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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

EXAMINING THE IMPACT OF MEGA SHIPS

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)’s International Transport Forum recently released ‘The Impact of Mega Ships’, a new report investigating the impact of larger container ships on infrastructure, equipment and port traffic.

The report, which looks at the pros and cons of the current ‘mega’ container ships, put forward that 24,000 TEU vessels, which could be in service as soon as 2020, will have a major impact on main trade lines, potentially raising transport costs and hindering the competitiveness of ports overall.

We submitted information to the report with regards to the impact that ever increasing vessel sizes are having on port infrastructure, and in particular fenders and docking and mooring equipment such as bollards and hooks.

It’s a timely report. Our latest Barometer Report survey, the fifth that we have conducted, has found that ports are still struggling to keep up with the demands of increasing vessel sizes, especially in terms of onwards logistics.

This is another problem highlighted by the OECD report: although increasing vessel sizes have delivered cost savings in the past, these are decreasing with size, and size-related ‘fixes’ to port and hinterland infrastructure could be substantial.

A more complex challenge

Whilst mega ships bring these increased demands with them, one of the biggest challenges we see is actually designing berths to accommodate the large vessels of the future, whilst ensuring that they are still able to accommodate smaller vessels in the short term.

For our part, this requires fender design that can accommodate a wide range of operating parameters.  Designing a fender system that will perform successfully with kinds of vessel means the rubber compound must be fine-tuned to absorb the required energy, no matter the size of the ship. The properties of the rubber element must be hard enough to withstand the high loads from larger vessels, yet soft enough to accept the loads from smaller vessels.

Bigger ships doesn’t necessarily equal bigger fenders

The new generation of large container vessels uses several fenders at once, which limits the need for increased fender sizes; the extra amount of energy that needs to be absorbed is simply absorbed via more fenders. However, designing for multiple fender contact is still not straightforward for new mega vessels. The considerable bow flare of these ships, designed to accommodate as many containers as possible, mean that even a small berthing angle can lead to contact between the ship and the quay wall equipment.

Taking the pressure off

The rubber component of the fender system can be developed in other ways too, and can even reduce the impact on other port equipment in accommodating mega ships. For example, by designing fender systems with a smaller profile – but more efficient performance characteristics – ports can avoid the often costly process of extending or replacing cranes.

As we see it, ever growing vessel sizes certainly bring with them a whole host of new considerations for ports, not least upgrading infrastructure to allow them to berth. With onwards logistics considerations bringing about their own problems, there needs to be more collaboration and communication across the whole supply chain.

Working with and across suppliers, through an iterative process, from design, is critical to ensuring the port itself benefits from the increased throughput of increased vessel sizes, rather than being hamstrung by it.

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/

TRELLEBORG TO SHOWCASE NAVIGATION BUOYS AT SEAWORK 2015 INTERNATIONAL

Ashley Tasker, Global Business Development Manager for Marine Products at Trelleborg Marine Systems

I am delighted to reveal that we will showcase our innovative range of IALA compliant modular navigation buoys at Seawork 2015 International, the largest and fastest growing international commercial marine and workboat exhibition and conference held in a European working port environment (16th to 18th June).

Our unique, comprehensive range of navigation buoys provides a solution to fit all demanding requirements – in addition to our standard range, we are able to manufacture to specification where required. The modular system provides an easily transported option to cut down turnaround time and enable fast installation, as they can be shipped in sections and assembled on site.

Manufactured from impact resistant, colour-fast, UV stable materials and comprising of sectional hull pieces filled with marine grade, water-resistant foam, Trelleborg’s range of IALA compliant modular navigation buoys is built around a hot dipped galvanised steel core. Available as standard in diameters ranging from 1.25 to 3.6 meters, Trelleborg will also manufacture precisely to specification where required.

We will also be taking the opportunity to showcase our range of Foam / Elastomer constructed mooring buoys. Thanks to their low maintenance, self-fendering resilient foam bodies and their ease of handling and repair whilst offshore, these are rapidly replacing traditional steel mooring buoys.

Our booth will also feature our pneumatic and foam fenders. As an ideal ship protection medium for load sensitive structures such as LNG vessels and ocean platforms, our range of pneumatic fenders feature high energy absorption with low reaction force. While our foam fenders are super tough due to a unique manufacturing process and have high energy absorption for their reactive load.

If you’re heading to Seawork 2015 and want to find out more, come and see us at booth number A187.

Alternatively, visit: http://www.trelleborg.com/en/Marine-Systems/

ANGOLA FPSO PROJECTS TURN TO TRELLEBORG FOR TANDEM MOORING SYSTEMS

Here at Trelleborg, we’re committed to meeting the demands of both shallow and deep water tandem mooring operations. We strive to provide operators with best-in-class solutions that enable vessels to be moored safely and efficiently, even in the harshest offshore environments.

So, I’m delighted to reveal that we have been awarded the contract to supply complete tandem mooring systems to two floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels in Angola, West Africa.

The Angola-based FPSO tandem mooring projects demanded robust solutions that were capable of performing in particularly demanding offshore applications, while of course, adhering to project quality documentation processes and Class rules. In addition, the projects also required the long-term provision of technical and field support services.

Our 30 years’ of experience designing, manufacturing and commissioning high performance equipment for FPSO projects, coupled with our ability to provide dedicated support throughout the full project timeline, saw us chosen as the candidate to deliver the demanding requirements of the projects.

Our tandem mooring-winch and integrated Quick Release Hawser Hook (QRHH) system was installed onto the stern of the FPSO and used to moor a shuttle tanker in open sea conditions, with a separation of up to 150 meters. The mooring system includes integrated mooring tension monitoring, as well as a remote release system that can instigate an emergency release of the FPSO / shuttle tanker mooring from the FPSO stern deck or vessel’s control room.

Releasing the hooks from a remote location not only ensures complete oversight of the conditions of both the FPSO and the vessel, but also removes the need for jetty personnel to be close to the hook when a loaded mooring line is released which significantly reduces the risk of injury.

For more information on Trelleborg’s tandem mooring solutions, visit http://www.trelleborg.com/en/Marine-Systems

TRELLEBORG LAUNCHES NEW STANDARDIZED QUICK RELEASE HOOK SOLUTION

Here at Trelleborg, we have provided countless facilities with the customized, high performance solutions needed to optimize their mooring operations. With that in mind, I am delighted to reveal that we have taken the extensive knowledge and expertise gained through our SmartMoor range and applied it to developing a new, streamlined product for customers with less complex requirements, such as those in commercial ports and harbours.

With the ReadyMoor range, a standardized solution that provides the fastest lead times, we now have the ideal solution.

Thanks to its ‘ready-made’ approach, the ReadyMoor range provides a solution that offers the safety and operational benefits of QRHs, whilst passing on commercial benefits to the customer. The series is available with average delivery of just 12 weeks, the time it takes to assemble, test and ship the product.

The compact design of the new range ensures a small installation footprint, minimizing deck space usage and installation costs.

The new hook also reduces maintenance requirements through a single stage locking mechanism, which has fewer moving parts and is available in double or triple hook units with a Safe Working Load (SWL) from 50 tonnes to 150 tonnes. Models with an SWL of 60 tonnes and higher are also available with integral capstans, if required.

To find out more about Trelleborg’s new ReadyMoor range, download the Product Application Briefing now. Alternatively, for a more detailed specification, download the ReadyMoor datasheet at http://ow.ly/K91n9