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PORTS CRYING OUT FOR EXTERNAL SUPPORT FOR EQUIPMENT SPECIFICATION

Our latest Barometer Report revealed that the majority (77%) of consultants and contractors don’t know the correct ratio of ingredients in a superior rubber compound for use in fenders.

To me, this suggests a huge gap in specification knowledge and product awareness, and that needs to be addressed. As we’ve talked about frequently in this blog, the performance and lifecycle of fenders vary dramatically based on the type of rubber used, and within that, the compound composition of the rubber.

And whilst many lacked awareness of the importance of compound formulation, what’s more, 50% of those surveyed don’t know if suppliers apply bespoke Velocity Factor (VF). 53% are also unaware if suppliers apply bespoke Temperature Factor (TF).

The application of VF and TF on a case by case basis is essential in determining fender performance and lifecycle. First introduced by PIANC, VF and TF should be applied to fenders depending on the compound composition of the rubber to accurately ascertain performance in the field, under varying compression times and temperatures.

Its no surprise then, that the study also revealed 86% of those surveyed would find it useful to have a system that can easily test suppliers’ compounds. The need is there, and it’s time for suppliers to react to it, evolving offerings to provide the required education and substantiation.

I’d like to get your thoughts on the matter. Do you feel that the level of knowledge within the industry is up to scratch when it comes to specification? Let us know in the comments section.

The full results of Trelleborg’s latest Barometer Report, which details a wide range of findings from the industry survey, is available now as a free download from: http://www.trelleborg.com/en/Marine-Systems/Resources/Downloads-2/

TRELLEBORG BECOMES PIANC PLATINUM PARTNER

Here at Trelleborg, we have a longstanding association with PIANC. Not only do we have a number of people involved in technical working groups, but we’ve also participated in and sponsored a number of world congress events. After being the Platinum AGA sponsor of the 33rd PIANC World Congress at the beginning of June, I am delighted to reveal that we have cemented our commitment to best practice by becoming a PIANC Platinum Partner. As a manufacturer of mission critical port equipment, its essential to us to share knowledge with the industry body that guides standards across the board.

With PIANC continuing to set best practice guidance for so many, and varied, issues pertinent to waterborne transport infrastructure, they felt it was important to have a supplier on board that could contribute across such a broad spectrum.

With our expertise extending from shore-based infrastructure, to oil and gas and LNG; we’re well placed to contribute to a number of areas PIANC work within.

This year’s Congress resolution, set forth by PIANC, will investigate ongoing and emerging trends, technologies and business models. With that said, we here at Trelleborg look forward to being involved in contributing to this important discussion going forward.

For more information about PIANC, visit: www.PIANC.org

LATEST BAROMETER REPORT LAUNCHED AT PIANC 2014

It goes without saying that the PIANC World Congress represents a landmark event on the maritime calendar. And, with such a wide range of stakeholders from across the industry attending, it provided the ideal platform for us to launch our latest Barometer Reports, which highlight a broad spectrum of issues pertinent to the industry.

To celebrate the launch of the reports, we took the opportunity to host a roundtable at the event that discussed some of the key findings. Against a backdrop of increased and varied demand, one of the main messages from the report was that there is a much more optimistic outlook on investment than in previous years.

In fact, the vast majority of respondents expect both capital and operational expenditure to grow over the next twelve months. With optimism returning, the roundtable delved in to the opportunity for port owners, operators, contractors and consultants alike to begin to navigate towards a more strategic, whole life approach to the design and construction of port infrastructure.

I took to the stage at the AGA luncheon and closing plenary to discuss how port infrastructure is evolving, and how stakeholders across the industry can best keep up and capitalize on the opportunities offered by new trends such as automated technologies. In addition, our technical expert, Mishra Kumar, discussed the importance of applying bespoke Velocity Factor (VF) and Temperature Factor (TF) when specifying marine fenders, and how rubber compound composition impacts these two key factors, as well as performance and longevity.

