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GUARANTEEING FENDER PERFORMANCE

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

Trelleborg Fender System

The Thermo-Gravimetric Analysis (TGA) test, adopted by many high quality fender manufacturers, determines whether fenders have been produced using a technically superior rubber formulation that includes little or no recycled rubber and only reinforcing fillers like carbon black.

Reinforcing fillers improve the mechanical properties of rubber. However, contrary to the belief of some across the industry, non-reinforcing fillers such as white calcium carbonate (CaCO3), actually reduces the lifespan of a fender, especially when used in larger quantities. CaCO3 is not a substitute for the carbon black used in high quality fenders.

Considerable research has been carried out over the years on the use of CaCO3 in rubber formulations. It is added to rubber to lower costs, improve processing and impart a lighter color. However, CaCO3 provides very little reinforcement to the rubber. Naturally obtained CaCO3 (ground CaCO3) has poor polymer-filler interaction due to its coarse particle size and its large surface area. Therefore, the rubber compound has poor adhesion and tear resistance.

Some manufacturers make use of large quantities of CaCO3 in the compound formulation of fenders to achieve lower cost. However, while more CaCO3 in a rubber formula may have its advantages in the processing of the compound and lower cost, it negatively impacts the primary aging properties over time, leading to a lower lifespan of the fender.

But, chemical testing is not enough. Full scale testing on prototypes and finished products should also be performed in the manufacturing facility to guarantee that the fenders meet lifecycle and performance specifications. This needs to be verified by testing a randomly chosen fender either at an independent facility, or, by using an independent testing jig.

Although deployed at a manufacturer’s facility using their own test frame, an Independent test rig provides a witness (third party or consultant) with real-time independent testing data captured and shown on an external display. Results are also printed in real-time providing witnesses with direct access to the data. What’s more, load cell and deflection measuring devices can be calibrated on the spot or by an external party independently, outside of the control of the fender manufacturer. Meanwhile test data obtained from the rig can be compared with that reported by manufacturers using their own measuring devices.

It’s vital that the industry understands that the substitution of carbon black with non-reinforcing fillers, such as CaCO3, means that equipment will need to be replaced earlier, and in the long term, result in heavier investment, not to mention the higher risks of failure during service life. Port owners and specifiers also need to educate themselves on the testing methods that can guarantee that the performance of their fenders meet specifications.

For more on Trelleborg’s research into the importance of ingredient selection, mixing and the manufacturing process in marine fenders, please refer to the ‘Guaranteeing Fender Performance’ and ‘Rubber Fenders: Mixing it Up’ whitepapers.

THE EVOLUTION OF FENDER BEST PRACTICE

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

Ports need to have the confidence that their equipment is fit for purpose to fully protect terminals and berthing vessels, while keeping the port running safely and efficiently. Fenders are an essential part of this port infrastructure and as such their ability to perform reliably day-in, day-out is also essential.

However, not all fenders are made equal, and even those that appear to be made out of the same material, such as rubber, differ significantly in terms of performance. This is down to a number of factors and familiarization with these could mean the difference between a good investment and a bad one. As the economy has become increasingly global, it is more difficult to be fully confident in the performance and provenance of some products. Some unscrupulous suppliers are taking the opportunity to undercut reputable fender manufacturers. We have been working for years to prevent this. And now, I have some exciting news to share.

Since the establishment of PIANC’s 2002 Guidelines for the Design of Fender Systems there has been a number of evolutions in vessel design and industry applications, as well as advances in the design of fender systems themselves. As a result, Trelleborg has spent the last eight years relentlessly lobbying for updates to the guidelines with substantial investment in research highlighting the importance of understanding how ingredients for fenders are selected, how they are manufactured and how they are tested.

With that in mind, I am delighted to reveal that PIANC has announced the establishment of a new WG (MarCom Working Group 211), which will consult with a number of leading fender suppliers, including Trelleborg, with the objective of updating its 2002 guidelines – marking a significant step towards industry-wide fender best practice.

These changes will include updated guidance on the design, manufacture and testing of fender systems, including both the rubber element of the system and associated components. The group will also review guidelines for durability, maintenance and repair of fender systems and the implications of automated mooring systems on fender design. As such, we relish the discussion of our research into rubber compound composition, velocity and temperature Factors, manufacturing methods and testing.

It’s safe to say that we at Trelleborg look forward to working closely with PIANC and other leading manufacturers to ensure the new guidelines, when they become available, reflect the needs of a changing industry – one which is has a number of opportunities to thrive through the use of smart technologies.

Additionally, while PIANC is undoubtedly an important standard bearer for quality and performance, we’re pleased that the updated guidelines will seek to reiterate that PIANC has no mandate to nor intention of enforcing standards across the industry. Recognizing that this lack of enforcement has seen a number of suppliers misuse the term ‘PIANC certification’, with some even claiming ‘PIANC approval’ (which does not exist), the updated guidelines will see a stricter line on the use of its name.

