By Mishra Kumar, Technical Director, Trelleborg’s marine systems operation
We recently attended the Asosiasi Badan Usaha Pelabuhan Indonesia (ABUPI) Forum in Indonesia, where I presented on the importance of fenders to the port operation.
There are a number of benefits to be gained through the correct specification, design, manufacture and testing of fender systems, which we have talked about in detail on this blog in the past. Benefits such as improved ROI through reduced maintenance, safer operations, less downtime.
ABUPI, or the Port Corporation Association, is a forum for Indonesian business-people and serves as the primary organization for corporations and individuals who work in ports. It was established with the objective of supporting and assisting government endeavors to improve economic development in the maritime sector.
The event – the ABUPI Forum – is intended to facilitate and share discussion around governmental policies, intended to enhance the operations and management of port and harbors. With other presentations coming from private port owners, discussion mainly centered on the issues that private port owners are facing in Indonesia while competing with government owned ports.