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COLLABORATION IS KEY – TRELLEBORG HOSTS THCC SEMINARS

By Richard Hepworth, President, Trelleborg marine systems operation

Vessel sizes are becoming larger, competition is increasing and broader alliances between shipping lines are being established. These factors combine to put increased pressure on ports and terminals. Our industry is famously conservative, but change is coming quickly. There will be a need for more collaboration – as different stakeholders have different strengths. This will make partnerships throughout the supply chain and across industries critical.

After signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in 2017, strategically, this is what both we and Third Harbor Consultants Company (THCC) are doing. Collaborating. To further innovation and enable improvements for our ports and vessels. Recently, this saw Trelleborg host two technical seminars (20 & 21 June) in China with consultants and engineers from THCC and CCCC Water Transportation Consultants Company (WTCC).

The seminars provided consultants and engineers from THCC and WTCC with a comprehensive overview of SmartPort by Trelleborg, which powers the critical interface between ship and port, on land and at sea. SmartPort connects port operations, allowing operators to analyze performance and use data to increase efficiencies, improve safety and improve ROI for ports and vessels alike. The system integrates assets like fenders, mooring equipment, ship performance monitoring, and navigation systems through a network of sensors.

The seminars also provided insight on two solutions that fall under the SmartPort portfolio. The first being AutoMoor, Trelleborg’s rope-free, automated mooring system that uses smart technologies to enable faster berthing and improve safety levels within the port environment.

The second was Smart Fender, a marine fender load monitoring system that can be used to measure both the impact on fenders when a vessel berths, and the ongoing force applied as the vessel continues to bear against them whilst docked. When analyzed, the data obtained has the potential to be used in several ways: such as developing a deeper understanding of berthing dynamics, which in turn could assist with future fender and wharf design, and further, feed into the revision of safe and acceptable berthing operations and procedures.

Additionally, load data may be used to determine when maintenance is needed, or indeed, a replacement fender is required. In the event of an accident, or a fender failing, the data can be used to provide information as to why – providing valuable data for insurance claims and helping ports and shipping lines to avoid the costly downtime associated with disputes.

For more on SmartPort by Trelleborg, visit: http://www.trelleborg.com/en/marine-systems/smartport

TRELLEBORG MARINE SYSTEMS TO EXHIBIT AT SEA JAPAN 2018

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

We will be exhibiting our portfolio of advanced marine fender system solutions, docking and mooring equipment, oil and gas transfer technology and piloting solutions at Sea Japan 2018, to be held from 11 to 13 April at the Tokyo Big Sight Exhibition Center in Tokyo, Japan.

Attracting more than 19,000 visitors from across the globe, Sea Japan is the country’s largest and fastest growing international commercial marine show.  Sea Japan provides the ideal platform to showcase our comprehensive range of advanced, high performance solutions to one of Trelleborg’s key markets. Japan, being a highly quality-driven market, complements the Trelleborg ethos and our unwavering commitment to taking a smarter approach to port and terminal efficiency.

On stand, we will showcase SafePilot, our new generation of navigation & piloting software, designed by a dedicated team of software programmers working closely together with worldwide maritime pilots. The result is the most professional and user friendly PPU (Portable Pilot Unit) software. A touch screen interface allows quick interaction to make piloting smoother. The instant zoom function and new intelligent chart structure improves response and decision-making times, giving pilots greater control and accuracy in maneuver.

SafePilot is part of SmartPort, our answer to the need for a standardized way to collect and use data. It’s a technology platform that connects port operations, allowing users to analyze asset performance and apply data insights, to improve day-to-day decision making for optimized operations; improved safety, reduced costs, greater sustainability and increased revenue return. Putting our customers’ needs at the center, SmartPort is setting the true course for consistent commercial success, now and for the future.

To find out more, visit Trelleborg at Sea Japan 2018 on booth number P-48.

TRELLEBORG PARTNERS WITH CCCC THIRD HARBOR CONSULTANTS

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

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Third Harbor Consultants Company (THCC), one of China’s largest survey and design institutions in transportation and port engineering, and subsidiary of the state-owned China Communications Construction Company (CCCC). The MoU was confirmed during a signing ceremony at Hotel Wanda Reign on the Bund, Shanghai (November 6).

The joint collaboration will see the co-authoring of mooring and infrastructure design whitepapers and provides the potential for the co-development of new marine technologies to support the evolution of China’s ports and vessels. Across a number of its upgrade projects THCC will also trial AutoMoor, Trelleborg’s rope-free, automated mooring system that uses smart technologies to enable faster berthing and improve safety levels within the port environment. This will enable theoretical and empirical studies of mooring analysis versus actual site performance.

Vessel sizes are becoming larger, competition is increasing and broader alliances between shipping lines are being established. These factors combine to put increased pressure on ports and terminals. Our industry is famously conservative, but change is coming quickly. There will be a need for more collaboration – as different stakeholders have different strengths. This will make partnerships throughout the supply chain and across industries critical.

Strategically, this is what both we and THCC are already doing. Collaborating. To further innovation and enable improvements for our ports and vessels. The Chinese market is incredibly important to Trelleborg. We look forward to working closely with THCC and learning more from them about where our product development should focus in order to best meet the needs of China’s world class ports as they continue to evolve.

Prior to the signing of the MoU, Trelleborg hosted a technical seminar in Shanghai (September 26) providing THCC consultants and engineers with a comprehensive overview of AutoMoor and its wider 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.

I’ll leave you with a few comments from Mr Shen Ming Da, Board Chairman of THCC:

“THCC is committed to the evolution of ports and terminals both domestically and internationally. Therefore the signing of the MoU with Trelleborg, which strives to facilitate port and terminal operational optimization, is a natural progression of our existing relationship. Bringing both organizations together allows us to capitalize on the best of both companies, to the benefit of facilities across China and beyond.”

For more information on Trelleborg’s SmartPort portfolio, including AutoMoor, visit: http://www.trelleborg.com/en/marine-systems

 

 

 

COLLABORATION IS KING FOR THE HALO EFFECT

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

As part of our recent ‘Preparing for the Port of the Future’ Report, renowned futurist Gerd Leonhard highlighted the need for us an industry to get to grips with the fact that the future isn’t about doing one thing best, it’s about connecting to others that are leading in adjacent and relevant fields.

It’s in this spirit that we’ve forged a new strategic partnership with Teekay Marine Solutions which is part of Teekay, one of the world’s largest marine energy, transportation, storage and production companies.

Bringing together Trelleborg’s manufacturing capability and Teekay’s operations expertise, we’ve launched HALO Fenders, a new premium pneumatic fender offering. With stock in three strategic locations to ensure fast global delivery, there are 32 rental and service bases with a fleet of 400 fenders to ensure we can provide fast, local maintenance and repair.

Working with Teekay, we can provide a premium offering that enables operators to source, deploy and maintain pneumatic fenders safely and efficiently, with a reassuring service structure that ensures these high quality solutions are supported for the life of the project.

We’ve worked closely with Teekay to develop what we believe is an industry leading offer – and one that supports the needs of STS transfer as well as the wider marine market. I believe that HALO Fenders will offer unbeatable safety, reliability and responsiveness – enabling operators to guarantee efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

We’ll be launching HALO Fenders at Gastech in Tokyo (4-7 April), so if you’re attending come and see us on stand 16-320 in hall 2.

 

TALKING TERMINAL AUTOMATION: WE’RE BACK AT THE PTI CONFERENCE

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

We’re gearing up for a big year this year. We’ve talked a lot about how the industry is changing – and must continue to change – to effectively embrace smart technologies.

We’re keen to talk to like-minded industry stakeholders and find out what their plans are too.

The Port and Terminal Automation and Training Conference is the perfect place. Last year’s conference was a huge success and a really interesting platform for debate, and I’m very much looking forward to participating in this year’s two day event.

The marine industry is at a crucial point in its journey towards a new, more efficient and automated future. We want Trelleborg to be at the heart of it. We’re looking forward to discussing the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead with some of the biggest names in port and terminal automation and training.

To find out more about the conference, visit: http://ow.ly/g2j6308nhBs – and watch this space for more news from Trelleborg on how we’re embracing smart technologies and evolving accordingly.

 

 

TRELLEBORG HOSTS PORT PERFORMANCE SEMINAR IN GREECE

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

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation hosted an exclusive one-day seminar for port authorities and consultants in partnership with the company’s exclusive agent for Greece, Seamark Marine on 1st March at the Metropolitan Chandris Hotel in Athens, Greece.

The free seminar saw experts at Trelleborg discuss a range of key industry issues including marine fender selection, infrastructure regulation, the latest in docking and mooring technology, and floating fender and buoy design. In addition, the importance of rubber compound composition in the whole-life performance of fender systems was also on the agenda.

The seminar provided the ideal platform for us to connect with port authorities and consultants to discuss the importance of taking a smarter approach to port and terminal equipment optimization through the specification of smart, engineered solutions for port approach, berthing, docking and mooring. This will enable ports and terminals to reap the rewards of better informed real-time and strategic decision making, both onshore and on board the vessel.

Following on from the seminar in Athens we will host further one-day events across Europe, which we’ll be revealing more information about in due course.

TRELLEBORG HOSTS TECHNICAL SEMINAR FOR THE HONG KONG INSTITUTE OF VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL

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

On 25th of February, Trelleborg’s marine systems operation hosted a technical seminar for the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Training Council’s Department of Construction at our factory in Singapore.

Attended by lecturers from the largest vocational and professional education and training provider in Hong Kong, the seminar saw experts at Trelleborg discuss the latest in integrated berthing and mooring systems for ports and terminals, as well as the life cycle and design parameters of marine fenders.

Following the seminar, attendees were given a full factory tour which included the facility’s rubber lab. This provided visitors with the opportunity to see the latest developments in rubber technology first hand and the impact these technical advances have on performance and lifecycle.

It was great to see the enthusiasm of the group and we are delighted that such an esteemed educational institution is to incorporate key insights from the seminar in its training curriculum to equip civil engineering and construction students with integrated berthing and mooring systems best practice knowledge.

This is testament to Trelleborg’s unrivalled reputation and industry expertise. It was a pleasure to host the visit, and we very much look forward to the next one.

 

2015 TWENTY20 CRICKET CHALLENGE

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

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation recently held the latest in its series of Cricket Challenges in Ahmedabad, India.

Starting in 2010, these cricket games have featured teams from the local marine systems Engineering Centre, based in Ahmedabad, versus a multi-national team from the marine systems BU management team.

As usual, this year’s game was a closely fought contest (well not that close really!!), with the local Indian team narrowly coming out as winners. (Actually the Management team were thrashed! Again!)

As in previous years, the friendship and camaraderie between the two teams was fantastic to see. We’re already looking forward to the next game. But perhaps it will be football next time.

The cricket game coincided with a management meeting held at the marine systems Engineering Centre, located in the centre of Ahmedabad. This centre now employs close to 40 skilled, graduate engineers, who support the global marine systems business, covering mechanical, structural and electrical engineering disciplines. It is also starting to provide engineering support to other Trelleborg businesses.

TRELLEBORG SHIPS 600TH LNG SHIP SHORE LINK

By Dave Pendleton, Managing Director, Trelleborg’s marine systems operation, UK

I am delighted to announce that we have recently passed a major milestone with the shipment of our 600th SeaTechnikTM Ship Shore Link (SSL) system for the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Industry.

The SeaTechnikTM SMART SSL system will be installed on a 174,000m3 LNG Carrier (Hull number 2411), being built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) at its Okpo ship yard, Goeje Island, South Korea, for Teekay shipping Limited.

The majority of the world’s LNG cargo fleet and terminals are equipped with SSL technology, a system for communicating the emergency shutdown (ESD) signals, telephone and process data required when cargo transfer is undertaken from ship-to-shore and from shore-to-ship.

We’re proud of our track record in customer service and innovation. Teekay and DSME have been key customers for us since the introduction of the first SeaTechnikTM SSL product 15 years ago. Innovation is an essential part of who we are and we have constantly evolved our technology, from the first analogue systems, to the latest digital systems controlling complex Floating Regasification and Storage Units (FSRU) and LNG fuelling for marine vessels – which include full process data transfer between vessels and terminals.

We view the support service as equally important to the technology itself. A ship costing many tens of thousands of dollars per day to run, and carrying a cargo worth several million dollars, is an expensive asset to have inactive because the SSL interface cannot be connected to transfer the LNG cargo. Our SeatechnikTM SSL technology, and importantly, 24/7 service to test, maintain and repair equipment has a proven track record in making sure this will not happen.

In such an important market, and one that has seen many SSL suppliers come and go, often leaving customers exposed due to lack of support, we are proud of the fact the Trelleborg invested for the long term, and the reward is the 600 SSL milestone.

I’ll leave you with a few words from Odin, Kwon of DSME shipyard and David Glendinning, President of Teekay Gas Services:

Odin said: “As one of the world leaders in the supply of LNG carriers and Floating Regasification and Storage Units (FSRUs), we recognise that the SeaTechnikTM SSL is vital to the performance of our customers’ vessels as a trading asset.”

David said: “Our business is the safe, efficient transport of LNG for our customers. The SSL is a mission critical system in the cargo transfer process. Each of our vessels is also backed by Trelleborg’s Fleet Support Service which ensures an expert is always at the end of the phone or on email, 24/7.”

 

 

 

MARINE SYSTEMS OPERATION SPONSORS PIANC YOUNG PERSONS EVENT

By-line: William Tan, Regional Sales Manager, Trelleborg’s marine systems operation

You may have read that Trelleborg was the official sponsor of PIANC’s latest Young Professionals-Com (YP) networking event, which was held on 27 November at the iconic Boat Quay in Singapore.

YP-Com is dedicated to the career development of PIANC members 40 years of age and younger; locally, nationally and globally. The young persons’ events are designed to encourage global participation within PIANC, and facilitate networking amongst young and senior professionals.

Guests from various fields and regions joined PIANC to share their knowledge and experience, including regional and national consultants, construction companies and suppliers.  With a number of university students also in attendance, the event had a great mix of disciplines and provided a unique opportunity for networking and sharing best practice.

I also took to the stage to discuss a range of key industry issues, as well as Trelleborg’s longstanding association with PIANC.

Feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with many stating what an important platform these events offer for knowledge sharing and deepening learning within the field of marine infrastructure.

I’ll leave you with a couple of words from our Business Unit President to sum up why Trellebrog feels these events are so important.

Richard Hepworth, President of Trelleborg’s marine operation, says: “We have been a PIANC Platinum Partner for over a year now, and feel it’s incredibly important to use this platform to help develop and nurture new talent.  Many of our own employees are part of the PIANC YP program, and we are delighted to continue to be able to share Trelleborg’s research and work with our industry’s new generation.”