standard.

By using the conventional method, whereby the entire fender is built inside a mold and vulcanized with it in an autoclave, a clear positive impact is seen on the appearance, dimensional stability and the bonding between layers, leading to a more reliable and long lasting fender.

To read the whitepaper, visit:



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

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation has launched a new whitepaper bringing together the latest news and thinking on big data in the maritime sector, highlighting how and where these technologies are being implemented and the key application areas that will deliver future operational efficiencies for ports and terminals.

Titled ‘The use of Big Data in the maritime industry’, the whitepaper explores how the maritime industry can better understand the opportunities that big data offers, both now and in the longer term.

Big data has the potential to transform our industry. Through application and insights, big data is creating new opportunities to drive innovation and deliver tangible operational efficiencies across the shipping world.

But the collection of information alone is not enough. It is the analysis of this data and the actionable insights it provides that will transform and increase the efficiency of day-to-day operations across the shipping industry in years to come.

This is a time of huge change for our industry. The advancement of automation, and the exponential rise in data it brings, mean disruption on a scale that ‘shipping’ has never seen before. Those that invest now in the architecture that empowers collaboration between smart assets, will be best equipped to face the future.

SmartPort realises the critical interface between ship and port,
on land and at sea. This gives Trelleborg a unique overview of the ‘vessel turnaround’ process, and data extraction points throughout it – both on board the vessel and in the port, and in the interface between the two. Trelleborg is seeking to educate the marine industry about the importance and potential of this interface.

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 for optimised operations; improved safety, reduced costs, greater sustainability and increased revenue return.

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

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation has upgraded its ISO 9001:2008 certification to the new International Quality Standard ISO 9001:2015, following verification from Lloyd’s Register. Demonstrating its dedication to operating efficient management processes, this revised quality standard will aid the company in the delivery and improvement of its services, to meet changing industry requirements.

The latest revision of the ISO 9001 standard focuses on performance, and supports continual practice improvements to ensure that company management systems are used as a structural tool for achieving continually high levels of quality. Certified companies have proved they are committed to demonstrating a framework for continuous improvement, and are assessed annually to ensure company progress is maintained.

Being accredited to ISO 9001:2015, prior to the September 2018 transition deadline – something only 20% of UK companies have achieved – is a significant achievement for us as a business and one that is testament to the efforts of our transition team. Our quality management system has been developed to the benefit of our customers, while ensuring the delivery of our products and services are of consistently high quality.