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TRELLEBORG TO SUPPLY SMART ROPE FREE MOORING SYSTEM TO PORT OF LANGNAS

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

Many ports and terminals are looking towards automated technologies to cope with increased demand and compete effectively in today’s complex, global landscape. The benefits of terminal automation lie in increased reliability, safety and efficiency both in scheduling and throughput. However, 45% of all container vessels are currently delayed by over eight hours upon arrival. Additionally, there are a multitude of ports worldwide that experience demurrage charges from vessel operators waiting offshore due to berth availability delays.

When it comes to automated mooring technology, there is certainly room for improvement and the need for a superior solution to raise port efficiency. In AutoMoor, we’re providing the industry with an enhanced option, unlike any other currently available, that promises to achieve exactly that.

Developed following several years of customer consultations and recently successfully trialled at the Port of Melbourne in Australia, AutoMoor uses smart technologies to enable a faster berthing process and improve safety levels within the port environment. Using vacuum technology to rapidly attach to and secure a vessel at berth, Trelleborg’s rope-free automated mooring system reduces vessel motions and continuously monitors all mooring loads acting on the vessel at berth. This provides live data to the operator to optimize day-to-day port and terminal operations. It also minimizes personnel involvement to reduce human error and improve safety.

AutoMoor is also intended to help ports and terminals become more environmentally efficient, because vessels can be secured in under a minute and released in 30 seconds. This reduces vessel idling time and lowers the time tug boats are required alongside the vessel until the mooring operation is complete, cutting emissions overall.

That said, I am delighted to reveal that Trelleborg’s marine systems operation will supply AutoMoor to the Port of Langnas’ international cruise ferry and domestic ro-ro ferry berths. The Port of Langnas is situated in the Baltic Sea on the archipelago of Aland, which has intensive ferry traffic between Sweden and Finland via Aland.

Developed specifically for the use at the Port of Langnas, Trelleborg’s AutoMoor T40 Twin Arm has two mooring arms that can operate in synch or independently to provide flexible mooring of vessels with varying hull profiles. This enables ports to accept a greater range of vessel types which has been a limitation of the offerings currently available on the market. The AutoMoor T40 Twin Arm also has a compact footprint allowing for installation in limited spaces including between gantry rails and the wharf edge.

We are happy to have the first milestone completed of a long relationship ahead with Port of Langnas. Thanks to AutoMoor, we are sure that Langnas, an early adopter in the industry, will benefit considerably given their remarkably high frequency of operations serving the leading operators in the maritime sector.

I’ll leave you with some words from Ronny Eriksson, CEO at the Port of Langnas: “The port’s international cruise ferry berth alone accommodates nearly 3,000 vessel moorings per year. The majority of which are some of the most advanced cruise ferries worldwide with sizes ranging from 34,000GT to 66,000GT and between 165 to 230 meters in length. Given what is a significantly high volume for just a single berth, it was vital that we upgraded both berths in the port to ensure they continue to sustain such a high vessel throughput. With that in mind, it was essential that the upgrade saw the adoption of automated mooring systems to facilitate quick, safe and reliable mooring operations.”

“Through the use of AutoMoor at Langnas, ship operators such as Viking Lines, Tallink-Silja and Finnlines, will be able to manage crew rest periods more efficiently while reducing onboard personnel and operating costs. Trelleborg certainly didn’t disappoint with their AutoMoor system, which I’ve no doubt will prove its worth in optimizing mooring operations at the berth moving forward.”

Trelleborg’s AutoMoor solution falls under the operation’s SmartPort portfolio. SmartPort powers the critical interface between ship and port, on land and at sea. It 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 on Trelleborg’s AutoMoor solution, visit: http://www.trelleborg.com/en/marine-systems/products–solutions–and–services/docking–and–mooring/automated–mooring–systems/automoor

 

TRELLEBORG TO PRESENT AT 2019 LNG BUNKERING SUMMIT

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

Now in its 7th year, the LNG Bunkering Summit focuses on the entire supply chain, offering insights into decision making, planning, development, operation, safety and training processes that are driving the LNG Bunkering market forward. This is Europe’s fastest growing and largest LNG Bunkering Summit at which the future of the industry is discussed annually amongst infrastructure operators, shipping companies, LNG suppliers and technology providers.

