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LOOKING FORWARD TO THE FLNG WORLD CONGRESS 2015!

Alistair Traylen, Chief Systems Architect, Docking and Mooring Group

At the end of June, I’ll be speaking about developments in the ship-to-ship approach and berthing systems for FLNG at the FLNG World Congress in Singapore.

My presentation will form part of Stream D at the congress, covering ‘Flexible Technology Applications for Cost-Effective FLNG Operations’, and I’ll be discussing technologies, developments and the integration of the ship-to-ship approach and berthing systems, and how they are applicable in the FLNG market.

There are a number of complexities introduced to approach and berthing in ship-to-ship operations, and further arise in the LNG arena. As the FLNG market grows, docking and mooring technology and systems integration need to evolve rapidly to keep up with it.

In particular, I’ll talk about the complexities of banked mooring in terms of berthing and position monitoring, and how they affect the relative positioning requirements for FLNG ship-to-ship berthing. I will also outline considerations for specifying and evaluating ship-to-ship berthing systems.

I’ll leave you with some words from our President, Richard Hepworth, about why this rapidly evolving industry is so important to us, and I hope to see you at the congress!

“Trelleborg is a world leader in the design and manufacture of advanced systems for LNG applications, but we know that we need to continue to innovate to remain in this position.  One of the most valuable ways for us to inform about our developments is through peer-to-peer dialogue, which is just one of the reasons why we feel events like the FLNG World Congress are so important.”

For more information on Trelleborg’s marine systems operation, visit http://www.trelleborg.com/en/Marine-Systems

For more information about the FLNG World Congress, visit: http://www.flngworldcongress.com/

LATEST BAROMETER SURVEY CALLS FOR MARINE INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

We’ve recently launched our latest Barometer Report survey, to gather views and opinions from across the industry on a range of issues from investment, to maintenance, to performance and downtime.

So if you’re a port owner, operator, contractor or consultant, we want to hear about your experiences.  By taking ten minutes to complete the survey,  you’ll enter a free draw to win an iPad.

Last year’s report revealed an anticipated boost in investment for facilities around the world, as well as an opportunity for ports to get ahead by investing strategically in smart technologies and supplier service, with a focus on improving long term product performance.

The findings from last years’ report also pointed to the need for more supplier involvement across the whole supply chain. This year, we’re keen to see if suppliers are closing the gap between the maintenance requirements of port owners and operators, and the support that they are able to provide.

And with increasing and varied demands on facilities, such as the anticipated rise in LNG bunkering and ever-growing vessel sizes, we’re particularly keen to see if infrastructure is keeping pace and if facilities have the support they need to evolve accordingly.

To take part in the survey and enter the prize draw to win an iPad, visit: http://ow.ly/NscWd

TRELLEBORG BECOMES PIANC PLATINUM PARTNER

Here at Trelleborg, we have a longstanding association with PIANC. Not only do we have a number of people involved in technical working groups, but we’ve also participated in and sponsored a number of world congress events. After being the Platinum AGA sponsor of the 33rd PIANC World Congress at the beginning of June, I am delighted to reveal that we have cemented our commitment to best practice by becoming a PIANC Platinum Partner. As a manufacturer of mission critical port equipment, its essential to us to share knowledge with the industry body that guides standards across the board.

With PIANC continuing to set best practice guidance for so many, and varied, issues pertinent to waterborne transport infrastructure, they felt it was important to have a supplier on board that could contribute across such a broad spectrum.

With our expertise extending from shore-based infrastructure, to oil and gas and LNG; we’re well placed to contribute to a number of areas PIANC work within.

This year’s Congress resolution, set forth by PIANC, will investigate ongoing and emerging trends, technologies and business models. With that said, we here at Trelleborg look forward to being involved in contributing to this important discussion going forward.

For more information about PIANC, visit: www.PIANC.org

THANK YOU TO ALL THAT MADE GASTECH 2014 A SUCCESS!

As I spoke about before, we attended Gastech, in Seoul, South Korea at the end of March – and I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to all those involved in making the event such a success. We had some great results, but the highlight for me was meeting existing customers, as well as prospects, and introducing them to the exciting new products we had on stand.

We took advantage of the event to launch a brand new product, the Quick Release Hook (QRH) Compact Series, and to showcase our Trelleborg SeaTechnik™ USL.

