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TRELLEBORG TO SPONSOR PIANC YOUNG PROFESSIONALS NETWORKING EVENT

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: ziqian.yang@dmc.nl

 

 

TRELLEBORG ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR PORT PERFORMANCE SEMINAR IN BRAZIL

By Richard Hepworth, President of Trelleborg’s marine operation

At a time of economic recovery across much of the Latin America market, now is the time for consultants to specify quality and intelligently steer port owners and operators away from cutting costs up front, enabling them to reap the benefits of investing in solutions that guarantee quality over a whole lifecycle.

With that in mind, I am delighted to announce that we will host an exclusive one-day seminar for port consultants on 11th November at the Windsor Excelsior Hotel in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Designed to provide consultants with everything they need to know about the latest developments in port and terminal infrastructure, the free to attend seminar will see the experts at Trelleborg discuss a range of key industry issues including PIANC marine fender best practice, Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) guidelines for docking and mooring systems, as well as rubber and foam marine fender and foam buoy design. In addition, Mishra Kumar will discuss the importance of ingredient selection, mixing and the manufacturing process in marine fenders.

For more information about the seminar, or if you’d like to register your attendance, contact Paulo Carmesini: TMS.Brazil@trelleborg.com

 

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

TRELLEBORG BECOMES PIANC PLATINUM PARTNER

Here at Trelleborg, we have a longstanding association with PIANC. Not only do we have a number of people involved in technical working groups, but we’ve also participated in and sponsored a number of world congress events. After being the Platinum AGA sponsor of the 33rd PIANC World Congress at the beginning of June, I am delighted to reveal that we have cemented our commitment to best practice by becoming a PIANC Platinum Partner. As a manufacturer of mission critical port equipment, its essential to us to share knowledge with the industry body that guides standards across the board.

With PIANC continuing to set best practice guidance for so many, and varied, issues pertinent to waterborne transport infrastructure, they felt it was important to have a supplier on board that could contribute across such a broad spectrum.

With our expertise extending from shore-based infrastructure, to oil and gas and LNG; we’re well placed to contribute to a number of areas PIANC work within.

This year’s Congress resolution, set forth by PIANC, will investigate ongoing and emerging trends, technologies and business models. With that said, we here at Trelleborg look forward to being involved in contributing to this important discussion going forward.

For more information about PIANC, visit: www.PIANC.org

LATEST BAROMETER REPORT LAUNCHED AT PIANC 2014

It goes without saying that the PIANC World Congress represents a landmark event on the maritime calendar. And, with such a wide range of stakeholders from across the industry attending, it provided the ideal platform for us to launch our latest Barometer Reports, which highlight a broad spectrum of issues pertinent to the industry.

To celebrate the launch of the reports, we took the opportunity to host a roundtable at the event that discussed some of the key findings. Against a backdrop of increased and varied demand, one of the main messages from the report was that there is a much more optimistic outlook on investment than in previous years.

In fact, the vast majority of respondents expect both capital and operational expenditure to grow over the next twelve months. With optimism returning, the roundtable delved in to the opportunity for port owners, operators, contractors and consultants alike to begin to navigate towards a more strategic, whole life approach to the design and construction of port infrastructure.

I took to the stage at the AGA luncheon and closing plenary to discuss how port infrastructure is evolving, and how stakeholders across the industry can best keep up and capitalize on the opportunities offered by new trends such as automated technologies. In addition, our technical expert, Mishra Kumar, discussed the importance of applying bespoke Velocity Factor (VF) and Temperature Factor (TF) when specifying marine fenders, and how rubber compound composition impacts these two key factors, as well as performance and longevity.

We also had a comprehensive team of sales and technical experts on stand to take visitors through our latest innovative products and solutions, including our brand new Port Performance Tool. Whether you’re a port owner, operator, engineering consultant or contractor, the new Tool allows you to discover just how well your port’s performance measures up against the industry average.

Trelleborg Marine Systems was Platinum AGA sponsor and exhibitor at the 33rd PIANC World Congress 2014, in San Francisco, California, U.S. The PIANC World Congress 2014 took place on 1 to 5 June 2014 at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis.

