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Monthly Archives: July 2018

A SMARTER APPROACH TO FOAM FENDERS FOR THE CRUISE INDUSTRY

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

With cruise ships continuing to grow in size to accommodate the 27.2 million passengers expected to cruise across the globe throughout 2018, it is vital that both terminals and berthing vessels are sufficiently protected. Trelleborg’s marine systems operation has launched a new brochure designed to help port and terminal owners and operators specify industry leading highly versatile foam fenders to meet the needs of the modern cruise terminal.

‘The Smarter Approach: Foam Fenders for the Cruise Industry’ details how Trelleborg’s foam fenders are an easy to use, low maintenance solution that provides many years of reliable service in cruise line operations. Easy to install, they offer a tough, heavy-duty fender solution for in-harbor, off-shore and ship-to-ship applications. Their resilient foam-filled construction provides an unsinkable fender body that permits high energy absorption with relatively low reaction force and hull pressures.

Modern cruise ships are larger than their historic counterparts and so carry more passengers and require a larger crew. In turn, this means more people are dependent on the safety and reliability of the port than ever before. And with the huge capacity of today’s vessels, comes the need for more efficient solutions port side, to accommodate and optimize intended economies of scale.

As a long term supplier and partner to the cruise industry, we’ve gathered our extensive engineering expertise and sector specific knowledge to create the new brochure which provides port and terminal owners and operators with the knowledge they need to achieve faster turnarounds, increased throughput, improve safety and lower operating costs for both their facilities and the vessels that visit them.

Trelleborg’s foam fenders share a construction technology centered on a closed cell polyethylene foam core and an outer skin of reinforced polyurethane elastomer, making punctures a thing of the past. After several years of active service, the fender can be returned to the factory, re-skinned and made ready for a new lease of life. Even if damaged, foam fenders still function until repairs or replacement are possible. To meet the needs of the modern cruise industry, Trelleborg’s foam fenders are available in a range of sizes and performance grades, as well as different colors.

To read the ‘Foam Fenders for the Cruise Industry’ brochure, visit: https://bit.ly/2Jw98Hu

 

 

THE EVOLUTION OF FENDER BEST PRACTICE

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

Ports need to have the confidence that their equipment is fit for purpose to fully protect terminals and berthing vessels, while keeping the port running safely and efficiently. Fenders are an essential part of this port infrastructure and as such their ability to perform reliably day-in, day-out is also essential.

However, not all fenders are made equal, and even those that appear to be made out of the same material, such as rubber, differ significantly in terms of performance. This is down to a number of factors and familiarization with these could mean the difference between a good investment and a bad one. As the economy has become increasingly global, it is more difficult to be fully confident in the performance and provenance of some products. Some unscrupulous suppliers are taking the opportunity to undercut reputable fender manufacturers. We have been working for years to prevent this. And now, I have some exciting news to share.

Since the establishment of PIANC’s 2002 Guidelines for the Design of Fender Systems there has been a number of evolutions in vessel design and industry applications, as well as advances in the design of fender systems themselves. As a result, Trelleborg has spent the last eight years relentlessly lobbying for updates to the guidelines with substantial investment in research highlighting the importance of understanding how ingredients for fenders are selected, how they are manufactured and how they are tested.

With that in mind, I am delighted to reveal that PIANC has announced the establishment of a new WG (MarCom Working Group 211), which will consult with a number of leading fender suppliers, including Trelleborg, with the objective of updating its 2002 guidelines – marking a significant step towards industry-wide fender best practice.

These changes will include updated guidance on the design, manufacture and testing of fender systems, including both the rubber element of the system and associated components. The group will also review guidelines for durability, maintenance and repair of fender systems and the implications of automated mooring systems on fender design. As such, we relish the discussion of our research into rubber compound composition, velocity and temperature Factors, manufacturing methods and testing.

It’s safe to say that we at Trelleborg look forward to working closely with PIANC and other leading manufacturers to ensure the new guidelines, when they become available, reflect the needs of a changing industry – one which is has a number of opportunities to thrive through the use of smart technologies.

Additionally, while PIANC is undoubtedly an important standard bearer for quality and performance, we’re pleased that the updated guidelines will seek to reiterate that PIANC has no mandate to nor intention of enforcing standards across the industry. Recognizing that this lack of enforcement has seen a number of suppliers misuse the term ‘PIANC certification’, with some even claiming ‘PIANC approval’ (which does not exist), the updated guidelines will see a stricter line on the use of its name.