The new QRH Compact Series looked fantastic on stand, and was extremely well received; creating a lot of interest with both our customers and the media that visited us.

But beyond showcasing our product offering, one of our key objectives for Gastech was to demonstrate Trelleborg’s strength within the liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector, having reinforced our commitment to the industry early last year with the acquisition of SeaTechnik.

SeaTechnik, now called Trelleborg Marine Systems UK Ltd is a world leader in the design and manufacture of systems for safeguarding the transfer of LNG between LNG carriers and shore terminals. Gastech provided us with a great opportunity to share with key stakeholders the exciting synergies this partnership represents and discuss our evolved offering in more detail.

The event also provided us with a platform to launch our new Performance People branding.  The branding is based on a new creative rationale which puts the Trelleborg Marine Systems brand essence of “Trusted, Committed Experts” at the core of our message to market.

By bringing the people behind our projects and into the foreground, our new creative and branding is intended to give our people ownership and pride in the products and solutions that Trelleborg Marine Systems offers. It allows us to bring our service offering to the foreground, showing the engineering expertise and market knowledge we offer, far beyond the supply of products and solutions.

Given that we had so much to talk about at the event, it goes without saying that there was a lot of preparation involved, so I wanted to say thank you to all that played a role in making Gastech a success. It was great to see the Performance People in action, and I look forward to working together closely to make the next one even more successful!

If we missed you at Gastech, you can find out more about the products we had on stand, and download our whitepaper “Leading edge performance in LNG”, here.

 

WE ARE EXPANDING OUR GLOBAL REACH WITH NEW HOUSTON OFFICE

Here at Trelleborg, our long-term strategy relies heavily on investment in markets with strong growth potential. In particular, at Trelleborg Marine Systems, we remain committed to growing our business in the fast moving global Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) industry.

Therefore, for Trelleborg’s Marine Systems Business Unit, establishing a presence in Houston – the long established capital of the global oil and gas industry – is essential. As such, we are delighted to announce we have opened a new sales and business development office in Houston, Texas, U.S.

The move will see us join colleagues from Trelleborg’s offshore operation in their facility, enabling us to work more collaboratively across functions and allowing both businesses to take advantage of the synergies our complementary product areas provide.

As a global company, we strongly believe that it’s important to have a local ‘feet on the ground’ presence within the regions that our customers operate.

As such, we will relocate our USA President, Faiyaz Kolsawala, to operate from Houston as well as a number of our global sales team, including a specialist docking and mooring representative and a dedicated oil and gas transfer and vessel technology salesperson, both will provide a closer relationship with customers in the area and the reassurance of a face-to-face presence. We will also be further strengthening our Houston-based sales team with several new appointments.

The regional sales office will serve the local U.S. and Gulf of Mexico markets across all five product areas of our marine operations: marine fender systems, oil and gas transfer technology, vessel technology, docking and mooring, and marine products.

The new Houston office will be strongly supported by the Americas’ headquarters in Clearbook, Virginia, which also includes polyurethane and foam-based marine products manufacturing facility serving the North American and global customer base, as well as Trelleborg’s engineering and design center of excellence in Ahmnedabad, India.

For more information, visit: www.trelleborg.com/en/Marine-Systems/

TRELLEBORG SHOWCASES SEATECHNIK™ UNIVERSAL SAFETY LINK

We recently showcased The USL is a truly innovative product that takes our expertise in large scale applications and applies it to an optimised product for the burgeoning small-scale LNG sector.

The safe control and operation of small scale LNG transfers and fueling pose special challenges, and the drive for a ship-shore link (SSL) of increased functionality in an assured compatibility package was secured with the USL.

Some of the key benefits of the system include automatic shutdown through an intrinsically safe Emergency Shutdown (ESD) backup system, assured inter-compatibility throughout the small-scale and fuelling supply chain, as well as in-built system test and diagnostics.

When connected to a receiving tank or vessel, the USL automatically configures itself to display the process conditions on board the remote receiving tank or vessel to the operator. This enables the operator to carefully manage the connected system, especially where LNG residue has “aged” and is warmer than fresh LNG, and adjust flow rates to avoid nuisance ESD trips or safety valve discharges.

The USL8810 allows a single operator to monitor both sides of the transfer process, and provides main and backup safety link systems for LNG transfer, as recommended by ISO 28460.

