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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

TRELLEBORG TO LAUNCH PORT INFRASTRUCTURE AND INNOVATION SEMINAR SERIES

Marco Gaal, Regional Director at Trelleborg’s marine systems operation

Here at Trelleborg, we’re constantly looking for ways to develop our offering to meet new market needs. To do so, we try to ensure that we’re communicating with the market as much as possible to gain valuable insights and feedback on our offering. 

As such, we will be hosting two exclusive one-day seminars featuring the themes of port infrastructure and innovation. Held on 24th March at the Mercure Hotel, Den Haag Leidschendam in Holland, and on 26th March at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London, the free seminars will see myself and a number of colleagues, as well as a number of guest speakers from across the industry, discuss a range of key industry issues, including the optimization of whole-life performance in fender systems. The seminars will provide attendees with valuable insights into marine fender design and selection best practice, and the latest docking and mooring innovations to improve efficiency and improve performance.

The new series of seminars will allow us to talk in-depth with contractors and consultants so we can ensure we’re up to date with the latest market developments and can evolve our offering to meet them.

Ultimately, it’s vital that suppliers meet the needs of their clients by offering support in the areas that customers need it most, be that maintenance, training or other operational requirements across the entire product lifecycle. In our new series of seminars, we’re striving to ensure we do exactly that.

For more information about the conference, or if you’d like to register your attendance at either seminar, visit: http://trelleborg.tecs1.com/Consultant

 

TRELLEBORG TAKES TO PREVENTION FIRST 2014 TO DISCUSS END-TO-END SERVICE OFFERING

October’s “Prevention First: An Onshore and Offshore Pollution Prevention Symposium & Technology Exhibition”, provided the ideal platform to discuss the importance of technical and aftersales support, and the service Trelleborg Marine Systems offers.

Here at Trelleborg, we offer a complete range of fendering, docking and mooring solutions, as well as a one-stop-shop for technical, operational and maintenance support.  Our most recent Barometer Report revealed a huge gap in the maintenance requirements of port owners and operators, and the support that suppliers are able to provide. So it was great to use the exhibition as a platform to connect with stakeholders to discuss where suppliers fall short and what more we can do to give them the support they need.

Ultimately, successful projects engage suppliers from the earliest possible stages, to get input and guidance on what will be the most appropriate solution on a case-by-case basis. That’s why we provide stakeholders with support from the earliest design stages to aftersales support. In particular, it was great to discuss our program for the North American market, and its development in accordance with OCIMF, SIGTTO and PIANC guidelines.

We also had a comprehensive team of sales and technical experts on stand to take visitors through the role Trelleborg played in the first phase of implementation of the Marine Oil Terminal Engineering and Maintenance Standards (MOTEMS). The standards apply to all existing and new marine oil terminals in California, and include criteria for inspection, structural analysis and design including mooring and berthing requirements.

The Prevention First exhibition is organised by the California State Lands Commission (CSLC), which sets the requirements for marine jetties throughout California.

The full results of Trelleborg’s latest Barometer Report, which details a wide range of findings from the industry survey, is available now as a free download from: http://www.trelleborg.com/en/Marine-Systems/Home/

 

 

 

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.

TRELLEBORG COMMIT TO GLOBAL REACH WITH LOCAL PRESENCE

By Richard Hepworth, President of Trelleborg Marine Systems


With a global client base, we place great emphasis on the need to consistently review how we best service all regions. As such, as part of our ongoing commitment to better serve our customers through local presence, we are proud to announce that we are expanding our docking and mooring service, making it easier for all our customers to reach us, whenever they need to.

Whilst previously we sold our docking and mooring product portfolio out of our Manufacturing Centre of Excellence facility in Melbourne, we understand that this wasn’t ideal for those of our customers based in other locations around the world.

Therefore to ensure our customers, whether based in Asia, Oceania, South America, China, Japan, IMEA, Europe or America, have access to the same high quality support, from conceptual design through to aftersales care for docking and mooring equipment, our marine systems operation is now giving customers access to a dedicated docking and mooring representative who can speak the local language and work in the local time zone.

For more information, visit the website.

 

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

FSRUS – CLASS AND REGULATIONS

Following on from last week’s blog, the differing regulations on design requirements between jetty, FSRU and LNG carrier provide more food for thought. Marine Classification Societies focus on the FSRU cheap cialis online and treat an FSRU project as a shipbuilding activity, providing design review and approval, oversight during construction and undertake hull and machinery surveys to assure compliance, providing vessels are fit for purpose as ships.

However, although these organisations have specific requirements from a material and design standpoint for the mooring system hardware, Class doesn’t comment on fitness for purpose in terms of the vessels’ ultimate role in an FSRU project. Mainly, compliance is assessed from the standpoint of material selection, acceptable stress levels and a “fail safe” design philosophy.

On the other hand, regulations around the onshore, or jetty, side of the project are more operationally focused, with review from local or national authorities and organisations such as OCIMF and SIGTTO. However, these focus on guidelines for operational best practice and the recommendations they make for onshore considerations do not take into account the needs of the shipbuilder.

