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By Dave Pendleton, Managing Director of Trelleborg’s marine systems operation UK

It’s a matter of days until the much anticipated Container Terminal Automation Conference, organized by Port Technology.

At last year’s conference, collaboration came through very strongly as one of the buzzwords of the moment. We discussed the need for hyper-collaboration across the industry, reasoning that a more collaborative approach is the only way to enable the information sharing necessary to empower the revolution the marine industry is so overdue. This year, I’ll be taking part in the ‘Intelligent Supply Chain’ panel session on day one (14th March) of the two day event, to discuss how this revolution is starting to happen, and its effect on supply chains.

The conference brings together thought leaders in AI automation from across the shipping industry to discuss all stages of terminal automation, as well as the latest cutting-edge operations along the supply chain, and how new technologies can be leveraged.

I’m very much looking forward to attending, and I hope you’ll join me there.

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

Anyone that reads this blog will have noticed the focus we’ve given to terminal automation over the past few months, especially the principles and practicalities of better supply chain collaboration, and how automated technologies can facilitate and improve it.

Organized by Port Technology, The Terminal Automation and Training C-Level Networking Conference brings together thought leaders in the automation and training sectors of the port industry. Therefore, it is the perfect place to discuss the stages of terminal automation, implications on port staff training and the need for simulation to facilitate this.

We see the conference as a key event in the marine calendar, and we’ve supported it since its inception in 2016. At last year’s conference we caught up with delegates to find out how the maritime sector is implementing automation and smart technologies, as well as the challenges facing ports and terminals as they transition to such technologies.

To get you in the mood for this year’s conference, watch the videos and hear expertise from key thought leaders on smart technology and the supply chain, the need for open communication, and effective transition strategies.

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By Mishra Kumar, Technical Director for Marine Fenders at Trelleborg’s marine systems operation

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation has launched a new whitepaper highlighting the impact of the manufacturing process on the performance, safety, and longevity of pneumatic fenders.

Titled ‘Pneumatic Fenders: Manufacturing Methods Matter’, the whitepaper explores the difference in fenders manufactured using the airbag manufacturing method without employing a mold, and fenders manufactured conventionally using a mold, to highlight the impact of the manufacturing process on fender quality.

Pneumatic fenders are extensively used for ship-to-ship transfers mid sea, double banking operations, and as vessel-to-berth at dock/jetties. Therefore it is vital that they are not only of high quality, but are extremely reliable, to guarantee effective performance in even the harshest environmental conditions.

Each and every pneumatic fender must comply with the ISO 17357-1:2014 standard to ensure they follow the correct manufacturing process. The major concern for the industry is that there is an influx of manufacturers employing airbag production methods resulting in fenders that don’t usually comply with all of the recommended manufacturing process guidelines or compound properties as specified under the ISO 17357-1:2014 standard.

By using the conventional method, whereby the entire fender is built inside a mold and vulcanized with it in an autoclave, a clear positive impact is seen on the appearance, dimensional stability and the bonding between layers, leading to a more reliable and long lasting fender.

To read the whitepaper, visit:



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

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation has launched a new whitepaper bringing together the latest news and thinking on big data in the maritime sector, highlighting how and where these technologies are being implemented and the key application areas that will deliver future operational efficiencies for ports and terminals.

Titled ‘The use of Big Data in the maritime industry’, the whitepaper explores how the maritime industry can better understand the opportunities that big data offers, both now and in the longer term.

Big data has the potential to transform our industry. Through application and insights, big data is creating new opportunities to drive innovation and deliver tangible operational efficiencies across the shipping world.

But the collection of information alone is not enough. It is the analysis of this data and the actionable insights it provides that will transform and increase the efficiency of day-to-day operations across the shipping industry in years to come.

This is a time of huge change for our industry. The advancement of automation, and the exponential rise in data it brings, mean disruption on a scale that ‘shipping’ has never seen before. Those that invest now in the architecture that empowers collaboration between smart assets, will be best equipped to face the future.

SmartPort realises the critical interface between ship and port,
on land and at sea. This gives Trelleborg 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. Trelleborg is seeking to educate the marine industry about the importance and potential of this interface.

SmartPort is Trelleborg’s answer to the need for a standardized way to collect and store data. It’s a technology platform that connects port operations, allowing users to analyze asset performance and apply data insights, to improve day-to-day decision making for optimised operations; improved safety, reduced costs, greater sustainability and increased revenue return.

To read the whitepaper, visit:



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

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation has upgraded its ISO 9001:2008 certification to the new International Quality Standard ISO 9001:2015, following verification from Lloyd’s Register. Demonstrating its dedication to operating efficient management processes, this revised quality standard will aid the company in the delivery and improvement of its services, to meet changing industry requirements.

The latest revision of the ISO 9001 standard focuses on performance, and supports continual practice improvements to ensure that company management systems are used as a structural tool for achieving continually high levels of quality. Certified companies have proved they are committed to demonstrating a framework for continuous improvement, and are assessed annually to ensure company progress is maintained.

Being accredited to ISO 9001:2015, prior to the September 2018 transition deadline – something only 20% of UK companies have achieved – is a significant achievement for us as a business and one that is testament to the efforts of our transition team. Our quality management system has been developed to the benefit of our customers, while ensuring the delivery of our products and services are of consistently high quality.


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 6th annual LNG Bunkering Summit (29 -31 January) in Amsterdam.

The LNG Bunkering Summit brings together global players from leading ports, LNG terminal operators, ship operators, ship owners, LNG suppliers, and LNG technology providers to develop strategic partnerships and common strategy to drive the LNG Bunkering market forward. The three-day event will provide attendees with perspectives across the entire supply chain on decision making, planning, development, operation, safety and training processes that have allowed them to successfully move forward in the LNG Bunkering market.

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 bunkering and fueling for marine vessels. All of these applications have in common one key requirement. The safe, efficient and timely transfer of LNG from one tank system to another. One key critical element in achieving this is the ship-shore interface.

Paul Radage, Sales Director at Trelleborg’s marine systems operation UK, will take to the stage to discuss the importance of ship-shore link systems and the requirement  to ensure that newly installed systems remain compatible not only with each other but also with the existing installed base.

The safe, efficient transportation and transfer of LNG as a cargo has had an enviable safety record over its 40 year history. We have all, at some point, had a part to play in delivering that record and during the LNG Bunkering Summit we will learn from each other about how we will seek to maintain this record while rising to the new challenges and applications the industry presents.

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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.







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.

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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.


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.”

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