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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 QINGDAO FACTORY RECEIVES IECEx CERTIFICATION

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

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation in Qingdao has received International Electrotechnical Commission Explosive (IECEx) certification for the manufacture of explosion-proof equipment. As a result, Trelleborg is able to completely manufacture and calibrate its Quick Release Hook (QRH) Load Cells in-house, ensuring complete control over manufacturing, calibration and quality processes.

While many QRH manufacturers outsource the machining of their Load Cells, we’ve long invested in our in-house facilities. Housing state-of-the-art CNC machines, gauging equipment and a calibration instrument, our Qingdao factory enables us to manufacture and calibrate Load Cells for our entire product range in-house, meaning we have full control over the design and quality of everything we produce – something no other QRH manufacturer is able to guarantee.

Trelleborg’s Load Cells, which are fitted within QRHs to measure mooring line load tension, have also received IECEx certification for use in oil and gas facilities with a local temperature range of -60 °C to +60 °C. This follows a significant redesign of the Load Cells, which saw the elimination of moisture entry points to extend life expectancy and the temperature range at which they can be successfully deployed.

While many QRH Load Cell manufacturers are IECEx certified, their Load Cells are only certified for operation in facilities with a local temperature range of -20 °C to +60 °C. As a result, Trelleborg’s extended temperature range means that it is globally the only QRH manufacturer capable of guaranteeing hazardous area safety for mooring applications in locations across countries such as Russia and Canada to name but two. In these countries it is not uncommon for temperatures to drop below -20 °C.

Installed since 1972 at facilities worldwide, Trelleborg’s QRHs enable mooring lines to be safely secured, quickly and easily released even when loaded to their safe working load limit. With sizes and configurations to suit all applications, their field proven features enhance safety, reliability, ease of use and ensure compliance to international standards.

To find out more out Trelleborg’s QRH, visit: http://ow.ly/mOhw30fwuaG

 

 

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

 

 

 

TRELLEBORG LAUNCHES AUTOMOOR FOR SMART, ROPE FREE MOORING

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

Docking and mooring can play a critical role in increasing throughput of an individual berth and overall port facility. No matter the application, ports and terminals worldwide are under pressure to increase throughput. However, trying to do so at the same time as dealing with increasing vessel sizes can be difficult. Optimizing operational windows is an effective route to improving efficiency and one that AutoMoor enables by reducing the time taken to moor vessels.

AutoMoor is a rope-free, automated mooring system that uses smart technologies to enable a faster berthing process and improve safety levels within the port environment. Using vacuum technology to rapidly attach to and secure a vessel at berth, it reduces vessel motions, and continuously monitors all mooring loads acting on the vessel at berth, providing live data to the operator to optimize day-to-day port and terminal operations. It also minimizes personnel involvement to reduce human error and improve safety.

With mooring units that provide real time data to monitor vessel mooring loads, Trelleborg is offering the automated technology needed to compete effectively in today’s complex, global landscape.

Automated mooring technologies minimize downtime by reducing the effects passing ships have on moored vessels. When using mooring lines, operators may need to interrupt operations, costing time and money in delayed product transfer. Using an automated mooring system to dampen vessel motions and extend the range of conditions in which efficient transfer can take place can have huge implications for efficiency.

AutoMoor is also intended to help ports and terminals become more environmentally efficient, because vessels can be secured in under a minute and released in 30 seconds. This reduces vessel idling time and reduces the time tug boats are required alongside the vessel until the mooring operation is complete, cutting emissions overall.

Trelleborg’s AutoMoor solution falls under the operation’s SmartPort portfolio. SmartPort is Trelleborg’s answer to the need for a standardized way to collect and store data in marine applications. 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.

The most important aspect of SmartPort is the open API structure which enables collaboration with third party systems and third party assets. Historically, Trelleborg has supplied many products for the port environment, from fenders to mooring equipment to ship performance monitoring to navigation and piloting systems: each of which can have their own sensors fitted. By adopting SmartPort architecture, all of these systems and more can be brought under one cloud based system.

To find out more about AutoMoor, download the brochure and discover the smarter approach to docking and mooring: http://ow.ly/ARF330fiAaa

 

CORPORATE AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY FIRMLY ON THE AGENDA AT TRELLEBORG

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

Testament to the on-going commitment to continuous improvement of the Melbourne manufacturing facility of Trelleborg marine systems operation in Australia, the company’s Environmental Management System (EMS) has been re-certified by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) to AS/NZS ISO 14001 environment management standard.

The scope of the EMS certification, which has been maintained to  AS/NZS ISO 14001 since 2010, is applicable to the design, manufacture and commissioning of jetty-based and offshore mooring equipment, monitoring and control systems.

The re-certification of ISO 14001, demonstrates our long-standing commitment to our environmental obligations. Trelleborg’s marine systems operation’s facility in Melbourne, in particular, has made significant strides to advance the environmental impact of its operations in recent years, achieving some truly outstanding results – a huge congratulations to the tireless efforts of those involved.

 

TRELLEBORG TO EXHIBIT AT SEA JAPAN 2016

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

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation will exhibit its portfolio of advanced marine fender system solutions, docking and mooring equipment, oil and gas transfer technology and surface buoyancy products at Sea Japan 2016, to be held 13 – 15 April at the Tokyo BIG SIGHT Exhibition Center in Tokyo, Japan.

Attracting more than 18,000 high caliber visitors from across the globe, Sea Japan is the country’s largest and fastest growing international commercial marine show.

The Japanese market is very quality-driven, which complements the Trelleborg ethos and our unwavering commitment to taking a smarter approach to port and terminal efficiency.

With that in mind, Sea Japan provides the ideal platform to showcase our comprehensive range of advanced, high performance solutions to one of Trelleborg’s key markets.

On stand, we’ll be showcasing our range of pneumatic and foam fenders. As an ideal ship protection medium for load sensitive structures such as LNG vessels and ocean platforms, Trelleborg’s ISO 17357-1:2014 compliant pneumatic fenders feature high energy absorption with low reaction force. Trelleborg foam fenders are super tough due to a unique manufacturing process and have high energy absorption for their reactive load.

Our booth will also feature our range of IALA compliant, low maintenance, robust navigation buoys. From 1.25 to 3.6m in diameter, these provide a realistic alternative to traditional steel buoys. These modular buoys are lighter, easily transported, lower maintenance and can be deployed using smaller maintenance vessels.

We’ll also be demonstrating its SeaTechnik™ Ship-Shore Link (SSL) system which has been an industry standard in large scale LNG transfer for nearly 20 years and has applications in onshore and offshore applications.

To find out more, visit us at Sea Japan 2016 on booth number N-48. We look forward to meeting you there!

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.

 

TRELLEBORG COMPLETES ACQUISTION OF MARIMATECH

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.

TRELLEBORG TO HOST SEMINAR IN PARTNERSHIP WITH PIANC

By Richard Hepworth, President of Trelleborg’s marine operation

With PIANC continuing to set best practice guidance for so many, and varied, issues pertinent to waterborne transport infrastructure, we felt that it was only natural to further strengthen our longstanding association.

As such, we will host an exclusive one-day seminar in partnership with PIANC for port consultants. Held on 30th October at the Atlantic Imbizo Conference and Function Studio in Cape Town, South Africa, the free to attend seminar provides us with the ideal opportunity to develop a better understanding of the needs of consultants, so we can evolve our offering to meet them.

The seminar will see Trelleborg experts discuss a range of key industry issues, including the importance of rubber compound composition in the whole-life performance of fender systems and how consultants can determine the formulation of the fenders they procure. This will see our technical expert, Mishra Kumar, discuss mixing and compound modulus as an effective and robust measure of fender performance. The seminar will also provide valuable insight on rubber and foam marine fender design and selection best practice, as well as the latest docking and mooring innovations to improve efficiency and optimize performance.

For more information about the seminar, or if you’d like to register your attendance, contact Anu Bhaskar: anu.bhaskar@trelleborg.com