We’ve long supported the work of PIANC and our contribution to the forthcoming update to PIANC’s guidelines is not only the latest in a long history of collaborative work, but a fitting reward for the near decade of our tireless efforts to driving up standards for fender best practice.

 

 

2018 PIANC WORLD CONGRESS A SUCCESS!

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

A huge thanks to those of you that joined our technical presentations at PIANC’s World Congress in Panama City earlier this month. As ever, it was great to catch up with industry peers and debate the innovations and developments that have emerged in the last four years.

This year, my colleague Mishra Kumar, Technical Director – Marine Fenders, delivered a technical presentation that highlighted the fact that many fenders supplied to critical projects across the globe may not be fit for purpose thanks to the ease at which unscrupulous manufacturers can dupe fender performance testing results. Mishra discussed the need for improved guidelines to enable the independent authentication of fender performance and provided an overview of a new, more accurate verification test, as we at Trelleborg have long called for. Intriguingly, we know that PIANC has some rather exciting news in this area which will be revealed in due course.

My colleague Tommy Mikkelsen, Managing Director of our Danish Operations, also took to the stage to discuss how ports and vessel performance will be further shaped by data and smart technologies. He showcased current case studies and highlighted a number of new technical innovations that we’re evolving to support data-driven best practices.

On stand, visitors were able to try our newly updated online fender selection tool designed to allow specifiers to select and specify the most appropriate fender for their application. I am delighted to say that this proved a big hit with visiting consultants, engineers and designers, all keen to find out the extent to which they can make their jobs a little easier. So too did SafePilot, our flagship product within the navigation piloting category, as well as Automoor, our rope-free, automated mooring system.

It’s safe to say that The PIANC World Congress was undoubtedly a hugely enjoyable and insightful event for all that attended. A huge thank you to PIANC for organizing and of course those of you that came to see us on stand.  I look forward to the next one!

 

TRELLEBORG SUPPORTS PIANC CONGRESS 2018

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

Collaboration is a word that is becoming increasingly associated with the marine industry. We know collaboration can take many forms and examples of new and exciting commercial partnerships have featured in this blog recently. But collaboration is also about sharing best practice and working together to create the best possible future for our industry. Certainly this is why here at Trelleborg we value the longstanding and important relationship we have with industry body, PIANC.

We place great importance on the role PIANC plays in the industry as a facilitator of shared best practice, knowledge and expertise between stakeholders and we are happy to show our continued commitment to, and support for, PIANC by being a headline sponsor of its World Congress in Panama City in May 2018.  This congress is an opportunity for the many different parts of our sector to come together and debate and learn about the innovations and developments that have emerged, and in some cases already been adopted, since the last event four years ago.

This year Trelleborg is again taking an active role in the congress. My colleagues will be delivering technical presentations on the subjects of future ports and piloting in Panama and the importance of authenticating marine fender performance, including explanation of a new, more accurate verification test.

I’d encourage those of you attending PIANC 2018 to come and visit Trelleborg on Stand 27, where you can try our new online fender selection tool which makes it simpler to specify the most appropriate fender for a particular application.

Finally, I hope to see some of you in person when I address the conference and talk about the themes of collaboration and automation in more detail.

Register to try our new online fender selection tool here.

TRELLEBORG DISCUSSES ENHANCING MARITIME SAFETY AT PIANC VIETNAM SEMINAR

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

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation discussed the role of port and terminal equipment optimization in enhancing maritime safety at a two-day PIANC (Vietnam) seminar, held 14 July at Hotel Continental Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Co-organized by Trelleborg, Surbana Jurong and KASI Malaysia, the seminar discussed the latest in planning and design, marine risk assessment and vessel traffic management technology. This saw Trelleborg Regional Sales Manager (Marine Fenders, Asia) William Tan discuss the role of advanced marine fender systems in port, terminal and vessel safety.

Trelleborg Sales Director (Docking and Mooring, China and SEA) Ron Lee presented a case study on the Spirit of Tasmania II to emphasize the need for ports to adopt automated mooring to making mooring operations safer. Ron also discussed how port safety can be further enhanced by taking a holistic overview of operations, and the importance of implementing a complete port solution incorporating predictive environmental monitoring and an integrated Port System. Following the seminar (15 July), visitors also received a tour of the Saigon International Terminal Vietnam along the Cai Mep Thi Vai River, which uses Trelleborg Super Cone Fenders, SCK Cell Fenders and bollards.

To be invited to speak at the seminar is a real compliment, and testament to our industry expertise and reputation as a world leader in the design and manufacture of advanced navigation, piloting and port systems, and use of state-of-the-art software and smart technology to help pilots and ports optimize safety and efficiency in their day-to-day operations.

 

TALKING TECHNICALITIES: TRELLEBORG FENDER SEMINARS

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

I’m very pleased to announce Trelleborg is the platinum sponsor of PIANC Australia’s Technical Workshop on Fenders on June 15, 2017. My colleague, Mishra Kumar, our Global Technical Director will also present at the event, on the topic of ‘Ensuring Fender Performance through Physical and Material Testing Specification’.

