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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:





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.



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: – and watch this space for more news from Trelleborg on how we’re embracing smart technologies and evolving accordingly.




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.


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.



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.


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.”





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.”


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

I am delighted to announce that today, we have signed an agreement to acquire Marimatech A/S, a Danish company that designs and manufactures advanced marine positioning and piloting systems, specializing in the development of software used for docking and mooring ships offshore and in ports. The acquisition is expected to complete in the fourth quarter of this year.

Many of you reading this will already be aware of Marimatech’s portfolio of intelligent docking and mooring solutions, including the SafePilot and other PPUs, Berthing Aid Systems and Environmental Monitoring Systems.

Marimatech’s product portfolio is attractive to us, not only for the obvious synergies with our existing portfolio, but also for the opportunity the integration of both offerings represents.

Marimatech’s navigation and ship positioning product line uses the latest ‘smart’ technology and can be utilized in other applications. This technology can be integrated with our existing range, as we look to take a smarter approach to port and terminal efficiency, and extend the automation that is becoming increasingly well-established on the land side, to the jetty side too.

Of equal importance is the fact that Marimatech truly shares Trelleborg’s standards, having been built on the values of innovation, technology and quality.

Marimatech has a head office and production facility in Aarhus, Denmark, and, like Trelleborg, takes care of the full end to end solution, with in-house design, manufacturing and project management capacity.

I’ve been working closely with Niels Jorgen Vase, Managing Director at Marimatech for the last few months to ensure that the acquisition runs as smoothly as possible, and that both companies continue to deliver the same exceptional levels of service to our customers throughout the transition period. I’m very much looking forward to introducing our two teams and sharing best practice so that our customers can enjoy an enhanced product portfolio and even better service in future.


By Richard Hepworth, President of Trelleborg’s marine operation

Given the growing importance of nurturing young talent within the industry and our unwavering commitment to best practice as a PIANC Platinum Partner, we are delighted to be named as the official sponsor of PIANC’s latest Young Professionals-Com (YP) networking event, to be held on 27 November at The Penny Black in Singapore.

YP-Com is dedicated to the career development of PIANC members 40 years of age and younger; locally, nationally and globally. The event, which will also be attended by various industry leaders, is designed to encourage global participation within PIANC, and facilitate networking amongst young and senior professionals.

At the event, Regional Sales Manager of Trelleborg’s marine operation, William Tan, will take to the stage to discuss a range of key industry issues as well as Trelleborg’s longstanding association with PIANC.

For more information about the event, or if you’d like to register your attendance, contact Zigian Yang: