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COLLABORATION IS KING FOR THE HALO EFFECT

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

As part of our recent ‘Preparing for the Port of the Future’ Report, renowned futurist Gerd Leonhard highlighted the need for us an industry to get to grips with the fact that the future isn’t about doing one thing best, it’s about connecting to others that are leading in adjacent and relevant fields.

It’s in this spirit that we’ve forged a new strategic partnership with Teekay Marine Solutions which is part of Teekay, one of the world’s largest marine energy, transportation, storage and production companies.

Bringing together Trelleborg’s manufacturing capability and Teekay’s operations expertise, we’ve launched HALO Fenders, a new premium pneumatic fender offering. With stock in three strategic locations to ensure fast global delivery, there are 32 rental and service bases with a fleet of 400 fenders to ensure we can provide fast, local maintenance and repair.

Working with Teekay, we can provide a premium offering that enables operators to source, deploy and maintain pneumatic fenders safely and efficiently, with a reassuring service structure that ensures these high quality solutions are supported for the life of the project.

We’ve worked closely with Teekay to develop what we believe is an industry leading offer – and one that supports the needs of STS transfer as well as the wider marine market. I believe that HALO Fenders will offer unbeatable safety, reliability and responsiveness – enabling operators to guarantee efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

We’ll be launching HALO Fenders at Gastech in Tokyo (4-7 April), so if you’re attending come and see us on stand 16-320 in hall 2.

 

TRELLEBORG SUPPORTS PIANC IN EVOLVING FENDER BEST PRACTICE

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

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation has committed to supporting PIANC as the industry body focuses efforts on evolving best practice guidance for fender systems, in an effort to drive up standards and improve safety across the industry.

Trelleborg is committed to assisting PIANC wherever possible and has been a PIANC Platinum Partner since 2014. The company recently increased its involvement with the PIANC Young Professionals Commission, in particular.

We have a longstanding association with PIANC and support the important work the organization does in setting guidance for ports and vessels alike. Recently however, we’ve really focused on backing the Young Professionals’ programs run by PIANC.

I see these as the most critical audience, since the young engineers being trained and supported now will go on to shape the future of our industry. With the world we are living in changing so rapidly, we must make sure they are well placed to evolve our industry and ensure we remain relevant within it.”

Trelleborg sponsored the 2nd PIANC YP-COM Asian Seminar in the Philippines, with our materials expert, Mishra Kumar, speaking on ‘New trends and the development of fenders’. Pablo Arecco, YP-Com Chairman also visited our facility in the Philippines with two young people from the PIANC’s Commission.

During PIANC’s Singapore Young Professional’s event the following week, Louis van Schel, Secretary-General at PIANC, and other young people from the commission were invited to Trelleborg’s marine systems office in Singapore and its fender manufacturing facility. Trelleborg and PIANC held extensive talks on the best way to approach potential updates to PIANC’s 2002 ‘Guidelines for the Design of Fender Systems’, in order to ensure falsified test certification is eliminated from the industry.

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TRELLEBORG TO LAUNCH PORT INFRASTRUCTURE AND INNOVATION SEMINAR SERIES

Marco Gaal, Regional Director at Trelleborg’s marine systems operation

Here at Trelleborg, we’re constantly looking for ways to develop our offering to meet new market needs. To do so, we try to ensure that we’re communicating with the market as much as possible to gain valuable insights and feedback on our offering. 

As such, we will be hosting two exclusive one-day seminars featuring the themes of port infrastructure and innovation. Held on 24th March at the Mercure Hotel, Den Haag Leidschendam in Holland, and on 26th March at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London, the free seminars will see myself and a number of colleagues, as well as a number of guest speakers from across the industry, discuss a range of key industry issues, including the optimization of whole-life performance in fender systems. The seminars will provide attendees with valuable insights into marine fender design and selection best practice, and the latest docking and mooring innovations to improve efficiency and improve performance.

The new series of seminars will allow us to talk in-depth with contractors and consultants so we can ensure we’re up to date with the latest market developments and can evolve our offering to meet them.

