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

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation will showcase its Universal Safety Link (USL) technology at the 6th annual LNG Bunkering Summit (29 -31 January) in Amsterdam.

The LNG Bunkering Summit brings together global players from leading ports, LNG terminal operators, ship operators, ship owners, LNG suppliers, and LNG technology providers to develop strategic partnerships and common strategy to drive the LNG Bunkering market forward. The three-day event will provide attendees with perspectives across the entire supply chain on decision making, planning, development, operation, safety and training processes that have allowed them to successfully move forward in the LNG Bunkering market.

With more LNG capacity coming on stream year on year we are seeing increasing demand not just for large scale transportation of cargoes but also for more FSRU applications and of course the growth of LNG bunkering and fueling for marine vessels. All of these applications have in common one key requirement. The safe, efficient and timely transfer of LNG from one tank system to another. One key critical element in achieving this is the ship-shore interface.

Paul Radage, Sales Director at Trelleborg’s marine systems operation UK, will take to the stage to discuss the importance of ship-shore link systems and the requirement  to ensure that newly installed systems remain compatible not only with each other but also with the existing installed base.

The safe, efficient transportation and transfer of LNG as a cargo has had an enviable safety record over its 40 year history. We have all, at some point, had a part to play in delivering that record and during the LNG Bunkering Summit we will learn from each other about how we will seek to maintain this record while rising to the new challenges and applications the industry presents.

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

Linked ship-shore Emergency Shut-Down (ESD) systems have been a recognized safety feature of traditional LNG carrier transfer operations for many years. However, provisions of linked ESD systems in the emerging trades of LNG FSRU and LNG bunkering, as well as the non-methane gas distribution between ships and terminals, are being hampered by the lack of an accepted industry standard for equipment, to achieve the required connection.

To that end, I am delighted to reveal that Technical Director, Andrew Stafford has been appointed as Task Group Leader of the ASTM International Standard for Liquefied Gas Ship Shore Links’ (SSL) standardization group.

Andrew and the team that will be built for the Task Group will look to develop an industry-wide standard, covering the minimum requirements for the safe transfer of liquefied gasses using SSLs. Ultimately providing recommendations for how we can take welcome steps forward in evolving the inter-connection of ESD systems for universal adoption.

ASTM International is a globally recognized leader in the development and delivery of voluntary consensus standards. Today, over 12,000 ASTM International standards are used around the world to improve product quality, enhance health and safety, strengthen market access and trade, and build consumer confidence.

Trelleborg has supplied SSL systems since 1996 and is the leading supplier globally, having received contracts for over 650 systems. The company’s extensive knowledge and experience led to the development of Trelleborg’s SMART SSL system. This system can be supplied as a stand-alone one for existing tonnage or for integration with other key safety and monitoring systems. It provides a significant improvement over previous operator interfaces and simplifies control and set-up.

Trelleborg’s SSL falls within the company’s SmartPort portfolio. SmartPort is Trelleborg’s answer to the need for a standardized way to collect and store data. It is a technology platform that connects port operations, allowing users to analyze asset performance and apply data insights, to improve day-to-day decision making.

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