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TRELLEBORG SUPPLIES SUITE OF SOLUTIONS TO WORLD’S FIRST FLOATING LNG SHIP-TO-SHORE SYSTEM

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

The recent successful test of the Universal Transfer System (UTS) conducted with Connect LNG and Gas Natural Fenosa is tangible evidence of the new applications that Trelleborg’s suite of products for jettyless LNG transfer can unlock in this challenging field.

The UTS transferred LNG from the Skangas-chartered LNG carrier Coral Energy to the onshore terminal at the Norwegian port of Herøya on October 7 and is now in full commercial operation. A ‘plug and play’ solution, the UTS requires no modifications to the LNG carrier – instead, the platform maneuvers offshore to meet a vessel, removing the need for costly and environmentally intensive dedicated small/medium-scale LNG vessel harbor and jetty structures.

The system consists of Trelleborg’s Cryoline LNG hoses, attached to a floating platform, which incorporates Trelleborg’s ship-shore link technology and a selection of our marine fender systems.

The UTS shows that LNG infrastructure doesn’t need to be bound by the same thinking that underpins transfer solutions for fossil-based energy. Instead, it demonstrates how new ideas are creating the foundations for safe, efficient and convenient infrastructure that can keep pace with the rapid evolution of the LNG market, both as a power source and marine fuel.

The UTS is an important forward thinking development. Our Universal Safety Link (USL) and the Sea Guard and Super Cone fenders are used in many LNG applications already. Integrating them into such an innovative solution as this will help ensure the safe, efficient transfer of LNG into markets and locations that would have previously been considered uneconomic. We are proud to be part of a project that promotes the expansion of the LNG value chain.

The UTS increases the operability of an LNG terminal, as the hose and platform can be retracted when not needed, or when harsh weather conditions would present hazards. The platform-based solution can either function as a standalone unit, or enhance a larger terminal’s ability to handle deliveries to and from a broader range of vessels. Trelleborg service engineers were present during the first commercial LNG transfer of 400m3, and will support further commissioning operations.

A range of Trelleborg technologies make this new model of LNG transfer possible. Cryoline is the first floating hose of its kind to receive the coveted EN1474-2 accreditation, using flexible rubber-bonded hose technology to minimize boil-off and withstand fatigue harsh environmental conditions. Extra safety is provided by an integrated monitoring system using fiber-optic technology.

We also supplied our industry-leading USL 8810 to monitor the LNG transfer process. A triple fiber optic, five pin SIGTTO and pneumatic system was supplied to ensure all round flexibility for the platform for any visiting vessel Our Sea Guard fenders were specified for use at the front of the UTS to absorb berthing impact against the larger LNG vessel prior to attachment to the vessel. While to reduce the impact of the tug vessels on the UTS, our Super Cone (SCN) fenders enable the tugs to safely push the UTS from shore into position for transfer operations.

I’ll leave you with a few comments from Magnus Eikens, Chief Commercial Officer of Connect LNG and José Miguel Moreno, Director at Gas Natural Fenosa:

Magnus commented: “Trelleborg’s expertise in fluid handling and LNG transfer has made it an invaluable partner in this project. The Cryoline LNG hose is an integral part of this solution, thanks to its durability, flexibility, and safety features. What’s more, its ship-shore link technology and marine fender expertise is vital in supporting UTS LNG transfer operations.”

“The innovation demonstrated by Trelleborg and Connect LNG has delivered a game-changing solution for the LNG industry. We now have a market-ready system that opens a world of possibilities in the LNG small and medium scale business thanks to this collaboration,” added Jose.

 

 

 

 

 

TRELLEBORG QINGDAO FACTORY RECEIVES IECEx CERTIFICATION

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

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation in Qingdao has received International Electrotechnical Commission Explosive (IECEx) certification for the manufacture of explosion-proof equipment. As a result, Trelleborg is able to completely manufacture and calibrate its Quick Release Hook (QRH) Load Cells in-house, ensuring complete control over manufacturing, calibration and quality processes.