Ultimately, it’s vital that suppliers meet the needs of their clients by offering support in the areas that customers need it most, be that maintenance, training or other operational requirements across the entire product lifecycle. In our new series of seminars, we’re striving to ensure we do exactly that.

For more information about the conference, or if you’d like to register your attendance at either seminar, visit: http://trelleborg.tecs1.com/Consultant

 

TRELLEBORG LAUNCHES NEW RUBBER COMPOUND FOR TUG FENDERS

Mishra Kumar, Global and Technical Market Support Manager at Trelleborg’s marine systems operation

Tugs may be fitted with up to four types of fender, tadalafil no prescription each serving a particular purpose. The problem is, as tugs have become more powerful, choosing the right type, size and arrangement has become increasingly critical. It’s now more important than ever to look for ways to increase service life, in order to offset the increased damage that comes with the increased power of the tugs.

To accommodate these needs, we’ve recently developed a new High Performance Super Abrasion Resistant (HPSAR) tug fender, which utilizes an innovative, superior rubber compound. The application of this distinctive and improved compound not only significantly increases the service life of the fender, but also gives the fender a lower density than traditional solutions, contributing to reduced weight and increasing potential savings.

With tug vessels used fenders as bumpers to move larger vessels, they are constantly being pushed against steel surfaces that cause the fender to wear and tear quickly. Common complaints about the tug fenders that are currently standard across the market include the fact that they are easily damaged, heavy, and prone to chipping and chunking.

The improved service life and reduced maintenance requirements of the new HPSAR tug fender highlights just how much rubber compound composition impacts fender performance. In especially harsh environments, such as those in which tug fenders operate, this is essential to avoiding incidents and downtime resulting from when standard solutions fail.

The new HPSAR tug fenders have already proved their value in demanding operational environments, and we’ve already secured contracts to supply the HPSAR fender system to two tugs operating in a port in North Western Australia. The port’s previous solution was chipping, chunking and wearing out quickly in a particularly difficult operational environment.

The HPSAR compound provided a much higher abrasion resistance in combination with a set of very high mechanical properties, meeting the client’s need for a longer lifecycle and reducing maintenance costs. As the geometry of the fender was specified by the client to meet the same parameters as the current solution, the improved performance could be isolated to the superior rubber compound.

It is essential that tug fenders using the new compound are specified by more than simply traditional parameters such as abrasion resistance, tensile strength, tear resistance and elongation at break. With that said, to ensure the quality and performance of the new tug fenders, the chemical composition requirements should be specified. This may include standards for density, polymer percentage, carbon black percentage, ash percentage and polymer to filler ratio.

Rubber compound chemical composition should be evaluated upon receipt of the final product, to ensure that the fenders will perform in harsh conditions over a long service life. As such, we’ve developed a new analytical test that allows our customers to do exactly that.

For more information on the new HPSAR compound, or fender system, visit: www.trelleborg.com/Marine-Systems/

 

EDUCATING THE SUPPLY CHAIN TO NAVIGATE THE OBSTACLES TO PORT PERFORMANCE

Following on from chapter two of our Port Performance Roundtable film, we are delighted to launch the third and final chapter – “An Educated Supply Chain”.

Chapter three, which is now live on the MarineInsights YouTube channel, takes fenders as a microcosm for wider port infrastructure, to explore whether port owners and operators are fully aware of the infrastructure implications of increasing vessel sizes. Simply put, there seems to be a huge lack of product awareness that needs to be addressed. But who is responsible for this education? Are suppliers culpable?

As we discuss in chapter three, it’s time for suppliers to accept responsibility for their products and make themselves available strategically and operationally, to provide the market with the education it requires.

With that said, suppliers need to extend their role beyond simply installation. They should provide comprehensive support over the entire product lifecycle helping port owners and operators to optimize their products and boost port performance.

Leading suppliers should also be in frequent dialogue with consultants to ensure specifications guarantee the highest standard of solutions available. They should also work closely with contractors during supply and installation, to ensure that the high standards set out by the specifications are met.