We’ve long supported the work of PIANC and our contribution to the forthcoming technical seminar is just the latest in a long history of collaborative work. We look forward to joining peers from other leading companies at the event, to share our latest ideas and best practice.

We will also be hosting two of our own technical seminars in Australia, in Perth on the 12th June, and one in Brisbane on the 14th June. These seminars will see Trelleborg experts discuss rubber fender design, technology and testing, pneumatic fender design and application, as well as foam fender design and application.

We’re also the Platinum Sponsor of PIANC’s Annual General Assembly (AGA) in Cairns, Australia, which takes place from 17 – 20 June.

To register for either of the Trelleborg seminars, please visit: https://goo.gl/Zo21AK

For further details on PIANC Australia’s Technical Workshop on fenders, go to: http://aga2017.com.au/btv/

 

 

TRELLEBORG SUPPORTS PIANC IN EVOLVING FENDER BEST PRACTICE

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

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation has committed to supporting PIANC as the industry body focuses efforts on evolving best practice guidance for fender systems, in an effort to drive up standards and improve safety across the industry.

Trelleborg is committed to assisting PIANC wherever possible and has been a PIANC Platinum Partner since 2014. The company recently increased its involvement with the PIANC Young Professionals Commission, in particular.

We have a longstanding association with PIANC and support the important work the organization does in setting guidance for ports and vessels alike. Recently however, we’ve really focused on backing the Young Professionals’ programs run by PIANC.

I see these as the most critical audience, since the young engineers being trained and supported now will go on to shape the future of our industry. With the world we are living in changing so rapidly, we must make sure they are well placed to evolve our industry and ensure we remain relevant within it.”

Trelleborg sponsored the 2nd PIANC YP-COM Asian Seminar in the Philippines, with our materials expert, Mishra Kumar, speaking on ‘New trends and the development of fenders’. Pablo Arecco, YP-Com Chairman also visited our facility in the Philippines with two young people from the PIANC’s Commission.

During PIANC’s Singapore Young Professional’s event the following week, Louis van Schel, Secretary-General at PIANC, and other young people from the commission were invited to Trelleborg’s marine systems office in Singapore and its fender manufacturing facility. Trelleborg and PIANC held extensive talks on the best way to approach potential updates to PIANC’s 2002 ‘Guidelines for the Design of Fender Systems’, in order to ensure falsified test certification is eliminated from the industry.

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TRELLEBORG SUPPORTS PIANC IN EVOLVING FENDER BEST PRACTICE

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation has committed to supporting PIANC as the industry body focuses efforts on evolving best practice guidance for fender systems, in an effort to drive up standards and improve safety across the industry.

Trelleborg is committed to assisting PIANC wherever possible and has been a PIANC Platinum Partner since 2014. The company recently increased its involvement with the PIANC Young Professionals Commission in particular.

We have a longstanding association with PIANC and support the important work the organization does in setting guidance for ports and vessels alike. Recently however, we’ve really focused on backing the Young Professionals’ programs run by PIANC.

I see these as the most critical audience, since the young engineers being trained and supported now will go on to shape the future of our industry. With the world we are living in changing so rapidly, we must make sure they are well placed to evolve our industry and ensure we remain relevant within it.”

Trelleborg sponsored the 2nd PIANC YP-COM Asian Seminar in the Philippines, with our materials expert, Mishra Kumar, speaking on ‘New trends and the development of fenders’. Pablo Arecco, YP-Com Chairman also visited our facility in the Philippines with two young people from the PIANC’s Commission.

During PIANC’s Singapore Young Professional’s event the following week, Louis van Schel, Secretary-General at PIANC, and other young people from the commission were invited to Trelleborg’s marine systems office in Singapore and its fender manufacturing facility. Trelleborg and PIANC held extensive talks on the best way to approach potential updates to PIANC’s 2002 ‘Guidelines for the Design of Fender Systems’, in order to ensure falsified test certification is eliminated from the industry.

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.”

PIANC SEMINAR A SUCCESS!

By Richard Hepworth, President of Trelleborg’s marine operation

At the end of October, we hosted a joint consultants’ seminar in South Africa with industry body PIANC. I’m pleased to report that the event was very well attended, with around 75 consultants, port authority representatives and construction company stakeholders joining us for the day.

At the event, representatives from Trelleborg discussed rubber specification, our new ReadyMoor Quick Release Hook and environmental monitoring systems, and hosted sessions on foam products and the importance of fender testing.

PIANC continues to do extremely important work, setting best practice guidance for our industry concerning the many and varied issues pertinent to waterborne transport infrastructure. As well as giving us the opportunity to strengthen our relationship with PIANC, the seminar also gave us a great opportunity to develop a better understanding of changing requirements within the market, so we can ensure we continue to work to evolve our offering to meet them.

A huge thank you to Amit Madan, our IMEA Regional Director for organizing the day.  I look forward to the next one!