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Ashley Tasker, Global Business Development Manager for Marine Products at Trelleborg Marine Systems

I am delighted to reveal that we will showcase our innovative range of IALA compliant modular navigation buoys at Seawork 2015 International, the largest and fastest growing international commercial marine and workboat exhibition and conference held in a European working port environment (16th to 18th June).

Our unique, comprehensive range of navigation buoys provides a solution to fit all demanding requirements – in addition to our standard range, we are able to manufacture to specification where required. The modular system provides an easily transported option to cut down turnaround time and enable fast installation, as they can be shipped in sections and assembled on site.

Manufactured from impact resistant, colour-fast, UV stable materials and comprising of sectional hull pieces filled with marine grade, water-resistant foam, Trelleborg’s range of IALA compliant modular navigation buoys is built around a hot dipped galvanised steel core. Available as standard in diameters ranging from 1.25 to 3.6 meters, Trelleborg will also manufacture precisely to specification where required.

We will also be taking the opportunity to showcase our range of Foam / Elastomer constructed mooring buoys. Thanks to their low maintenance, self-fendering resilient foam bodies and their ease of handling and repair whilst offshore, these are rapidly replacing traditional steel mooring buoys.

Our booth will also feature our pneumatic and foam fenders. As an ideal ship protection medium for load sensitive structures such as LNG vessels and ocean platforms, our range of pneumatic fenders feature high energy absorption with low reaction force. While our foam fenders are super tough due to a unique manufacturing process and have high energy absorption for their reactive load.

If you’re heading to Seawork 2015 and want to find out more, come and see us at booth number A187.

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Richard Hepworth, President, Trelleborg Marine Systems

We’ve recently been awarded the contract to supply over 100 of our SeaGuard foam fenders to Brunei Shell’s Kuala Belait supply base wharf in Brunei.

I wanted to highlight this contract because I feel it demonstrates the importance of considering material selection on the requirements and merits of each project and specification. We have previously worked to raise awareness of the viable alternative that foam offers to rubber fenders in many applications, and this was a great case in point.

In this case, a fast turnaround was essential – with delivery commencing this month and expected to complete in March.  Foam fenders represent a versatile and quickly installed solution, and so met the needs of the project perfectly.

93 fenders will span six berthing spaces, with spacing of 1.5 meters, covering a length along the entire Kuala Belait Supply Base Wharf of 325 meters. We will also supply an additional 21 fenders as spares.

I really feel that the strong track record of Trelleborg, and our in depth materials knowledge, won this contract. We were previously awarded the largest foam fender contract ever, delivering over 700 Seaguard™ foam fenders and accessories to the Port of Marseille.

I’ll leave you with a few words from Steven Raaj, Operations Director at contractor Waqi Sdn Bhd, who said: “Trelleborg’s Seaguard™ fenders provided a solution that could be installed quickly and assure low maintenance requirements going forward. Trelleborg’s reputation preceded the company too: we knew that we needed a supplier with a proven track record to be able to deliver such large quantities so quickly.”



By Richard Hepworth, Managing Director, Trelleborg Marine Systems

Despite our history in rubber technology, we’re keen to raise awareness in the market of the viable alternative that foam can offer when specifying fender systems, as it’s essential that decision makers are aware of the options available to them, and find the right solutions for specific projects, on a case by case basis.

Although rubber fenders remain the go-to solution for many, who may be keen to stick with the status quo or specify rubber out of habit, decision makers need to know there is a choice to make, and that rubber might not be the right option for certain projects.

Of course, rubber fenders do remain the preferred solution for a number of applications, but the durability and versatility of lightweight foam fenders, as well as potential cost savings, lower maintenance requirements and simpler installation, make them a real contender in many project specifications where they might be overlooked.

Our new ‘Mini Guide to Foam Fenders’ features a new ‘Fender Selector’ tool, which aims to guide decision makers towards the right solution for their project.

To download Trelleborg’s new Foam Fenders Mini Guide, click here.