The USL, along with out new Compact Series of Quick Release Hooks (QRH) seemed to create a lot of interest at Gastech, and we received some great feedback on both products that will allow us to evolve them even further. We look forward to sharing more information with you as and when we can.

In the meantime, thanks to all for a great Gastech – look forward to the next one! If we missed you, you can find more information on our new USL, and all the other products we had on stand at http://www.trelleborg.com/en/Marine-Systems/Products-And-Solutions/Oil–Gas-Transfer-Technology/Gastech-2014/

A NEW COMPACT SERIES OF QUICK RELEASE HOOKS

We are pleased to announce that this week, we launched a brand new series of Quick Release Hooks (QRHs), designed specifically for smaller and simpler mooring applications, where traditional large and more complex QRHs are not appropriate.

Due to an increase in vessel size and the ongoing need to optimize safety, there has been an increasing demand for load monitoring and remote release functionality to reduce operators’ exposure to danger through controlled release of the mooring lines.

The need for these capabilities in a more compact footprint has largely driven the development of QRH Compact Series, improving the efficiency and safety of mooring operations at commercial ports and wharfs.  The new hooks can also be used as a replacement for more traditional bollard applications.

Additionally, we are also committed to our business in the LNG sector and believe many of the features of the new series of hooks will meet the needs of the small-scale LNG market as it evolves.

The Compact Series combines the knowledge of our vastly experienced engineering team with FEA software, providing an optimized solution for less complex and lower rating mooring applications.

The new hook also reduces maintenance requirements through a single stage locking mechanism which has fewer moving parts, and is available in a range of designs including single, double, triple, and quad hooks in capacities up to 50T.

If we missed you at Gastech, you can find more information on our new QRH Compact Series at http://www.trelleborg.com/en/Marine-Systems/

SEE YOU AT GASTECH 2014

My colleagues and I will be attending Gastech 2014 in Korea next week. As one of the world’s favorite meeting places for energy professionals working in the oil and gas industry, Gastech provides the ideal platform for us to exhibit our latest product innovations and get some deeper insights into what other delegates see as the most critical issues in the market.

At the show, we’ll be showcasing our brand new Compact Series of Quick Release Hooks (QRHs) which have been designed specifically for smaller and simpler mooring applications, where traditional large and more complex QRHs are not appropriate.

The hooks combine the knowledge of our vastly experienced engineering team with FEA software, and provide an optimized solution for less complex and lower rating mooring applications. They represent a viable alternative to bollards for commercial ports and fuel wharfs, and could also be used in the rapidly developing small-scale LNG sector.

In addition, we’ll also have our Seatechnik™ Universal Safety Link (USL) on stand, a truly innovative product optimized for the small scale LNG sector. The USL was developed in response to the market requirement for a Ship-Shore Link (SSL) which addressed the needs of the LNG marine fuel and small scale transfer market.

We have also developed a new LNG application briefing, ‘Leading-edge Performance in LNG”, which we’ll have available for delegates to take away from our stand. It discusses the evolution of docking and mooring solutions, fender systems and transfer technology across a range of LNG applications.

If you’re heading to Gastech 2014, which will take place at the Kintex, Korea from the 24th to the 27th March, make sure you come and see us on stand F160.

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

 

NEW WEBINAR HIGHLIGHTING COMPLEX SYSTEMS INTEGRATION REQUIREMENTS IN FSRUS

Following on from our new whitepaper, “Avoid the Disconnect”, we have also launched a new on-demand webinar for the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) sector, which discusses the increasing prevalence of Floating Storage and Regasification Units (FSRUs), the complexity these projects bring about in docking and mooring systems integration, and the importance of considering the jetty, FSRU and LNGC holistically.

The new webinar, “A Comprehensive Approach to FLNG Docking and Mooring Systems”, also examines the differing regulations on design requirements between jetty, FSRU and LNG Carrier, as well as highlighting the importance of centralised monitoring and communications systems, to streamline and align information sharing between all three entities.

In this new webinar, our technical expert will also talk you through the pitfalls of considering docking and mooring systems elements for FSRU projects in isolation and the impact of the mooring system arrangement on systems integration.

To view the new webinar, visit the TrelleborgMarine YouTube channel now: http://ow.ly/pJ8V6