With that in mind, I am delighted to reveal that Trelleborg’s marine systems operation will sponsor the 2019 LNG Bunkering Summit, which will be held in Amsterdam, Netherlands (29-31 January).

At the Summit, Paul Radage, Sales Director at Trelleborg’s marine systems operation, will provide a detailed look at a real-life case study in LNG bunkering, discussing the challenges met and the lessons learned.

On stand, Trelleborg will exhibit its Universal Safety Link (USL), an innovative product that takes the company’s expertise in large scale LNG transfer applications, develops it and applies it to provide an optimized product for the burgeoning and diverse small and mid-scale LNG sectors. Delegates will also be able to learn about Trelleborg’s Ship-Shore Link (SSL) technology that has set the industry standard in large-scale LNG transfer for over 20 years.

For more information about Trelleborg’s range of solutions for the LNG industry, visit: http://www.trelleborg.com/en/marine-systems/products–solutions–and–services/ship-shore–links

TRELLEBORG TO KICK-START 2018 LNG SHIP-SHORE INTERFACE CONFERENCE

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

As Platinum Sponsor, Trelleborg’s marine systems operation will deliver the welcoming address at The LNG Ship/Shore Interface Conference, which will be held in London, UK, 22-23 November 2018.

The LNG Ship/Shore Interface Conference will bring together Europe’s LNG transportation supply chain to discuss ship and terminal operations at the jetty, offshore and bunker station. At the conference, Dave Pendleton, Managing Director of Trelleborg’s marine systems operation in the UK, will deliver the welcoming address and will discuss the importance of businesses investment in innovation, and the critical role that the implementation of innovative solutions plays in the development of global markets. Steve Ward, Technical Sales Manager at Trelleborg’s marine systems operation will also provide a detailed look at a real life case study in LNG bunkering, discussing the challenges met and the lessons learned.

Trelleborg will exhibit its Universal Safety Link (USL), an innovative product that takes the company’s expertise in large scale LNG transfer applications, develops it and applies it to provide an optimized product for the burgeoning and diverse small and mid-scale LNG sectors. Delegates will also be able to learn about Trelleborg’s Ship-Shore Link (SSL) technology that has set the industry standard in large-scale LNG transfer for over 20 years.

Trelleborg will also be exhibiting its USL technology at the Motorship Propulsion and Future Fuels Conference in Hamburg, Germany, 14-16 November 2018. At the conference, which explores the evolution of LNG and other clean, low-flashpoint fuels, Chris Briggs, Technical Sales Engineer at Trelleborg Marine Systems, will take to the stage to discuss the latest in bunkering safety challenges and the importance of compatibility across the industry.

November will also see Trelleborg showcase its Emergency Shutdown Link (ESL) technology for the oil and chemical tanker industry at the 2018 Tanker Shipping & Trade Conference 20 – 21 November) in London, UK, which covers the commercial, operational and technical issues impacting the crude, product and chemical tanker trades.

For more information about Trelleborg’s range of solutions for the LNG industry, visit: http://www.trelleborg.com/en/marine-systems/products–solutions–and–services/ship-shore–links

 

TRELLEBORG JOINS PEMA

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

 

TRELLEBORG PARTNERS WITH SYNERTEC TO ENHANCE LNG TRANSFER EFFICIENCY ACROSS THE GLOBE

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

With more LNG capacity coming on stream year on year, we are seeing increasing demand not just for large scale transportation of cargoes but also for more FSRU applications and, of course, the growth of LNG fuelling for marine vessels. All of these applications have one key requirement in common – the safe, efficient and timely transfer of LNG from one tank system to another.

