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Monthly Archives: April 2018

THE ABUPI FORUM!

By Mishra Kumar, Technical Director, Trelleborg’s marine systems operation

We recently attended the Asosiasi Badan Usaha Pelabuhan Indonesia (ABUPI) Forum in Indonesia, where I presented on the importance of fenders to the port operation.

There are a number of benefits to be gained through the correct specification, design, manufacture and testing of fender systems, which we have talked about in detail on this blog in the past. Benefits such as improved ROI through reduced maintenance, safer operations, less downtime.

ABUPI, or the Port Corporation Association, is a forum for Indonesian business-people and serves as the primary organization for corporations and individuals who work in ports. It was established with the objective of supporting and assisting government endeavors to improve economic development in the maritime sector.

The event – the ABUPI Forum – is intended to facilitate and share discussion around governmental policies, intended to enhance the operations and management of port and harbors. With other presentations coming from private port owners, discussion mainly centered on the issues that private port owners are facing in Indonesia while competing with government owned ports.

 

LOOKING AHEAD TO IMPA 2018

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

After London in 2012, Panama in 2014 and Seoul in 2016, the International Association of Maritime Pilots will hold its 24th Congress from 22nd – 27th April 2018 in Senegal. Attracting pilots and international maritime experts and professionals from across the globe, the 2018 IMPA Congress, held at the port of Dakar, will provide the platform for the discussion and exploration of key issues effecting maritime pilots, ports and harbors including best operational practices, personal safety, technical advances and innovation, and more.

At the Congress, we will be exhibiting our portfolio of advanced navigation and piloting solutions. On stand, we will showcase SafePilot, our new generation of navigation and piloting software, designed by a dedicated team of software programmers working closely together with worldwide maritime pilots. The result is the most professional and user friendly PPU (Portable Pilot Unit) software. A touch screen interface allows quick interaction to make piloting smoother. The instant zoom function and new intelligent chart structure improves response and decision-making times, giving pilots greater control and accuracy in maneuver.

SafePilot is part of SmartPort by Trelleborg, our answer to the need for a standardized way to collect and use 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 optimized operations; improved safety, reduced costs, greater sustainability and increased revenue return. Putting our customers’ needs at its center, SmartPort by Trelleborg is setting a true course for consistent commercial success, now and for the future.

To find out more, visit Trelleborg at the 2018 IMPA Congress in Hall A, stand 8.

 

TRELLEBORG SUPPORTS PIANC CONGRESS 2018

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

Collaboration is a word that is becoming increasingly associated with the marine industry. We know collaboration can take many forms and examples of new and exciting commercial partnerships have featured in this blog recently. But collaboration is also about sharing best practice and working together to create the best possible future for our industry. Certainly this is why here at Trelleborg we value the longstanding and important relationship we have with industry body, PIANC.

We place great importance on the role PIANC plays in the industry as a facilitator of shared best practice, knowledge and expertise between stakeholders and we are happy to show our continued commitment to, and support for, PIANC by being a headline sponsor of its World Congress in Panama City in May 2018.  This congress is an opportunity for the many different parts of our sector to come together and debate and learn about the innovations and developments that have emerged, and in some cases already been adopted, since the last event four years ago.

This year Trelleborg is again taking an active role in the congress. My colleagues will be delivering technical presentations on the subjects of future ports and piloting in Panama and the importance of authenticating marine fender performance, including explanation of a new, more accurate verification test.

I’d encourage those of you attending PIANC 2018 to come and visit Trelleborg on Stand 27, where you can try our new online fender selection tool which makes it simpler to specify the most appropriate fender for a particular application.

Finally, I hope to see some of you in person when I address the conference and talk about the themes of collaboration and automation in more detail.

For more details about PIANC’s 2018 Congress, visit the website.

GOING GREEN!

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

Sustainability is one of the key challenges facing the marine industry. Being able to implement environmentally-friendly business practices is not simply a tick box exercise, it is a commercial imperative. Organizations of all kinds within our diverse sector are looking to find new ways to improve the efficiency of operations to ensure assets are fully optimized and working in as sustainable a way as possible.

The Green Maritime Forum is an important event in the calendar as it brings together experts who are involved in researching and developing sustainable solutions and enables them to share their latest thinking and breakthroughs with industry stakeholders. Trelleborg is attending this year’s Hamburg-based event and the managing director of our Danish operations, Tommy Gulhammer-Mikkelsen will be giving a talk on the future of ports and piloting, looking in particular at how automation technologies are improving the interface between vessel and port to maximize operational efficiencies.

It is these technological advances that are the key drivers in developing more sustainable maritime solutions. Real-time data capture and analysis, such as that provided by SmartPort by Trelleborg, can significantly improve port and vessel throughput and turnaround which in turn has a positive impact on fuel efficiency. Similarly, we are currently developing an Adaptive Under Keel Clearance system (AKUC) for our customers which will provide real-time measurement and take into account constantly changing environmental factors to potentially enable ships to carry more cargo, save on dredging costs and increase safety.

More efficient operations should create more sustainable operations. Technology is the enabler that can better connect the various elements of the supply chain, establishing a connected eco-system based on common standards that allows traditional and new assets to communicate with each other easily and effectively.

If you are attending the Green Maritime Forum then I’d encourage you to go to Tommy’s session, or to find out more about Trelleborg’s sustainable solutions, visit the website.

TRELLEBORG MARINE SYSTEMS TO EXHIBIT AT SEA JAPAN 2018

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

We will be exhibiting our portfolio of advanced marine fender system solutions, docking and mooring equipment, oil and gas transfer technology and piloting solutions at Sea Japan 2018, to be held from 11 to 13 April at the Tokyo Big Sight Exhibition Center in Tokyo, Japan.

Attracting more than 19,000 visitors from across the globe, Sea Japan is the country’s largest and fastest growing international commercial marine show.  Sea Japan provides the ideal platform to showcase our comprehensive range of advanced, high performance solutions to one of Trelleborg’s key markets. Japan, being a highly quality-driven market, complements the Trelleborg ethos and our unwavering commitment to taking a smarter approach to port and terminal efficiency.

On stand, we will showcase SafePilot, our new generation of navigation & piloting software, designed by a dedicated team of software programmers working closely together with worldwide maritime pilots. The result is the most professional and user friendly PPU (Portable Pilot Unit) software. A touch screen interface allows quick interaction to make piloting smoother. The instant zoom function and new intelligent chart structure improves response and decision-making times, giving pilots greater control and accuracy in maneuver.

SafePilot is part of SmartPort, our answer to the need for a standardized way to collect and use 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 optimized operations; improved safety, reduced costs, greater sustainability and increased revenue return. Putting our customers’ needs at the center, SmartPort is setting the true course for consistent commercial success, now and for the future.

To find out more, visit Trelleborg at Sea Japan 2018 on booth number P-48.