While many QRH manufacturers outsource the machining of their Load Cells, we’ve long invested in our in-house facilities. Housing state-of-the-art CNC machines, gauging equipment and a calibration instrument, our Qingdao factory enables us to manufacture and calibrate Load Cells for our entire product range in-house, meaning we have full control over the design and quality of everything we produce – something no other QRH manufacturer is able to guarantee.

Trelleborg’s Load Cells, which are fitted within QRHs to measure mooring line load tension, have also received IECEx certification for use in oil and gas facilities with a local temperature range of -60 °C to +60 °C. This follows a significant redesign of the Load Cells, which saw the elimination of moisture entry points to extend life expectancy and the temperature range at which they can be successfully deployed.

While many QRH Load Cell manufacturers are IECEx certified, their Load Cells are only certified for operation in facilities with a local temperature range of -20 °C to +60 °C. As a result, Trelleborg’s extended temperature range means that it is globally the only QRH manufacturer capable of guaranteeing hazardous area safety for mooring applications in locations across countries such as Russia and Canada to name but two. In these countries it is not uncommon for temperatures to drop below -20 °C.

Installed since 1972 at facilities worldwide, Trelleborg’s QRHs enable mooring lines to be safely secured, quickly and easily released even when loaded to their safe working load limit. With sizes and configurations to suit all applications, their field proven features enhance safety, reliability, ease of use and ensure compliance to international standards.

To find out more out Trelleborg’s QRH, visit: http://ow.ly/mOhw30fwuaG

 

 

LNG SHIP-SHORE INTERFACE CONFERENCE A SUCCESS!

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

A huge thanks to those of you that joined us at The LNG World Shipping Ship/Shore Interface Conference in London earlier this month (16-17 November). As ever, it was great to catch up with stakeholders across the LNG transportation supply chain. With visitors in disciplines ranging from terminals to trucks, jetties to jettyless, floating to fixed, as well as ship to shore and ship to ship, the conference provided the ideal platform for us to learn about how the ship shore interface may evolve to the benefit of our customers.

Here’s a few shots our time at the conference:

Managing Director of Trelleborg’s marine systems operation in the UK Dave Pendleton delivers the welcoming address, referencing the importance of innovation and collaboration around the ship shore interface for LNG transfer.

Andrew Stafford, Technical Director of Trelleborg’s marine systems operation in the UK discusses how Trelleborg’s latest SmartPort enabled Gen 3 ship shore link provides complete flexibility for increasing variety of LNG markets and applications.

Andrew discusses the latest developments in the LNG bunker and mid-scale LNG market.

Dave has his say on the development of the FSRU market.

TRELLEBORG PARTNERS WITH CCCC THIRD HARBOR CONSULTANTS

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

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Third Harbor Consultants Company (THCC), one of China’s largest survey and design institutions in transportation and port engineering, and subsidiary of the state-owned China Communications Construction Company (CCCC). The MoU was confirmed during a signing ceremony at Hotel Wanda Reign on the Bund, Shanghai (November 6).

The joint collaboration will see the co-authoring of mooring and infrastructure design whitepapers and provides the potential for the co-development of new marine technologies to support the evolution of China’s ports and vessels. Across a number of its upgrade projects THCC will also trial AutoMoor, Trelleborg’s rope-free, automated mooring system that uses smart technologies to enable faster berthing and improve safety levels within the port environment. This will enable theoretical and empirical studies of mooring analysis versus actual site performance.

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.

Strategically, this is what both we and THCC are already doing. Collaborating. To further innovation and enable improvements for our ports and vessels. The Chinese market is incredibly important to Trelleborg. We look forward to working closely with THCC and learning more from them about where our product development should focus in order to best meet the needs of China’s world class ports as they continue to evolve.

Prior to the signing of the MoU, Trelleborg hosted a technical seminar in Shanghai (September 26) providing THCC consultants and engineers with a comprehensive overview of AutoMoor and its wider SmartPort portfolio. SmartPort is Trelleborg’s answer to the need for a standardized way to collect and store data. It is a technology platform that connects port operations, allowing users to analyze asset performance and apply data insights, to improve day-to-day decision making.