One key critical element in achieving this is the interface between ship and port, on land and at sea – a space that like Trelleborg, leading Australasian engineering consultancy, Synertec specializes within. The ship to shore interface demands that we, across the industry, come together and use all of our skills and talents as technologists and innovators to make it happen, which is exactly what our newly formed strategic partnership with Synertec aims to do.

Under the new agreement, Trelleborg will distribute Synertec’s industry leading LNG custody transfer system across its global sales network. There are clear synergies between the two companies, from our combined technical expertise to our shared commitment to optimizing the interface, which is critical to supporting the business model of every transfer operation. Working with Synertec, we’re able to provide our customers across the globe with an enhanced LNG transfer operation that does exactly that.

LNG custody transfer, the transfer of the ownership of LNG from one organization to other, has long involved fiscal risk given significant uncertainties in traditional tank measurement. Quantities are invoiced in units of transferred LNG based on a calculation of volume, density, and gross caloric value. However, measurement inaccuracies have a significant financial impact for both exporters and importers. For instance, just a one percent error in LNG transferred can result in a significant loss of revenue due to misallocation during custody transfer.

Synertec’s automated custody transfer system, which is ISO 6974, ISO 8943 and GIIGNL (2017) compliant, ensures the precise measurement of loaded LNG, removing the potential for substantial financial losses across the industry and the need for extensive laboratory testing. Used to great success across many high-profile LNG projects across Australasia, the transfer system is a skid mounted module suitable for all LNG applications.

I’ll leave you with some words from Michael Carroll, Managing Director of Synertec: “We’ve built a strong reputation across Australasia and now, boosted by the global reach of Trelleborg, we look forward to meeting the global demand for more accurate and efficient LNG custody transfer.”

For more information about Trelleborg and Synertec’s strategic partnership, visit stand K160 at Gastech (17 – 20 September, 2018).

TRELLEBORG TO TALK SMARTPORT, TURNKEY LNG SOLUTIONS AT GASTECH 2018

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


Trelleborg will discuss SmartPort at Gastech in Barcelona (17-20 September), in addition to showcasing its range of game-changing LNG transfer technology. I am also delighted to reveal that as part of Gastech’s main conference program, my colleague Andrew Stafford, Technical Director at Trelleborg’s marine systems operation will present a technical paper discussing the latest in Ship-Shore Link (SSL) technology that has set the industry standard in large-scale LNG transfer for nearly 20 years. Vincent Lagarrigue, Director of Oil & Marine Hoses at Trelleborg’s oil and marine operation will also present a technical paper that outlines how cryogenic floating hose technology is unlocking new possibilities in small to medium-scale transfer and LNG bunkering.

On stand (K160), experts from Trelleborg’s marine systems operation will be on hand to discuss SmartPort, a technology platform that powers the critical interface between ship and port, on land and at sea. The SmartPort platform connects port operations, allowing operators to analyze asset performance and use data to improve decision making. The system integrates assets like fenders, mooring equipment, ship performance monitoring, and navigation systems through a network of sensors.

Trelleborg’s oil and marine operation will be highlighting how their Cryoline floating cryogenic hoses technology is transforming LNG transfer operations in both near-shore and offshore environments. Cryoline technology was specially developed to address pressing infrastructure challenges in the LNG market, enabling turnkey projects that drastically reduce the capex and environmental impact of LNG import infrastructure. It also opens up new locations to ship-to-shore and ship-to-ship transfer, even in challenging weather conditions, and increases safety and operability of FLNG loading and offloading by enabling transfer in tandem configuration.