We also had a comprehensive team of sales and technical experts on stand to take visitors through our latest innovative products and solutions, including our brand new Port Performance Tool. Whether you’re a port owner, operator, engineering consultant or contractor, the new Tool allows you to discover just how well your port’s performance measures up against the industry average.

Trelleborg Marine Systems was Platinum AGA sponsor and exhibitor at the 33rd PIANC World Congress 2014, in San Francisco, California, U.S. The PIANC World Congress 2014 took place on 1 to 5 June 2014 at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis.

WE ARE ENHANCING OUR MANUFACTURING CAPABILITY WITH STATE-OF-THE-ART U.S. FACILITY

Our business is centered on our commitment to constantly enhance innovation and improve standards across the industry. With this in mind, I am delighted to announce that we will be relocating from our current site in Clear Brook, Virginia, to a brand new, state-of-the-art facility in Berryville.

Due for completion toward the end of the year, the new site will house a 45,000 square foot manufacturing facility for foam-based marine fenders and buoys, as well as a 9,000 square foot sales and business development office.

We’re also investing heavily in new, advanced polyurethane spraying and foam winding equipment, which will further increase production facilities.

With testing absolutely critical to ensuring our portfolio remains at the leading edge, the new facility will also contain a new state-of-the-art high speed test rig capable of testing full size rubber and foam fenders in accordance with PIANC guidelines. While we already have a world leading materials testing program, the addition of these full scale testing facilities will ensure our products perform above and beyond customer expectations.

Following the recent opening of our new sales and business development office in Houston, Texas, this move yet again demonstrates our ongoing commitment to continually improving our U.S. operations. Our Clear Brook facility has served us well, but we must always ensure we are best placed to meet our customers’ ever-growing demands, and the new facility ensures we are well placed to do just that.

The new Berryville facility will be strongly supported by our engineering and design center of excellence in Ahmnedabad, India.

For more information, visit: www.trelleborg.com/en/Marine-Systems/

TAKE PART IN OUR PORT PERFORMANCE ROUNDTABLE!

At the PIANC World Congress, which takes place at the beginning of June, we’ll be launching the results of our latest Barometer Report, in which we’ve surveyed 200 port owners, operators, contractors and consultants on a range of issues pertinent to our industry.

Our Barometer Report contains the results of a regular industry survey, which seeks to gain insight into the issues that are impacting port infrastructure.  Calling on the views of hundreds of port owners, operators, engineering consultants and contractors, the report seeks to understand the challenges they are facing and what they think the future holds for the marine industry.

One of the key findings from this year’s report was that the outlook on investment is much more optimistic than in previous years.  In fact, the vast majority of respondents expect both capital and operational expenditure to grow over the next twelve months.

With optimism returning, we were keen to delve in more depth in to what this will mean in practice for ports, as they make up lost ground caused by the economic downturn.

Strategic investment in port infrastructure has suffered over the last few years, but with a brighter economic outlook, we’re keen to understand how those responsible for procurement will react: which aspects of infrastructure are the most in need?  How are terminals coping with increasing vessel sizes and throughput? Which regions are leaders and laggards?

We’re seeking to address these questions, amongst others, at an exclusive Port Performance Roundtable which we will be hosting at the PIANC World Congress in June, and we’re looking for port owners, operators, contractors and consultants to share their experiences and have their say on the findings from the Barometer Report.

If you’re a port owner, operator, contractor or engineering consultant and you’re attending the 33rd PIANC World Congress in June, we would like to hear from you.  To have your say on the issues affecting the industry, register your interest in the Port Performance Roundtable now http://ow.ly/wMBbA.

Trelleborg Marine Systems is Platinum AGA sponsor and exhibitor at the 33rd PIANC World Congress 2014, in San Francisco, California, U.S. The PIANC World Congress 2014 takes place on 1 to 5 June 2014 at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. Visit us on stands 400 and 402.

THANK YOU TO ALL THAT MADE GASTECH 2014 A SUCCESS!