I’ll leave you with a few comments from Mr Shen Ming Da, Board Chairman of THCC:

“THCC is committed to the evolution of ports and terminals both domestically and internationally. Therefore the signing of the MoU with Trelleborg, which strives to facilitate port and terminal operational optimization, is a natural progression of our existing relationship. Bringing both organizations together allows us to capitalize on the best of both companies, to the benefit of facilities across China and beyond.”

For more information on Trelleborg’s SmartPort portfolio, including AutoMoor, visit: http://www.trelleborg.com/en/marine-systems

 

 

 

TRELLEBORG TO OPEN 2017 LNG SHIP-SHORE INTERFACE CONFERENCE

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

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation will deliver the welcoming address at The LNG World Shipping Ship/Shore Interface Conference, which will be held at the ILEC Conference Centre (stand 1) in London, England, 16-17 November 2017.

Organized by LNG World Shipping, The LNG Ship/Shore Interface Conference provides invaluable best practice insight to all stakeholders in the LNG transportation supply chain. This event will focus on the ship/shore interface, where LNG carrier and terminal operations link to load or discharge LNG and the most delicate point in the supply chain for cargo and custody transfer systems, berthing and escort tugs, mooring and jetty arrangements and cargo-handling equipment performance.

Delivered by Dave Pendleton, Managing Director of Trelleborg’s marine systems operation UK, the welcoming address will discuss the importance of innovation and collaboration around the ship shore interface for LNG transfer.  At the conference, Trelleborg will also provide an update on the latest developments in the mid-scale LNG market. Andrew Stafford, Technical Director of Trelleborg Marine Systems operation in UK will present how Trelleborg’s latest SmartPort enabled Gen 3 ship shore link has been designed to provide complete flexibility for increasing variety of LNG markets and applications. ’.

At 258MT last year was a record for LNG trade, and with more liquefaction and import capacity coming on line in the near future and over 800MT of proposed liquefaction projects in planning, innovation around the ship-shore interface will be a key enabler in supporting the growth, flexibility and diversification of the LNG market.

From terminals to trucks, jetties to jettyless, floating to fixed, ship to shore, ship to ship industry professionals from many different disciplines will share their views about how the ship shore interface may evolve to the benefit of our customers.

The safe, efficient transportation and transfer of LNG as a cargo has had an enviable safety record over its 40 year history. Over that period many different ideas have been brought forward which are now accepted industry practice and industry standards. The LNG Ship/Shore Interface Conference will provide the ideal platform to discuss our commitment to maintaining this record by helping ports, terminals and vessels take a smarter approach to interfaces between units in LNG transfer, which can have a huge impact on overall efficiency.

For more information about The LNG Ship/Shore Interface Conference or to register your attendance, visit: http://www.lngshippingconference.com

TRELLEBORG TO SHOWCASE EMERGENCY SHUTDOWN LINK TECHNOLOGY AT TANKER SHIPPING & TRADE 2017

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

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation will showcase its Emergency Shutdown Link (ESL) technology for the Oil and Chemical Tanker industry at The 2017 Tanker Shipping & Trade Conference (stand 1, 14 – 15 November) in London, UK.

The Tanker Shipping and Trade Conference and Awards is a two day event that covers the commercial, operational and technical issues impacting the crude, product and chemical tanker trades.

Linked ship/shore ESD systems have long been present in LNG and LPG transfer operations as a key safety feature. Similar safety issues also exist between ship and shore in the transfer of oil and chemicals, however there has been no industry standard that has been available to guide developments.

The ESL is designed to meet the Oil Companies International Marine Forum’s (OCIMF) recommendations for linked Ship/Shore Emergency Shutdown (ESD) Systems for oil and chemical tankers. Introduced in April 2017 and published in conjunction with the Chemical Distribution Institute, the guideline provides a welcome step in the evolution of safety and regulations in the oil and chemical transfer arena that we hope, in time, it will be included in project requirements. We look forward to discussing our compliant ESL at the conference and hearing the latest experiences and opinions of those across the market.

The recommendations suggest best practice for connections between ship and terminal ESD systems through the implementation of a linked ESD system, so that ESD activation by either the terminal or ship will stop cargo transfer operations. They specify an electrical umbilical incorporating 5-pin twist connectors, for universal adoption. Minimum initiators for an ESD are a manual trip or auto trip on power fail, with optional initiators including fire detection, tank overfill, loss of containment and activation of loading arm release.

Trelleborg, alongside other suppliers, advised the OCIMF on the systems guidelines in the document. The Trelleborg ESL system features an industry standard 5-pin twist connector along with intrinsically safe circuitry, suitable for hazardous area applications, ensuring galvanic isolation between ship and shore. A simple test function is also provided.

For more information about The Tanker Shipping & Trade Conference or to register your attendance, visit: http://www.tankershippingconference.com

 

 

TRELLEBORG TO EXHIBIT AT 8TH MOTORSHIP GAS FUELLED SHIPS CONFERENCE

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

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation will showcase its Universal Safety Link (USL) technology at The 8th Motorship Gas Fuelled Ships Conference (13 – 15 November) onboard the Viking Mariella in Helsinki.

The conference offers a technical perspective on the innovation and investment driving the uptake of LNG, methanol and other low-flashpoint fuels in the commercial shipping sector. With a focus on knowledge sharing from a variety of projects, the conference examines the latest advances in vessel design and operation, propulsion, supply infrastructure and associated technology.

At the conference, Steve Ward, Technical Sales Manager of Trelleborg’s marine systems operation UK, will also take to the stage to provide an overview of the developments in Emergency Shutdown (ESD) and Ship-Shore Link (SSL) System technology over the last decade. He will discuss the need for standardisation and compatibility across markets.

The conference provides the ideal platform for us to connect with ship owners and operators, LNG carriers, shipbuilders, as well as port and terminal owners and operators in the region to discuss the importance of specifying compatible and proven technology and its role in ensuring the safe, efficient transportation and transfer of LNG as a fuel.

For more information about The Motorship Gas Fuelled Ships Conference, visit: http://www.motorship.com/gfsconference

 

 

TRELLEBORG RECEIVES HILTI ANCHOR DESIGN TRAINING

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

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation recently became the first marine fender manufacturer globally to receive extensive anchor design software training from Hilti, after hosting the manufacturer of chemical anchor fasteners at its Engineering and Design Center of Excellence in Ahmedabad, India.

The training saw Hilti experts showcase how Trelleborg engineers can utilize their software to calculate the required resin length for anchors up to M39 in size. Other areas of in-depth analysis included the types of chemicals used in Hilti’s anchor fasteners, their bond strengths and how its fasteners are installed on concrete berthing structures.

Mission critical equipment such as fender systems need to be installed correctly, and anchors play a fundamental role in ensuring that they are, and that they can successfully provide a first line of defence for ports.

With a superior resin strength to its competitors, Hilti’s wide range of injectable mortars are widely regarded as the leading solution used at ports and terminals across the globe. Therefore, it is vital that when designing our anchors, our team ensure they are fully compatible with Hilti’s mortars. The training provided us with everything we need to know to do so.

To accommodate increasing vessel sizes with optimal performance and efficiency, many of Trelleborg’s fenders require anchors larger than M39 in size, beyond the remit of Hilti’s anchor design software. Therefore our engineers have established a proprietary tool to calculate the required resin length for such anchors.

Hilti’s training provided the ideal platform to validate the calculation tool that our team has developed internally, and with the help of their experts establish industry testing requirements for chemical anchors larger than M39, helping to eliminate the use of low quality chemical anchor fasteners across the globe.

Trelleborg’s Hilti training is part of a new initiative for engineers at our Engineering and Design Center of Excellence. The initiative provides practical exposure to those that primarily work in a software-based environment.

 

SAFEPILOT GUIDES FOURTH LARGEST CRUISE SHIP INTO NAPIER PORT

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

Our SafePilot system was used to safely navigate MS Ovation of the Seas, the equal fourth largest cruise ship in operation in the world, in to dock at Napier Port on Hawke’s Bay in New Zealand. Napier is the North Island’s second largest export port by tonnage. It hosts around 50 cruise ship visits each year, but the Ovation of the Seas is the largest it’s ever received, overtaking the 138,194 tonne MS Voyager of the Seas, which first visited in 2014.

