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Monthly Archives: March 2018


Following Australia’s rapid growth in trade, the need for port optimization and infrastructure development to support increased opportunities and drive regional growth is more urgent than ever. The 10th Annual Coast and Marine Structures Summit 2018 focused on how to optimize port operations, proactively plan to accommodate larger vessels, manage assets and maintain pace with the international market through planning, designing and managing port infrastructure.

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.

At this year’s Conference, Jason Whitehouse, Product Development Manager at Trelleborg’s marine systems operation, took to the stage to discuss SmartPort by Trelleborg, which realizes 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 by Trelleborg 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 optimized operations; improved safety, reduced costs, greater sustainability and increased revenue return.

Trelleborg recently launched a 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. To read the whitepaper, visit:


By Dave Pendleton, Managing Director of Trelleborg’s marine systems operation UK

It’s a matter of days until the much anticipated Container Terminal Automation Conference, organized by Port Technology.

At last year’s conference, collaboration came through very strongly as one of the buzzwords of the moment. We discussed the need for hyper-collaboration across the industry, reasoning that a more collaborative approach is the only way to enable the information sharing necessary to empower the revolution the marine industry is so overdue. This year, I’ll be taking part in the ‘Intelligent Supply Chain’ panel session on day one (14th March) of the two day event, to discuss how this revolution is starting to happen, and its effect on supply chains.

The conference brings together thought leaders in AI automation from across the shipping industry to discuss all stages of terminal automation, as well as the latest cutting-edge operations along the supply chain, and how new technologies can be leveraged.

I’m very much looking forward to attending, and I hope you’ll join me there.

To find out more about this year’s conference, visit: