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MAKING CERTAIN OF THE BEST SOLUTION THROUGH COLLABORATION

We recently worked with ABG Shipyard Ltd in Gujarat, India, to develop a bespoke fendering solution which needed to overcome the high tidal variation, underwater current and high wind velocity that they face at their shipyard.

The work we did with ABG Shipyard is a great example of how much added value a bespoke solution, considered on the merits of the specific development, can bring to a project.  When we talk about the benefits of bespoke solutions, it’s often in terms of safety and reducing maintenance – and therefore enabling whole life cost savings. In this case, overcoming the various hurdles brought about in the project, and sticking to a tight timeframe saved ABG Shipyard about €2 million of cost for their project.

The solution required for ABG Shipyard meant that a lot of operational hurdles needed to be overcome, in addition to the demanding environmental considerations, the system was required to meet the conflicting demands of an economical jetty design, whilst being able to accommodate high impact loads.

The solution we came to ultimately used two piles connected with a fabricated frame to improve the load carrying capacity of the jetty. Parallel motion fenders were then installed on the centre of these beams to further reduce impact on the structure, eliminating conventional fenders but providing the most cost effective and easily installed solution, with a quick turnaround time.

The beam structure was designed at our Design Centre of Excellence in India, which also carried out stress analysis of the proposed system.  The complete proposal, including stress analysis, was reviewed and approved by ABG Shipyard and their structural consultant, engineers, as well as being validated by British Maritime (BMT), who acted as independent third party design review.

We worked closely with ABG’s civil consultant and technical team and combined our design and manufacturing capabilities with their knowledge of the specific environmental conditions they work with every day.  Thanks to this sharing of expertise, we were able to develop an effective solution that perfectly met the needs of the project.

I’ll leave you with a few words from D.N. Mathur, Senior Vice President of Projects at ABG Shipyard Ltd. I think Mr Mathur’s words summarise how much value a tailor made solution can add, and the need for suppliers to be involved at the design stage, to maximise operational efficiencies, and reduce costs.

“Trelleborg worked with our civil consultant and technical team to develop a custom-built solution, without overrunning on tight project timelines. Overcoming the operational hurdles posed by the rough environmental conditions at the jetty within this timeframe meant a saving of approximately €2 million to ABG.”

CAPITALISING ON INDIA’S ENGINEERING & DESIGN EXCELLENCE

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

Indian Centre of Excellence

Trelleborg Marine Systems' newly expanded Indian Centre of Excellence

India West – an online portal for the global Indian community – this week reported that the country’s population still dominates science and engineering with Indian-born US migrants making up the vast majority of graduates in these specialisms (43.1%).

Asia has long been held up for its engineering excellence – with China coming in a close second – so it’s no surprise that global enterprises committed to keeping at the forefront of technical excellence have invested in a strong presence in the region.

Trelleborg has benefitted from a dedicated design and engineering centre in India since 2009 – a resource that is heavily relied upon by the Marine Systems division and other product areas within the Trelleborg Engineered Systems group. Indeed, the centre has become so crucial to our competitive standing as a complete ‘cradle to grave’ supplier that we’ve recently moved to new premises to centralise and expand our unique engineering and design set-up.

While we boast some level of in-house expertise at our regional offices, the more detailed engineering design, modelling and analysis aspects are now sent to the new Indian Centre of Excellence in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, for further progression. Here the business is split into two areas.  The first is engineering and design support for Trelleborg’s worldwide offices – covering Australia, Singapore, China, Japan, India, Dubai, the USA and Europe – and the second focuses on regional sales into India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

We have very high expectations for the performance of the improved engineering and design centre as a market leading offering – not least because, while our competitors choose to outsource their engineering and manufacturing requirements and thereby relinquish some degree of control, having our capabilities centralised in this way means we can maintain watertight quality right through the supply chain. Moreover, it enables us to drive cost efficiencies, improve collaboration and encourage cross fertilisation of ideas across our global offices.

If you’re a port owner, contractor or consultant interested in seeing this unique facility for yourself we’d be happy to give you the guided tour – leave a comment and we’ll get back to you.