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.