We’ve long supported the work of PIANC and our contribution to the forthcoming update to PIANC’s guidelines is not only the latest in a long history of collaborative work, but a fitting reward for the near decade of our tireless efforts to driving up standards for fender best practice.

 

 

COLLABORATION IS KEY – TRELLEBORG HOSTS THCC SEMINARS

By Richard Hepworth, President, Trelleborg marine systems operation

Vessel sizes are becoming larger, competition is increasing and broader alliances between shipping lines are being established. These factors combine to put increased pressure on ports and terminals. Our industry is famously conservative, but change is coming quickly. There will be a need for more collaboration – as different stakeholders have different strengths. This will make partnerships throughout the supply chain and across industries critical.

After signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in 2017, strategically, this is what both we and Third Harbor Consultants Company (THCC) are doing. Collaborating. To further innovation and enable improvements for our ports and vessels. Recently, this saw Trelleborg host two technical seminars (20 & 21 June) in China with consultants and engineers from THCC and CCCC Water Transportation Consultants Company (WTCC).

The seminars provided consultants and engineers from THCC and WTCC with a comprehensive overview of SmartPort by Trelleborg, which powers the critical interface between ship and port, on land and at sea. SmartPort connects port operations, allowing operators to analyze performance and use data to increase efficiencies, improve safety and improve ROI for ports and vessels alike. The system integrates assets like fenders, mooring equipment, ship performance monitoring, and navigation systems through a network of sensors.

The seminars also provided insight on two solutions that fall under the SmartPort portfolio. The first being AutoMoor, Trelleborg’s rope-free, automated mooring system that uses smart technologies to enable faster berthing and improve safety levels within the port environment.

The second was Smart Fender, a marine fender load monitoring system that can be used to measure both the impact on fenders when a vessel berths, and the ongoing force applied as the vessel continues to bear against them whilst docked. When analyzed, the data obtained has the potential to be used in several ways: such as developing a deeper understanding of berthing dynamics, which in turn could assist with future fender and wharf design, and further, feed into the revision of safe and acceptable berthing operations and procedures.

Additionally, load data may be used to determine when maintenance is needed, or indeed, a replacement fender is required. In the event of an accident, or a fender failing, the data can be used to provide information as to why – providing valuable data for insurance claims and helping ports and shipping lines to avoid the costly downtime associated with disputes.

For more on SmartPort by Trelleborg, visit: http://www.trelleborg.com/en/marine-systems/smartport

SUITE OF SOLUTIONS SUPPLIED TO INDIA’S FIRST FSRU-BASED LNG TERMINAL

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

With India one of the fastest growing countries across the globe, its energy consumption continues to rise at a rapid rate. Therefore, the country’s need for clean, safe and affordable fuel has never been greater. Marking a significant milestone for the development of port-based industries and social infrastructure across India, the country’s first Floating Storage Re-gasification Unit (FSRU) based LNG terminal at JSW Infrastructure’s Jaigarh Port in Ratnagiri District, Maharashtra state, aims to deliver exactly that.

Therefore I am delighted to reveal that Trelleborg recently supplied the H-Energy owned terminal with a suite of products, which included our Quick Release Hook Units, Environmental Monitoring System, SmartDock Docking Aid System and Central Integrated Monitoring system.

Developed with industry leading engineering and safety standards, an annual capacity of 4 MMTPA, H-Energy’s LNG Terminal offers storage, re-gasification, re-loading, fuel bunkering and truck loading facilities to cater to the growing energy demand of Indian industries. When operational towards the end of 2018, the re-gasified LNG will be supplied to customers, through a 60-kilometer pipeline which will be connected to a national gas grid at Dabhol.

The project was managed by our experienced projects team in Melbourne, while engineers from our engineering and design center of excellence in Ahmedabad, India, carried out the inspection and commissioning of the mooring equipment and attended the successful berthing of the FSRU.

The supplied suite of products fall under our SmartPort portfolio. SmartPort is a technology platform that seeks to connect all aspects of port operations, allowing users to analyse asset performance and apply data insights, which helps to improve day-to-day decision making.

For more information on SmartPort by Trelleborg, visit: http://www.trelleborg.com/en/marine-systems