With these differing regulation requirements in mind, it’s clear a comprehensive approach to the design and functionality of the system, from the FEED stage, is required.

For more information, download our new whitepaper “Avoid the Disconnect”: http://ow.ly/pJ3IA

 

TACKLING SYSTEMS INTEGRATION REQUIREMENTS IN FSRUS HEAD ON

Avoid the Disconnect: a new whitepaper for the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) sector

The use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) is now a widespread, commercial reality, as the demand for energy continues to rise. To maximise the opportunities of this major fuel source, FLNG projects are increasingly being considered as the optimal project configuration.

Floating Storage and Regasification Units (FSRUs) represent the majority of FLNG projects currently being executed – or in the pre-FEED stage, as they provide an attractive “fast track” solution for small markets and emerging economies.

FSRU projects bring the need to combine elements of conventional jetty docking and mooring, as well as offshore ship-to-ship mooring systems. Additionally, with more than two entities required to interface with each other, systems integration becomes more complex.

There isn’t a “generic” docking, mooring and fendering package that can be applied to FSRUs and its essential that the requirements of all three entities are considered holistically in order to ensure the optimum solution for all three elements, and minimise operational difficulties down the line.

For more information, download our new whitepaper “Avoid the Disconnect”, which further discusses the issues surrounding system integration requirements in docking, mooring and transfer for the FLNG market: http://ow.ly/pJ3IA

 

DON’T MAKE DO, MAKE CERTAIN!

The results of our latest Barometer Report show that many of the port owners, operators and contractors surveyed may be jeopardising operations by ‘making do’ rather than proactively upgrading facilities to maximise efficiencies and improve safety.

Although the vast majority of respondents believed that port safety would benefit from the use of new technologies (mooring line tension monitoring, environmental monitoring and speed of approach monitoring), it’s clear few are actually reaping the rewards, with over half of those surveyed admitting to only using human or manual guidance.

Automated solutions offer a chance to improve safety and boost operational efficiencies – a significant opportunity for ports to proactively upgrade infrastructure and ensure they stay ahead of the curve.

However, with so many only using human or manual guidance during berthing – rather than making use of Docking Aid Systems (DAS) or Global Positioning Systems (GPS), many may be putting their facilities at risk of becoming antiquated. This begs the question: why are so many jeopardising their operations by ‘making do’ rather than maximising efficiencies and improving safety?

The full results of Trelleborg’s latest Barometer Report, which details a wide range of findings from the industry survey, is available now as a free download from: http://www.trelleborg.com/en/Marine-Systems/Resources/Downloads-2/Barometer-Report-3-NEW/

BECOMING LNG LEADERS

The use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) is now a widespread, commercial reality, as the demand for energy continues to rise. It’s predicted that by 2030, global energy demand will be about 35% higher than it was in 2005.

Natural gas is largely accepted to be the fastest-growing major fuel source, thanks to attributes such as it being cleaner, reliable and plentiful.  Now that it can be transported in the form of LNG, it’s become a truly viable, global resource.

In fact, the question has now become: “how can we get more LNG? Faster and cheaper?” this is clear from the proliferation of acronyms that weren’t even coined as recently as five years ago, such as, FSRUs, FLNG and LNGCs.  All of which have one thing in common, apart from the obvious LNG production and transportation element!

That is the safety factor.  LNG is simply natural gas compressed to 1/600th of the volume, but hazards of the gas in its liquid form include flammability and freezing.  It’s essential that solutions are delivered on the merits of each project, to ensure that the safety of personnel and infrastructure remains paramount.

To achieve efficient operation and maximise safety, docking and mooring solutions on the terminals or carriers that LNG is transferred between should be seamlessly integrated and developed mutually inclusively.

I think a step towards this is to bring as much of the project as possible into one holistic and aligned “package”, with one third party having oversight of a suite of products to be supplied, it’s easier to identify synergies and align the various components.

We’ve recently acquired Sea Systems Technology Ltd. (SeaTechnik) – the global market-leader in the design and manufacture of systems for safeguarding the transfer of LNG between LNG carriers and shore terminals.

In addition to developing, manufacturing and supporting systems for the safe handling of LNG, SeaTechnik has a growing share of products and solutions that monitor and can actively manage in the operating performance of ships, the aim of which is to significantly reduce both emissions and fuel costs.

Given the on-going rise in demand for LNG, we see the sector as an attractive growth area and we’re keen to be able to offer our customers a “one-stop-shop” when it comes to docking, mooring and berthing equipment for LNG projects.  This acquisition will allow us to build on our existing expertise and capabilities. SeaTechnik’s portfolio already has similar design requirements to ours and we already work together closely, so the acquisition provides natural synergies and is a logical step to take.

SeaTechnik employees 45 people globally.  Design, manufacture and assembly is based in a UK facility, outside of Chester in the North West, with local sales support, installation and commissioning work and specialist manufacturing carried out in Korea and Singapore.

I look forward to working closely with our new colleagues and would like to take the opportunity to personally welcome them to the team.

To learn more about SeaTechnik, visit the website here http://www.seatechnik.com/