As I spoke about before, we attended Gastech, in Seoul, South Korea at the end of March – and I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to all those involved in making the event such a success. We had some great results, but the highlight for me was meeting existing customers, as well as prospects, and introducing them to the exciting new products we had on stand.

We took advantage of the event to launch a brand new product, the Quick Release Hook (QRH) Compact Series, and to showcase our Trelleborg SeaTechnik™ USL.

The new QRH Compact Series looked fantastic on stand, and was extremely well received; creating a lot of interest with both our customers and the media that visited us.

But beyond showcasing our product offering, one of our key objectives for Gastech was to demonstrate Trelleborg’s strength within the liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector, having reinforced our commitment to the industry early last year with the acquisition of SeaTechnik.

SeaTechnik, now called Trelleborg Marine Systems UK Ltd is a world leader in the design and manufacture of systems for safeguarding the transfer of LNG between LNG carriers and shore terminals. Gastech provided us with a great opportunity to share with key stakeholders the exciting synergies this partnership represents and discuss our evolved offering in more detail.

The event also provided us with a platform to launch our new Performance People branding.  The branding is based on a new creative rationale which puts the Trelleborg Marine Systems brand essence of “Trusted, Committed Experts” at the core of our message to market.

By bringing the people behind our projects and into the foreground, our new creative and branding is intended to give our people ownership and pride in the products and solutions that Trelleborg Marine Systems offers. It allows us to bring our service offering to the foreground, showing the engineering expertise and market knowledge we offer, far beyond the supply of products and solutions.

Given that we had so much to talk about at the event, it goes without saying that there was a lot of preparation involved, so I wanted to say thank you to all that played a role in making Gastech a success. It was great to see the Performance People in action, and I look forward to working together closely to make the next one even more successful!

If we missed you at Gastech, you can find out more about the products we had on stand, and download our whitepaper “Leading edge performance in LNG”, here.

 

WE ARE EXPANDING OUR GLOBAL REACH WITH NEW HOUSTON OFFICE

Here at Trelleborg, our long-term strategy relies heavily on investment in markets with strong growth potential. In particular, at Trelleborg Marine Systems, we remain committed to growing our business in the fast moving global Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) industry.

Therefore, for Trelleborg’s Marine Systems Business Unit, establishing a presence in Houston – the long established capital of the global oil and gas industry – is essential. As such, we are delighted to announce we have opened a new sales and business development office in Houston, Texas, U.S.

The move will see us join colleagues from Trelleborg’s offshore operation in their facility, enabling us to work more collaboratively across functions and allowing both businesses to take advantage of the synergies our complementary product areas provide.

As a global company, we strongly believe that it’s important to have a local ‘feet on the ground’ presence within the regions that our customers operate.

As such, we will relocate our USA President, Faiyaz Kolsawala, to operate from Houston as well as a number of our global sales team, including a specialist docking and mooring representative and a dedicated oil and gas transfer and vessel technology salesperson, both will provide a closer relationship with customers in the area and the reassurance of a face-to-face presence. We will also be further strengthening our Houston-based sales team with several new appointments.

The regional sales office will serve the local U.S. and Gulf of Mexico markets across all five product areas of our marine operations: marine fender systems, oil and gas transfer technology, vessel technology, docking and mooring, and marine products.

The new Houston office will be strongly supported by the Americas’ headquarters in Clearbook, Virginia, which also includes polyurethane and foam-based marine products manufacturing facility serving the North American and global customer base, as well as Trelleborg’s engineering and design center of excellence in Ahmnedabad, India.

For more information, visit: www.trelleborg.com/en/Marine-Systems/

TRELLEBORG SHOWCASES SEATECHNIK™ UNIVERSAL SAFETY LINK

We recently showcased The USL is a truly innovative product that takes our expertise in large scale applications and applies it to an optimised product for the burgeoning small-scale LNG sector.

The safe control and operation of small scale LNG transfers and fueling pose special challenges, and the drive for a ship-shore link (SSL) of increased functionality in an assured compatibility package was secured with the USL.

