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Monthly Archives: May 2018


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

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation will showcase its Emergency Shutdown Link (ESL) technology for LPG, ethane, oil and chemical gas transfer operations at Posidonia 2018 (stand 3.419, 4 – 8 June) in Athens, Greece.

Posidonia not only serves as a bridge linking the international shipping industry with the Greek shipowners, who operate the largest fleet globally of over 4,000 vessels, the largest under the control of any national group, but also serves as the platform that brings international shipowners in touch with the latest developments in the shipping industry and offers them direct access to the entire range of shipping products and services available on the international shipping market.

The transfer of hazardous liquids in a marine environment necessitates the use of linked Emergency Shut Down (ESD) systems. The ESL offers a reliable link between the two interconnected ESD systems involved in the transfer, enabling rapid and controlled shutdown of the transfer operation in emergency situations.

At Posidonia, Trelleborg will also exhibit its Ship Performance Monitoring systems. Fuel is the single largest operational cost of running a vessel. Fuel costs are rising dramatically, and the key question occupying ship-owners, ship managers and charterers alike is; “In a competitive market how do we reduce the running costs of the vessels we operate while maintaining the level of service to our customer?”

For the last 25 years Trelleborg has been at the forefront of the development and implementation of Ship Performance Monitoring and Optimization systems. Using the latest technology available, computer-based systems have monitored and controlled the performance of complex vessels such as multi-engined Ro-Ro ferries up to LNGCs. The systems are modular in concept to enable all ship system configurations to be accommodated and for systems to be upgraded. Interfaces are used to link with all applicable on-board systems.

For more information about Posidonia 2018 or to register your attendance, visit:



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

A huge thanks to those of you that joined our technical presentations at PIANC’s World Congress in Panama City earlier this month. As ever, it was great to catch up with industry peers and debate the innovations and developments that have emerged in the last four years.

This year, my colleague Mishra Kumar, Technical Director – Marine Fenders, delivered a technical presentation that highlighted the fact that many fenders supplied to critical projects across the globe may not be fit for purpose thanks to the ease at which unscrupulous manufacturers can dupe fender performance testing results. Mishra discussed the need for improved guidelines to enable the independent authentication of fender performance and provided an overview of a new, more accurate verification test, as we at Trelleborg have long called for. Intriguingly, we know that PIANC has some rather exciting news in this area which will be revealed in due course.

My colleague Tommy Mikkelsen, Managing Director of our Danish Operations, also took to the stage to discuss how ports and vessel performance will be further shaped by data and smart technologies. He showcased current case studies and highlighted a number of new technical innovations that we’re evolving to support data-driven best practices.

On stand, visitors were able to try our newly updated online fender selection tool designed to allow specifiers to select and specify the most appropriate fender for their application. I am delighted to say that this proved a big hit with visiting consultants, engineers and designers, all keen to find out the extent to which they can make their jobs a little easier. So too did SafePilot, our flagship product within the navigation piloting category, as well as Automoor, our rope-free, automated mooring system.

It’s safe to say that The PIANC World Congress was undoubtedly a hugely enjoyable and insightful event for all that attended. A huge thank you to PIANC for organizing and of course those of you that came to see us on stand.  I look forward to the next one!



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

Trelleborg will exhibit its portfolio of cutting-edge docking and mooring systems at the 4th International LNG Congress (4– 5 June). From oil terminals operating in sub-zero temperatures, to LNG terminals in the tropics and everything in between, Trelleborg has the pedigree in all onshore and offshore applications to provide the right solution to optimize operations.

The fast growth and commoditization of the LNG market in different industry sectors especially in FSRU, floating solutions, small scale and bunkering has introduced new challenges to the critical process of docking and mooring. At the Congress, Hanni William, Sales and Marketing Manager at Trellborg’s marine systems operation in Melbourne, will take to the stage to discuss how failing to address these challenges at early design stages can leave the terminal / vessel owner or operator exposed to significant safety, legal and commercial risks which can be a very costly exercise.

To find out more about the LNG Congress, visit:



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

We are committed to customer-centric development of our products and services – and we’re also committed to digital innovation, as evidenced by our SmartPort platform.

This commitment to digital innovation goes beyond the work we’re doing on site in global ports and terminals, though. We know there are huge opportunities to increase efficiencies across the sector in desk based work too.

That’s why we’re pleased to announce we’ve just launched a series of updates to our online fender selection tool. The updated tool encompasses a number of enhanced features, designed to allow specifiers to select and specify the most appropriate fender for their application.

In addition to an existing vessel berthing Energy Calculator and Fender Selection Tool, the tool’s new capabilities include:

  • A Fender Specification Generator
  • A Bollard Specification Generator
  • A Fender System Selector for Ship-to-Ship Applications

The online tool allows users to ensure fender selection meets required berthing energy specifications and has been developed in accordance with PIANC guidelines and British Standards, to ensure best in class, compliant solutions. Users receive a number of fender system options, allowing them to further refine their inputs using different filters to arrive at the most appropriate solution.

To explore the tool, visit:–tool/fender–tools




By Scott Smith, President of Marine Technology at Trelleborg’s marine systems operation

Trelleborg has a longstanding association with PIANC. It’s a relationship we value highly. It’s essential to us to share knowledge with and support the industry body that guides standards across the board. We continue to place great importance on the role PIANC plays in the industry as a facilitator of shared best practice, knowledge and expertise between stakeholders.

This spirit of collaboration is critical to our industry’s success – and it will only become more so – and is something I recently talked about at PIANC’s recent Singapore Technical Conference (April 19).

Collaboration has evolved. Hypercollaboration is the order of the day: a more collaborative approach is the only way to enable the information sharing necessary to empower the revolution the marine industry needs. We have to act quickly and be aware that key to this will be collaboration between all stakeholders, acceptance of new technologies and deep customer understanding.

We can evolve by looking at what we as the marine sector already have that shipping does not. Asset data. Performance data. Data that will allow us to implement efficiencies that shipping companies, so far, would not be able to.

At Trelleborg, we are focusing a lot of effort on making use of the data we can collect, not just from our own traditional suite of products – but also from other third party assets, be that ships or other port equipment. To do this we are having to develop standards and protocols for collecting data and storing data.

We have a robust and versatile technology platform that can be tailored to overcome pain points such as berth congestion and weather limitations, to name a few, that a facility is facing. SmartPort by Trelleborg, 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 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.




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

As a world leader in the design and manufacture of advanced, high accuracy piloting and navigation solutions for offshore and pilotage applications, I am delighted to reveal that we will be exhibiting at the United Kingdom Maritime Pilots Association’s members only 130th Annual Conference, held at the Mercure Holland Hotel in Bristol on 23 May.

We’ll be exhibiting SafePilot, our flagship product within the category. This new generation of navigation and piloting software is designed by a dedicated team of software programmers working closely together with worldwide working 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 can also be connected to a server allowing for integration with other assets to generate more robust insights to inform port services. This facilitates greater pilot control and more accurate piloting & navigational manoeuvres.

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 disparate 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.

To find out more, visit Trelleborg at the 2018 UKMPA Conference.