WE ARE ENHANCING OUR MANUFACTURING CAPABILITY WITH STATE-OF-THE-ART U.S. FACILITY

Our business is centered on our commitment to constantly enhance innovation and improve standards across the industry. With this in mind, I am delighted to announce that we will be relocating from our current site in Clear Brook, Virginia, to a brand new, state-of-the-art facility in Berryville.

Due for completion toward the end of the year, the new site will house a 45,000 square foot manufacturing facility for foam-based marine fenders and buoys, as well as a 9,000 square foot sales and business development office.

We’re also investing heavily in new, advanced polyurethane spraying and foam winding equipment, which will further increase production facilities.

With testing absolutely critical to ensuring our portfolio remains at the leading edge, the new facility will also contain a new state-of-the-art high speed test rig capable of testing full size rubber and foam fenders in accordance with PIANC guidelines. While we already have a world leading materials testing program, the addition of these full scale testing facilities will ensure our products perform above and beyond customer expectations.

Following the recent opening of our new sales and business development office in Houston, Texas, this move yet again demonstrates our ongoing commitment to continually improving our U.S. operations. Our Clear Brook facility has served us well, but we must always ensure we are best placed to meet our customers’ ever-growing demands, and the new facility ensures we are well placed to do just that.

The new Berryville facility will be strongly supported by our engineering and design center of excellence in Ahmnedabad, India.

For more information, visit: www.trelleborg.com/en/Marine-Systems/

TAKE PART IN OUR PORT PERFORMANCE ROUNDTABLE!

At the PIANC World Congress, which takes place at the beginning of June, we’ll be launching the results of our latest Barometer Report, in which we’ve surveyed 200 port owners, operators, contractors and consultants on a range of issues pertinent to our industry.

Our Barometer Report contains the results of a regular industry survey, which seeks to gain insight into the issues that are impacting port infrastructure.  Calling on the views of hundreds of port owners, operators, engineering consultants and contractors, the report seeks to understand the challenges they are facing and what they think the future holds for the marine industry.

One of the key findings from this year’s report was that the outlook on investment is much more optimistic than in previous years.  In fact, the vast majority of respondents expect both capital and operational expenditure to grow over the next twelve months.

With optimism returning, we were keen to delve in more depth in to what this will mean in practice for ports, as they make up lost ground caused by the economic downturn.

Strategic investment in port infrastructure has suffered over the last few years, but with a brighter economic outlook, we’re keen to understand how those responsible for procurement will react: which aspects of infrastructure are the most in need?  How are terminals coping with increasing vessel sizes and throughput? Which regions are leaders and laggards?

We’re seeking to address these questions, amongst others, at an exclusive Port Performance Roundtable which we will be hosting at the PIANC World Congress in June, and we’re looking for port owners, operators, contractors and consultants to share their experiences and have their say on the findings from the Barometer Report.

If you’re a port owner, operator, contractor or engineering consultant and you’re attending the 33rd PIANC World Congress in June, we would like to hear from you.  To have your say on the issues affecting the industry, register your interest in the Port Performance Roundtable now http://ow.ly/wMBbA.

Trelleborg Marine Systems is Platinum AGA sponsor and exhibitor at the 33rd PIANC World Congress 2014, in San Francisco, California, U.S. The PIANC World Congress 2014 takes place on 1 to 5 June 2014 at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. Visit us on stands 400 and 402.

PORTS CLAIM PIANC CERTIFICATION KEY TO COMPLIANCE AND REGULATION

The results of our latest Barometer Report show that the majority (65%) of port owners, operators and contractors request and check PIANC certification to ensure that marine fenders are sold as described.

Although it’s reassuring to see that the majority of respondents do request certification, it’s important that owners and operators understand exactly what to look for. PIANC is undoubtedly an important standard bearer for quality and performance, but it doesn’t have the legal mandate to enforce standards across the industry.

At present, it’s too easy to gain PIANC certification, with some of the more unscrupulous traders using this to their advantage by applying certification to entire product lines or factories, rather than to specific product batches and compound formulations.

