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IT’S ALL DOWN TO TECHNICALITIES

By Richard Hepworth, Managing Director, Trelleborg Marine Systems

Salerno Contract Win

The panels for Salerno being prepared. The white marks are a quality control check for the thickness of the paint.

Customers quite rightly demand the ability to meet demanding specifications and tight delivery timescales. Indeed, it’s our capabilities to accommodate stringent design parameters and time pressures that enable me to proudly announce our new contract to supply Super Cone Fenders and Tee Head bollards to Salerno Port, Italy.

Working with RCM Costruzioni, our technical know-how was called upon to overcome restricted space for the cone fender due to a limited high capping beam. What’s more, we also needed to prove that we have the internal processes in place to deliver to exceptionally short lead times with 34 sets of SCN1300 Super Cone Fender Systems and 24 sets of Tee Head bollards 100t required by November. No mean feat!

Fresh from the findings of our latest Barometer report, which brought to the fore that the robust testing of rubber and steel is not routinely performed by all suppliers, I’d like to take this opportunity to point out that all fenders supplied by Trelleborg are fully compliant with PIANC Guidelines and have undergone both laboratory and full scale product testing. Given our industry reputation I’d hope that goes without saying and certainly for our client contact at RCM Construzioni, Mr. Elio Rainone, this played an important part in his decision to specify Trelleborg Marine Systems.

On that note I leave you with some kind words supplied by Mr. Rainone himself and look forward to sharing more company news with you soon…

“Due to Trelleborg’s strong reputation and technical qualification, they are already a preferred supplier for both the port authorities and us, the contractor.

“The solution provided by Trelleborg Marine Systems met the requirements of both parties: the port authorities wanted a reliable solution, with a long life cycle.  For us, an important factor was the necessity of an accessible dedicated project management team, and the assurance of high quality aftercare.”

INCREASING BUDGETS PAVE THE WAY FOR A MORE EFFICIENT 2012

By Richard Hepworth, Managing Director, Trelleborg Marine Systems

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The results of our recent Barometer report indicate an encouraging increase in the capital and operational expenditure of ports over the next 12 months. It’s believed that this will mostly go into improving efficiency and increasing the capacity of port terminals – good news for port operators, contractors, consultants and suppliers alike (not least for ourselves).

Where this investment will be allocated and how best efficiencies can be achieved is the immediate issue but looking further down the line, the industry needs to become much more focused on whole life costs rather than short term savings. Because beyond the budget sheet a far more worrying outcome is emerging as a commoditised marketplace makes way for lower cost, lesser quality suppliers.

Indeed, 2012 may be looking brighter as spend is on the ‘up’ but let’s not put a downer on the forecast by forging partnerships with lower-cost suppliers and traders that are actively misusing PIANC accreditation. Port downtime and efficiencies go hand-in-hand with product quality and if the latter suffers so does the industry as a whole.

Hear my views on what sits at the heart of the biggest issues currently facing port decision makers and join our movement for better regulation and enforcement of product standards @MarineInsights on Twitter.

TESTING TIMES: DON'T COUNT THE COST OF SUPPLIER SHORTCUTS

By Mishra Kumar, Global Technical & Market Support Manager, Trelleborg Marine Systems

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As with all industries, some manufacturers follow acceptable practices, others don’t, so it probably comes as little surprise that online canadian pharmacy – despite the existence of PIANC fender design guidelines – the robust testing of rubber and steel is not routinely performed by all suppliers. While the short term cost savings may seem attractive, the longer term prospects of working with lesser quality products and materials presents a more problematic picture. Controlled testing in a laboratory environment is crucial to delivering consistent quality, higher performance and reliable cost effective solutions.

Here I outline our approach to ongoing research and development and call on the industry to collaboratively take a stance against outdated fender design guidelines.

HOW CAN THE INDUSTRY COUNTERACT UNSCHEDULED DOWNTIME?

By Scott Smith, Regional Director (Asia Pacific), Trelleborg Marine Systems

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One of the biggest issues in the market is keeping on top of downtime and maintenance – eight out of 10 ports suffer from unscheduled disruptions with almost half of these being ‘down’ for up to 10 per cent of the time. This was brought to our attention through a recent survey we conducted alongside Lloyds’ List with almost 400 port decision makers.