Ultimately, it is vital that suppliers meet the needs of their clients by offering support in the areas that customers need it most, be that maintenance, training or other operational requirements across the entire product lifecycle.

To view chapter three of the Port Performance Roundtable film, visit: http://ow.ly/FJdY7

To download the Barometer Report, visit: http://ow.ly/Ed95A

PORT INDUSTRY HAMSTRUNG BY CONSERVATIVE APPROACH TO UPGRADING PORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Following on from chapter one of our Port Performance Roundtable film, we are delighted to launch chapter two – “Using the Right Technology”.

Chapter two, which is now live on the MarineInsights YouTube channel, explores whether there has been a shift in how port authorities and terminal operators are evaluating their infrastructure to keep up with the demands placed upon them.

The Barometer Report revealed that 40% of port owners and operators don’t think their existing port infrastructure is adequate to accommodate increasing vessel sizes. So what is preventing them from upgrading their infrastructure?

As we discuss in chapter two, it’s not so much a lack of technology that’s holding them back, but the wider industry’s conservative approach to the adoption of new technologies. Whilst technology continues to advance, providing another route for facilities to take to keep up with the demands placed upon them, the Barometer Report also revealed that 19% of port owners and operators admitted to not using any automated systems at their facility.

Automated systems improve accuracy in monitoring and management, improving efficiency and allowing quick decisions to be made through real-time access to key data.

Docking aid Systems improve safety as the vessel comes in to berth, with the data they provide allowing jetty operators, pilots and ship masters to make early corrections to manoeuvres, long before a potential incident occurs.

Facilities that are not using these automated tools jeopardise efficiency and safety, and run the risk of becoming antiquated – they certainly won’t be able to keep up with the new breed of terminal that is currently emerging.

The port landscape is evolving quickly, with increasing and diverse demand. Larger vessel sizes and more stringent environmental regulations mean facilities need to quickly upgrade their infrastructure now. Those that don’t will suffer in a bullish market, as new, modern terminals multiply and others quickly upgrade.

To view chapter two of the Port Performance Roundtable film, visit: http://ow.ly/F7ZxW

To download the Barometer Report, visit: http://ow.ly/Ed95A

UNSCHEDULED DOWNTIME IS STILL HOLDING BACK THE PORT INDUSTRY

Our latest Barometer Report has revealed that unscheduled downtime is still a problem in the port industry.

We found that 74% of port owners and operators are still suffering unscheduled downtime. Fender damage was the most frequently cited cause, with 20% of owners and operators having suffered downtime due to damage to their systems.

The high incidence of fender damage and the subsequent downtime may be due to a lack of awareness on how to specify a truly quality system, something which really needs to be improved upon. 61% of the consultants and contractors we surveyed claim that their clients are concerned about upfront purchase costs, which could explain the poorly-performing solutions.

To me, the results of the survey suggest that fender system performance and quality is a serious issue. Two-thirds of port owners and operators say that they have upgraded their fender systems in the last five years – despite the fact that fender systems have an intended design life of 25 years.

The many upgrades which have taken place in recent years could be indicative of poor quality solutions which have to be constantly upgraded, with clients’ focus on cost-cutting a potential cause.

Levels of unscheduled downtime have decreased over time, which is a positive step, but any amount of downtime is costly in terms of lost revenue and damaged reputation. Concern about upfront costs is understandable, but in the long term, poor solutions can result in even bigger costs. Contractors and consultants should educate themselves on how to specify quality to steer clients away from cost-cutting upfront and towards investing in quality solutions that will perform well over a long design life.

To view the full results of the latest Barometer Report, visit the Trelleborg Marine Systems website.

REMEMBERING GRAEME RUSSELL

Scott Smith, Regional Director – Asia Pacific, Trelleborg Marine Systems.

I recently learnt of the death of a former colleague and one of the pioneers of our industry, Graeme Russell, and did not want to let this pass without acknowledging his huge contribution to the rubber industry and to the marine fender industry specifically.

