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!