It revealed that budgets continue to be under pressure and maintenance appears to be suffering because of it. But it’s not all doom and gloom. Things are looking up as new technologies are being harnessed to help overcome issues with port safety and maintenance.

You can download our survey report in full from http://www.takesthepressureoff.com/barometer2 but if you’re short on time my colleagues and I have put together a series of short videos so you can digest the key findings in more bite-size chunks. Visit the Marine Insights YouTube channel or follow this link to watch at your leisure.

LAUNCH OF 2011 BAROMETER REPORT

By Richard Hepworth, managing director of Trelleborg Marine Systems

After the success of our first Barometer Report, and the debate it sparked, I am pleased to say that the second edition of the Trelleborg Marine Systems’ Barometer Report, in association with Lloyd’s List, is now available.

This year’s report has thrown out some motivating topics for industry discussion going forward and some interesting comparisons can be drawn between the results this year and last.

The 2011 report features the same topic areas as last year, with some new ground covered.  We have included a focus on industry guidelines, the role of PIANC, compliance and materials testing this year, and the results make for some interesting reading.  We have concentrated on product design, production and installation standards, whilst examining the levels of aftercare offered by manufacturers and trading companies.

Some good news from this year’s report: compared to last year, twice as many respondents are anticipating an increase in capital expenditure (up 25% on 2010).  This trend will stimulate a supply chain that is already thriving and on the whole, will benefit the market.

We need to work to convince specifiers that their increased purchasing power should be used to buy into quality products.  It is understandable that customers are looking for low cost procurement, however, we want to raise awareness of the need to consider wholelife costs when buying new products.

Although upfront costs might be lower, the products offered by low cost, non-manufacturing suppliers will not be tailored to the needs of the port, may not meet PIANC standards, and, due to the lack of technical and manufacturing capability, will not offer a high standard of maintenance and aftercare – all these factors combine to raise the cost of the product over its lifetime, and ultimately, cost the port facility more.

We still have work to do, but are confident that by working with PIANC and wider industry, we can ensure that the quality of manufacturers’ products will prevail in the market, making ports and harbours safer and ultimately, reducing the cost to the customers we supply.

Topic discussions:

What are your views on the growth of non-manufacturing companies supplying berthing and docking products?

Should PIANC take a stronger stance on the enforcement of their guidelines?

What would you like to see done to improve industry standards whilst PIANC’s 2002 guidelines are updated?

FAST-TRACK QATARGAS INSTALLATION

By Paul viagra professional Welling, general manager, Trelleborg Marine Systems FZE

Fast-track qatargas installation

Vessel sizes have increased immeasurably in recent years and, on the back of that, so have the stresses exerted on port infrastructure. But replacing these systems can be problematic. Especially in the LNG sector where port downtime is an absolute premium due to the value of the commodities being shipped.

A prime example, is a recent project we worked on with Qatargas where three parallel motion fender systems were required for a fast-track project. The installation was completed in just four days to minimise disruption to their daily operations.

The project was carried out with specialist oil and gas contractor, Qatar Engineering and Construction Company WLL (Q-Con), with two sets of dual SCN1000 cones installed behind each Parallel Motion Fender Structure.

Completion of the project has enabled the global LNG supplier to upgrade an existing berthing structure, originally designed for vessels with a displacement of around 110,000 tonnes, to facilitate berthing of larger Q-Flex vessels with a displacement of about 150,000 tonnes.

Our Trelleborg parallel motion fender system was specified as it complemented the design of the existing jetty, raising its energy absorbency capacity and enabling it to facilitate the berthing of a much larger vessel, with increased weight.

The existing jetties weren’t originally designed to take the berthing energy and related reaction forces associated with the larger Q-Flex vessel. So we recommended the parallel motion fender system as it can offer 60 per cent greater force absorbency than a conventional fender without raising the reaction force above the allowable level, which meant that the existing dock could be used, for a much heavier vessel.