Some of the key benefits of the system include automatic shutdown through an intrinsically safe Emergency Shutdown (ESD) backup system, assured inter-compatibility throughout the small-scale and fuelling supply chain, as well as in-built system test and diagnostics.

When connected to a receiving tank or vessel, the USL automatically configures itself to display the process conditions on board the remote receiving tank or vessel to the operator. This enables the operator to carefully manage the connected system, especially where LNG residue has “aged” and is warmer than fresh LNG, and adjust flow rates to avoid nuisance ESD trips or safety valve discharges.

The USL8810 allows a single operator to monitor both sides of the transfer process, and provides main and backup safety link systems for LNG transfer, as recommended by ISO 28460.

The USL, along with out new Compact Series of Quick Release Hooks (QRH) seemed to create a lot of interest at Gastech, and we received some great feedback on both products that will allow us to evolve them even further. We look forward to sharing more information with you as and when we can.

In the meantime, thanks to all for a great Gastech – look forward to the next one! If we missed you, you can find more information on our new USL, and all the other products we had on stand at http://www.trelleborg.com/en/Marine-Systems/Products-And-Solutions/Oil–Gas-Transfer-Technology/Gastech-2014/

A NEW COMPACT SERIES OF QUICK RELEASE HOOKS

We are pleased to announce that this week, we launched a brand new series of Quick Release Hooks (QRHs), designed specifically for smaller and simpler mooring applications, where traditional large and more complex QRHs are not appropriate.

Due to an increase in vessel size and the ongoing need to optimize safety, there has been an increasing demand for load monitoring and remote release functionality to reduce operators’ exposure to danger through controlled release of the mooring lines.

The need for these capabilities in a more compact footprint has largely driven the development of QRH Compact Series, improving the efficiency and safety of mooring operations at commercial ports and wharfs.  The new hooks can also be used as a replacement for more traditional bollard applications.

Additionally, we are also committed to our business in the LNG sector and believe many of the features of the new series of hooks will meet the needs of the small-scale LNG market as it evolves.

The Compact Series combines the knowledge of our vastly experienced engineering team with FEA software, providing an optimized solution for less complex and lower rating mooring applications.

The new hook also reduces maintenance requirements through a single stage locking mechanism which has fewer moving parts, and is available in a range of designs including single, double, triple, and quad hooks in capacities up to 50T.

If we missed you at Gastech, you can find more information on our new QRH Compact Series at http://www.trelleborg.com/en/Marine-Systems/

SEE YOU AT GASTECH 2014

My colleagues and I will be attending Gastech 2014 in Korea next week. As one of the world’s favorite meeting places for energy professionals working in the oil and gas industry, Gastech provides the ideal platform for us to exhibit our latest product innovations and get some deeper insights into what other delegates see as the most critical issues in the market.

At the show, we’ll be showcasing our brand new Compact Series of Quick Release Hooks (QRHs) which have been designed specifically for smaller and simpler mooring applications, where traditional large and more complex QRHs are not appropriate.

The hooks combine the knowledge of our vastly experienced engineering team with FEA software, and provide an optimized solution for less complex and lower rating mooring applications. They represent a viable alternative to bollards for commercial ports and fuel wharfs, and could also be used in the rapidly developing small-scale LNG sector.

In addition, we’ll also have our Seatechnik™ Universal Safety Link (USL) on stand, a truly innovative product optimized for the small scale LNG sector. The USL was developed in response to the market requirement for a Ship-Shore Link (SSL) which addressed the needs of the LNG marine fuel and small scale transfer market.

We have also developed a new LNG application briefing, ‘Leading-edge Performance in LNG”, which we’ll have available for delegates to take away from our stand. It discusses the evolution of docking and mooring solutions, fender systems and transfer technology across a range of LNG applications.

If you’re heading to Gastech 2014, which will take place at the Kintex, Korea from the 24th to the 27th March, make sure you come and see us on stand F160.