Graeme was the inventor of the Cone fender, an innovation that revolutionised the industry over 30 years ago. Before the Cone fender, the Cell fender represented the industry standard and Graeme’s patent signified a leap in performance, with the Cone fender having a much higher efficiency than its predecessors and exhibiting a high energy absorption to reaction force ratio.

In fact, the biggest ever contract for fender systems, which we won back in 2012 included 557 Super Cone fenders.  This order was placed for the New Port Project in Doha – a state of the art port that needed a state of the art solution, which would not have been possible without Graeme’s innovation.

I worked with Graeme at Queensland Rubber Company and subsequently at Fentek, which was established following a manufacturing and research and development agreement with Hercules, and saw Graeme’s commitment to both companies first hand as they grew, until his eventual retirement in 2001.

Trelleborg acquired Fentek, a company owned by Graeme amongst others, back in 2001. As well as the Cone fender, what made Fentek such an attractive prospect for Trelleborg was the company’s constant drive for quality. Graeme, who had a PhD in Chemical Engineering, was continually looking for ways to improve elastomeric compounds, and applied his expertise to enable innovative design in rubber and composite components, used for many engineering purposes beyond fender systems.

Of course, the optimisation and application of rubber compounds remains at the heart of what we at Trelleborg do today. Much of our work still focuses on how we can produce solutions that will better perform, reduce costs and improve safety through the understanding and evolution of rubber compound composition.

 

SOUTHAMPTON CONTAINER TERMINAL TURNS TO TRELLEBORG TO ENABLE BERTHING OF LARGER VESSELS

We were recently awarded the contract to supply over 70 Unit Element fender systems to DP World, Southampton, which will berth the latest ultra-large container ships.

I believe that our consistency in performance and engineering expertise has supported our relationship with the terminal.  We’ve worked together for a while now, and this contract brings total amount of fenders supplied to over 110.

Brin Humphreys, head of Engineering at DP World Southampton, said: “Due to the proven performance of the systems supplied by Trelleborg, we had no hesitation in turning to them once again. It was clear they had the capabilities to successfully deliver our expectations and requirements again.”

We have worked closely with DP World Southampton for over 10 years, first installing our Unit Element fenders in 1996 on SCT 1 Berth.

When refurbishment began on SCT berths 2, 3 and 4, in 2011, DP World chose us to keep the solution in line with SCT 1. We are delighted that we yet again had the opportunity to work with DP World Southampton using our unique solutions for such an important project.

On completion of the current project, Southampton will offer 1.87 kilometres of deep water quay, with up to 16 meters depth alongside. In addition, the 16 quayside gantry cranes with super post panamax capacity will allow for berthing of vessels over 400 meters in length.

It is vital that infrastructure keeps up with the ever increasing size of vessels and therefore we are delighted to be designing, manufacturing and installing our bespoke fender systems for a facility that places such importance on proactively keeping up with demand.

 

 

A NOVEL SOLUTION FOR A NOVEL APPLICATION

Last year, we launched our range of pneumatic and foam fenders to the rental market in a bid to relieve the burden placed on port operators and owners, needing high quality solutions quickly. So, I wanted to share with you a novel application the solution has served. We have supplied six of our high quality 1.5 x 3 metre pneumatic fenders to Shetland Maritime Ltd, on a long term lease.

The fenders will safeguard the mooring of one of several floating hotels – or floatels – based on barges, helping to provide accommodation for up to 1,070 workers employed on two multi-million pound industrial projects in the Shetland Islands.

Our cost-effective rental service provided the ideal solution for the docking of the accommodation vessel, which demanded a high quality assured fendering system capable of providing a safe and reliable cushion between the vessel and quay for the duration of both projects.

Our pneumatic fenders are ideal for semi-permanent, cost effective operations; they’re fast and easy to deploy, and they require minimal maintenance. Known for their massive energy absorption, they also have a low reaction force that makes them an ideal ship protection medium for LNG vessels, ocean platforms, floating structures, large docks and many load sensitive structures. All our pneumatic fenders are also ISO: 17357:2002 certified – and can be delivered to fit with tight lead times, just get in touch to see what we can do.

To find out more about our rental service, visit: http://ow.ly/rpkUt