In comparison to last year’s report, which revealed that just under 80% of respondents were struggling to get to grips with unscheduled downtime, this year’s Barometer reveals that, alarmingly, over 90% are now suffering, which suggests to me that the emphasis placed on checking certification in theory, is not necessarily translating to best practice.

It’s therefore imperative that equipment specifiers, for mission critical equipment such as fenders, begin to take necessary steps to ensure that the products they are buying are truly “as described”.

I’d like to get your thoughts on the matter. How much importance do you put by third party certification and design approvals when procuring mission critical equipment? Let us know in the comments section.

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/

RUBBER QUALITY: UNDERSTANDING THE IMPACT

The issue of rubber quality in fender systems is one that the market cannot continue to be complacent about.

A best writing paper typical fender system is constructed from both steel and rubber, and whilst the steel component will, rightly, undergo extensive testing to meet stringent standards, the importance of the fender’s rubber element is often overlooked.

In recent years, there has been a significant evolution in rubber manufacturing industries: we’ve seen the emergence of contract mixers, locations such as China and India becoming mainstream hubs, and the availability of a wider range of ingredients for rubber compounding.

These changes represent a break from tradition, and best practice in rubber compounding needs to keep pace.  The market must take the necessary steps to educate itself on this evolution and understand the effects these changes have on the performance and lifecycle of fenders.

We’ve recently launched a new whitepaper which delves into the issues of Velocity Factor (VF) and Temperature Factor (TF).  First introduced in PIANC’s “Guidelines for the design of fender systems, 2002” they should be applied to rubber fenders at the testing stage, to accurately ascertain performance in the field under varying compression times and temperatures.

Changing rubber compound ingredients have a direct effect on the characteristics of the fender and as such, VF and TF are greatly affected by the type of rubber used, be it natural or synthetic – and within that, virgin or recycled – and further still by the compound composition of the rubber.

VF and TF must be calculated and reported on a case by case basis.  Each is dependent on the make-up of the rubber compound, and as such, there is no “standard” factor that can be applied to calculate and report performance under varying velocities and temperatures. The degree of VF and TF applied will change depending on the rubber compound and, subsequently, from manufacturer to manufacturer.

PIANC’s recommendations for applying VF and TF are really only the beginning.  Suppliers need to make the appropriate investments in R&D to be able to underpin and substantiate their claims. Anecdotally, we’ve found that many actually copy factors which are not relevant to their products.

If suppliers aren’t able or willing to take the necessary steps to understand and be able to guarantee the quality of their products, then it’s essential that specifiers can to avoid throwing good money after bad on systems that are not fit for purpose.

To learn more, download the whitepaper. If you have any questions or comments, we’d love to hear from you in the comments section or via our LinkedIn group.

SETTING THE STANDARDS AND BENCHMARKING PERFORMANCE

As discussed in my last blog, there’s a trend across the industry of procuring mission critical fenders on the basis of upfront outlay – rather than the cost over the fender’s entire lifecycle.

Industry body, PIANC, set out the leading design guidelines for fender systems in 2002, but I remain concerned that these aren’t working in practice.  PIANC have neither the authority nor mandate to enforce these regulations, and this is allowing some of the more unscrupulous suppliers to use higher percentages of recycled rubber, to supply fenders at a cheaper upfront cost – without transparency around the composition of the fender.

PIANC’s guidelines state that robust material testing is a necessity, but laboratory and full scale testing is not routinely performed by all suppliers as part of their quality assurance process.  This is a serious concern, as specifiers need assurance that both sets of testing have been conducted on mission critical equipment.

We’ve developed new analytical tests to help stakeholders across the industry determine the quality and performance characteristics of the fenders they procure, so that buyers can understand and substantiate the makeup of their fenders and subsequently, the performance characteristics they can expect.

We conducted a series of physical and chemical tests on one high quality and a low cost fender – to really understand how much performance between the two differs.  To learn more about the tests and see the results, download the rubber testing whitepaper here.