By Richard Hepworth, President, Trelleborg’s marine systems operation
Sustainability is one of the key challenges facing the marine industry. Being able to implement environmentally-friendly business practices is not simply a tick box exercise, it is a commercial imperative. Organizations of all kinds within our diverse sector are looking to find new ways to improve the efficiency of operations to ensure assets are fully optimized and working in as sustainable a way as possible.
The Green Maritime Forum is an important event in the calendar as it brings together experts who are involved in researching and developing sustainable solutions and enables them to share their latest thinking and breakthroughs with industry stakeholders. Trelleborg is attending this year’s Hamburg-based event and the managing director of our Danish operations, Tommy Gulhammer-Mikkelsen will be giving a talk on the future of ports and piloting, looking in particular at how automation technologies are improving the interface between vessel and port to maximize operational efficiencies.
It is these technological advances that are the key drivers in developing more sustainable maritime solutions. Real-time data capture and analysis, such as that provided by SmartPort by Trelleborg, can significantly improve port and vessel throughput and turnaround which in turn has a positive impact on fuel efficiency. Similarly, we are currently developing an Adaptive Under Keel Clearance system (AKUC) for our customers which will provide real-time measurement and take into account constantly changing environmental factors to potentially enable ships to carry more cargo, save on dredging costs and increase safety.
More efficient operations should create more sustainable operations. Technology is the enabler that can better connect the various elements of the supply chain, establishing a connected eco-system based on common standards that allows traditional and new assets to communicate with each other easily and effectively.