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

Collaboration is a word that is becoming increasingly associated with the marine industry. We know collaboration can take many forms and examples of new and exciting commercial partnerships have featured in this blog recently. But collaboration is also about sharing best practice and working together to create the best possible future for our industry. Certainly this is why here at Trelleborg we value the longstanding and important relationship we have with industry body, PIANC.

We place great importance on the role PIANC plays in the industry as a facilitator of shared best practice, knowledge and expertise between stakeholders and we are happy to show our continued commitment to, and support for, PIANC by being a headline sponsor of its World Congress in Panama City in May 2018.  This congress is an opportunity for the many different parts of our sector to come together and debate and learn about the innovations and developments that have emerged, and in some cases already been adopted, since the last event four years ago.

This year Trelleborg is again taking an active role in the congress. My colleagues will be delivering technical presentations on the subjects of future ports and piloting in Panama and the importance of authenticating marine fender performance, including explanation of a new, more accurate verification test.

I’d encourage those of you attending PIANC 2018 to come and visit Trelleborg on Stand 27, where you can try our new online fender selection tool which makes it simpler to specify the most appropriate fender for a particular application.

Finally, I hope to see some of you in person when I address the conference and talk about the themes of collaboration and automation in more detail.

Register to try our new online fender selection tool here.


Richard Hepworth, Managing Director, Trelleborg Marine Systems

As vessel sizes steadily increase, so too do the pressures exerted on port infrastructure and ports around the world need to proactively work to manage these increased vessel sizes.  We’ve selected the work we did with the National Grid LNG terminal at the Isle of Grain in England to showcase how industry can work together to proactively tackle these potential issues.  The case study features the upgrade of jetty ten and the construction of a new jetty at the terminal. This enables the new breed of large LNG vessels to berth and discharge or load contents to and from the facility, thus improving the production rate at the plant.   See Part One of the case study here and keep an eye on our YouTube site for the next instalments.