Trelleborg is able to provide the most integrated and configurable solutions at every interface of the LNG transfer operation. However, realizing the critical interface between ship and port, on land and at sea, SmartPort provides 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. We look forward to exhibiting a number of solutions within our SmartPort portfolio including AutoMoor, a rope-free automated mooring system for smarter, safer and more efficient berthing operations; SafePilot, a new generation of piloting and navigation software; as well as our Integrated SSL and Emergency ShutDown System (ESDS) for both large and small-scale LNG transfer and fueling. We’ll also showcase our Quick Release Hooks (QRH) which enable mooring lines to be safely secured and quickly released; as well as its SmartDock Laser Docking Aid System for vessel approach and berthing operations.

In addition to the latest in SSL technology, Andrew’s session will highlight how close co-operation between all parties has enabled Q-LNG to develop their LNG bunkering project from the early adoption for the Harvey Gulf OSV fleet through to the latest requirements for fully flexible bunker vessels. The presentation will also discuss how process safety is improved and training is facilitated by using digital fiber optic link technology with redundancy to ensure compatibility with ESD systems, telephony and cargo process data from any LNG fuelled vessels.

Together, these technologies enable revolutionary new models and thinking for LNG transfer, unlocking new possibilities throughout the transfer zone. Vincent’s session will explore how this was demonstrated in September 2017, when technology from both operations was used in the first sea launch of the Universal Transfer System (UTS), a plug-and-play turnkey developed with Connect LNG. The success of this launch demonstrated the vast potential for new infrastructure possibilities that Trelleborg’s technology enables.

For more information, come and see us on stand K160 at Gastech.

 

GUARANTEEING FENDER PERFORMANCE

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

Trelleborg Fender System

The Thermo-Gravimetric Analysis (TGA) test, adopted by many high quality fender manufacturers, determines whether fenders have been produced using a technically superior rubber formulation that includes little or no recycled rubber and only reinforcing fillers like carbon black.

Reinforcing fillers improve the mechanical properties of rubber. However, contrary to the belief of some across the industry, non-reinforcing fillers such as white calcium carbonate (CaCO3), actually reduces the lifespan of a fender, especially when used in larger quantities. CaCO3 is not a substitute for the carbon black used in high quality fenders.

Considerable research has been carried out over the years on the use of CaCO3 in rubber formulations. It is added to rubber to lower costs, improve processing and impart a lighter color. However, CaCO3 provides very little reinforcement to the rubber. Naturally obtained CaCO3 (ground CaCO3) has poor polymer-filler interaction due to its coarse particle size and its large surface area. Therefore, the rubber compound has poor adhesion and tear resistance.

Some manufacturers make use of large quantities of CaCO3 in the compound formulation of fenders to achieve lower cost. However, while more CaCO3 in a rubber formula may have its advantages in the processing of the compound and lower cost, it negatively impacts the primary aging properties over time, leading to a lower lifespan of the fender.

But, chemical testing is not enough. Full scale testing on prototypes and finished products should also be performed in the manufacturing facility to guarantee that the fenders meet lifecycle and performance specifications. This needs to be verified by testing a randomly chosen fender either at an independent facility, or, by using an independent testing jig.

Although deployed at a manufacturer’s facility using their own test frame, an Independent test rig provides a witness (third party or consultant) with real-time independent testing data captured and shown on an external display. Results are also printed in real-time providing witnesses with direct access to the data. What’s more, load cell and deflection measuring devices can be calibrated on the spot or by an external party independently, outside of the control of the fender manufacturer. Meanwhile test data obtained from the rig can be compared with that reported by manufacturers using their own measuring devices.

It’s vital that the industry understands that the substitution of carbon black with non-reinforcing fillers, such as CaCO3, means that equipment will need to be replaced earlier, and in the long term, result in heavier investment, not to mention the higher risks of failure during service life. Port owners and specifiers also need to educate themselves on the testing methods that can guarantee that the performance of their fenders meet specifications.

For more on Trelleborg’s research into the importance of ingredient selection, mixing and the manufacturing process in marine fenders, please refer to the ‘Guaranteeing Fender Performance’ and ‘Rubber Fenders: Mixing it Up’ whitepapers.

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.

 

 

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