By Richard Hepworth, President, Trelleborg’s marine systems operation
Further strengthening our commitment to driving up standards for port and terminal equipment best practice design, manufacturing and testing, I am delighted to reveal that Trelleborg has joined the Port Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA).
PEMA represents the interests of those involved in the design, manufacture and supply of port equipment and technology across the globe. Building on our extensive history of collaborative work with industry bodies such as PIANC, Trelleborg has joined PEMA’s ‘Automation & Control Technologies’, ‘Equipment Design & Infrastructure’ and ‘Safety and Environment’ committees which seek to inform, educate and promote best practice, and influence future legislation, policy and standards.
At Trelleborg, disruption has been a key area of focus for us over the last year or so. Our industry is notoriously conservative in embracing new trends and processes, but change is coming, and quickly. This disruption, this radical shaking-up of the shipping, logistics and wider maritime business-model is already underway. We’ve long talked about ‘hyper-collaboration’ – built on the idea that different stakeholders have different strengths – making partnerships throughout the supply chain and across industries not only profitable but necessary to survival.
From Amazon to Maersk and Alibaba, there are many examples of tie-ups and collaborations where non-traditional players, those that understand data and smart technologies, are already transforming our sector. So, for suppliers like ourselves and our fellow PEMA members, it’s about acting now and taking advantage of new technology to provide ports and terminals with new ways to enhance operational efficiency. PEMA provides us with the ideal platform for us to share how both ourselves and others, are doing exactly that.
With the industry facing the challenges of globalization and increasing scale and utilization of vessels, port and terminal equipment suppliers must continuously look for ways to improve efficiencies. Shipping companies and port operators must look for smarter ways to deliver against these expectations. SmartPort by Trelleborg powers the critical interface between ship and port, on land and at sea. Building on Trelleborg’s history of engineering ingenuity and sector knowledge, with a keen eye on data capture and management, and technology-driven insight, SmartPort technologies can increase efficiencies, improve safety and ROI for ports and vessels alike.
SmartPort connects port operations, allowing operators to analyze performance and use data to improve decision making. The system integrates assets like fenders, mooring equipment, ship performance monitoring, and navigation systems, underpinned by cloud and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.
For more information about SmartPort by Trelleborg, visit: http://www.trelleborg.com/en/marine-systems/smartport