Ovation of the Seas is a cruise ship operated by Royal Caribbean International (RCI). The third ship in the Quantum class, it is the second largest class of passenger ship behind RCI’s Oasis class ships. At 348m long, 18 decks high, weighing 168,666 tonnes, with capacity for 6,500 people, the vessel is the equal fourth-largest cruise ship in the world.

The Port is a long-term customer of Trelleborg, who has supplied the port for 15 years. The SafePilot CAT III unit is designed for robustness, accuracy and reliability. It is engineered to meet the needs of the most demanding piloting applications which require accuracy to the centimetre as well as heave, pitch and roll monitoring.

I’ll leave you with a few comments from Ruslan Mitlash, one of the two Napier Port pilots that used Trelleborg’s CAT III SafePilot solution to bring this large ship into the relatively small port, and Napier Port’s Port Services Manager Bruce Lochhead.

Ruslan said: “There was no room for error when berthing the Ovation of the Seas at Napier Port, so accurate information on speed, rate of turn (ROT), and clearing distances was vital. SafePilot was an integral part of the operation right from the planning stage, and the real-time information it provided was critical to the safety and success of the manoeuvre.

“We find SafePilot very user-friendly, and being able to use it with a tablet makes it a convenient tool not just for pilots, but for the whole team on the bridge.”

Bruce said: “It was a great experience seeing Ovation of the Seas come into port, as the weather conditions the night before had us thinking twice about whether she would be able to berth. We’re very proud that Ovation’s call went so smoothly – it was a real testament to the skill of our pilots, the calibre of their equipment, and the efforts of the team here at Napier Port.”

You can watch a time-lapse of the arrival here.

TALKING SMARTER APPROACHES TO PORT INFRASTRUCTURE AT MENA CONFERENCE

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

The Port of Duqm is to become fully operational by 2019. The Port of Sohar is set for expansion in 2018 as per its 2040 master plan to become a major logistics hub. The Suez Canal Zone is prepared for development with new infrastructure to connect the east and west of the Nile by 2018. These examples provide just a snapshot of port authority and operator activity across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), as they continue to expand and upgrade their infrastructure to remain competitive, with a focus on optimization and innovation.

I joined industry professionals from The Dubai Maritime City Authority, The General Authority for the Suez Canal Economic Zone, The Hamburg Port Authority and more at The Port Development MENA Conference (26-28 Sept, Dubai) to discuss key challenges and debate best practice methodologies for securing, constructing and operating port infrastructure in the MENA region.

Tino Klemm, CFO of The Hamburg Port Authority discussed the inevitable major impact of The Internet of things (IoT) on the marine industry. I too discussed change, in particular disruption which 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. I talked about ‘hypercollaboration’ – 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, an idea that Jesse Damsky, Commercial Director at The Port of Salalah alluded to at the conference. From Amazon to Maersk and Alibaba, I’m sure we can all think of 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, it’s about acting now and taking advantage of new technology to provide ports and terminals with new ways to enhance operational efficiency.

When talking about changing business-models and increasing, technology-driven collaboration, we must also talk about standards. By that I mean common standards, the ability of different products and services to connect and talk to each other to really support improved operations. This really is critical. Smarter infrastructure needs open architecture.

If we are to facilitate hyper-collaboration and adopt smart technology on a widespread basis then ultimately a common, standardized communication platform is required. As vessels, ports and hinterland transport become part of a connected eco-system, a ‘shipping OS’ is needed – a common platform with shared standards, where data access supersedes data ownership.

Trelleborg occupies a unique position at the interface between ship and port. We are helping ships enter and leave port in the safest, most efficient way possible and for us this involves developing products and services to collaborate with third party systems and third party assets. In this way, we’re committed to ensuring port and terminal operations can connect effectively, obtaining the most complete overview of real-time data to operate in the most efficient way.

In short: change is smart; smart is now; and open and smart is best.