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.”