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SAFEPILOT GUIDES FOURTH LARGEST CRUISE SHIP INTO NAPIER PORT

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

Our SafePilot system was used to safely navigate MS Ovation of the Seas, the equal fourth largest cruise ship in operation in the world, in to dock at Napier Port on Hawke’s Bay in New Zealand. Napier is the North Island’s second largest export port by tonnage. It hosts around 50 cruise ship visits each year, but the Ovation of the Seas is the largest it’s ever received, overtaking the 138,194 tonne MS Voyager of the Seas, which first visited in 2014.

Ovation of the Seas is a cruise ship operated by Royal Caribbean International (RCI). The third ship in the Quantum class, it is the second largest class of passenger ship behind RCI’s Oasis class ships. At 348m long, 18 decks high, weighing 168,666 tonnes, with capacity for 6,500 people, the vessel is the equal fourth-largest cruise ship in the world.

The Port is a long-term customer of Trelleborg, who has supplied the port for 15 years. The SafePilot CAT III unit is designed for robustness, accuracy and reliability. It is engineered to meet the needs of the most demanding piloting applications which require accuracy to the centimetre as well as heave, pitch and roll monitoring.

I’ll leave you with a few comments from Ruslan Mitlash, one of the two Napier Port pilots that used Trelleborg’s CAT III SafePilot solution to bring this large ship into the relatively small port, and Napier Port’s Port Services Manager Bruce Lochhead.

Ruslan said: “There was no room for error when berthing the Ovation of the Seas at Napier Port, so accurate information on speed, rate of turn (ROT), and clearing distances was vital. SafePilot was an integral part of the operation right from the planning stage, and the real-time information it provided was critical to the safety and success of the manoeuvre.

“We find SafePilot very user-friendly, and being able to use it with a tablet makes it a convenient tool not just for pilots, but for the whole team on the bridge.”

Bruce said: “It was a great experience seeing Ovation of the Seas come into port, as the weather conditions the night before had us thinking twice about whether she would be able to berth. We’re very proud that Ovation’s call went so smoothly – it was a real testament to the skill of our pilots, the calibre of their equipment, and the efforts of the team here at Napier Port.”

You can watch a time-lapse of the arrival here.

TRELLEBORG HOSTS NOBRA FOR SAFEPILOT TRAINING

By Tommy Mikkelsen, Managing Director of Trelleborg Marine Systems Denmark

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation in Denmark recently hosted representatives from The New Orleans Baton Rouge Steamship Pilots Association (NOBRA) for its inaugural SafePilot ‘Train the Trainer’ Program. NOBRA is the official maritime pilot group for the Mississippi River between the ports of New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

Held September 18 to 22, the training program is designed to provide attendees with the knowledge and expertise required to train their colleagues on how SafePilot’s state-of-the-art software and smart technology helps pilots and ports optimize safety and efficiency in their day-to-day operations.

Piloting requires the safest, most efficient and reliable technology. It demands exceptional performance, ease of operation and high position accuracy to facilitate optimum approach, berthing and departure. SafePilot provides exactly this but it is vital to use it correctly for optimum performance. Our ‘Train the Trainer’ Program ensures pilots from across the globe know how to use and train others to use SafePilot, to ensure the safe arrival and departure of even the world’s largest ships through the most challenging waterways.

In addition to four representatives from NOBRA, attendees included two representatives from The Maritime Pilots Institute (MPI), a Louisiana-based non-profit training and research facility that provides manned model and simulator training to the majority of pilot groups in the USA as well as Central and South America. There was also one representative from NOBRA’s dispatch and billing system vendor, Coe Solutions.

Here are a few kind words from Captain Steve Wall, Board of Director of NOBRA Pilots, following the program:

”Thank you for an informative, productive, and fun week. The training was detailed, the discussion was lively, and all of our questions were answered in full. I arrived with many questions and one-by-one your entire staff listened, researched where necessary, and answered every question.  In the South, we pride ourselves on our hospitality and I can speak for all seven of us when I say, thank you for taking such good care of us.  The combined efforts of your representatives, from all departments, was very helpful.  We can now associate a name with a face and I expect that to pay dividends going forward as we begin to use SafePilot.”

The SafePilot iOS-based software was developed in collaboration with marine pilots worldwide. Known for its intuitive ease of use, the SafePilot Software offers optional software modules that can be selected according to operational pilotage requirements. Benefits include improved accuracy, as data is filtered to only display what is relevant during each operational phase, eliminating the risk of information overload and enhanced safety through an improved situational overview and accurate, real time data.

Trelleborg’s SafePilot falls under the company’s SmartPort portfolio. SmartPort is Trelleborg’s answer to the need for a standardized way to collect and store 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.

To find out more about Trelleborg SafePilot, explore the interactive brochure: http://ow.ly/2PXc30cCauL

 

 

 

TRELLEBORG ATTENDS 2017 CMPA CONGRESS

By Tommy Mikkelsen, Managing Director of Trelleborg Marine Systems Denmark

Trelleborg has long been discussing the need for our conservative sector to embrace innovative, new technologies – and benefit from the positive change of doing so. In that spirit, we recently attended the 5th triennial Canadian Marine Pilots Association (CMPA) Congress in Montreal, Canada.

Innovation is often great – but there’s a common misconception that innovation is always great. At the Congress, I was delighted to be invited to speak, and I took the opportunity to discuss the importance of ensuring innovation is driven by the needs of those who will consume it, rather than being innovation for innovation’s sake. Often, being so keen to capitalize on the opportunity to engage with customers, or collect data on their behaviour, means that the primary objective of providing value is ignored.

Innovation at Trelleborg is always centred on the needs of our customers. We’re in constant dialogue with port owners, operators and consultants to ensure we’re in a position to pre-empt and meet new demands as they evolve.

Helping customers achieve a new level of performance, we’re aiming to meet the industry’s growing challenges of operational efficiency, sustainability improvement, greater control and financial returns.

Let us know what your challenges are in the comments section or by tweeting @marineinsights

 

TRELLEBORG FOCUSES ON OPTIMIZING PILOTING AND NAVIGATION IN US WORKSHOP

By Tommy Mikkelsen, Managing Director of Trelleborg’s marine systems operation in Denmark

Piloting requires the safest, most efficient and reliable technology. It demands exceptional performance, ease of operation and high position accuracy to facilitate optimum approach, berthing and departure. With that in mind, we hosted a technical seminar and workshop designed to help marine pilots keep up-to-date with Smart technology to ensure the efficiency and safety of navigation and piloting operations. The seminar and workshop was held 4 – 5 May at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore, U.S.

The event saw myself discuss Trelleborg SmartPort, a technology platform that connects disparate port operations, providing holistic, real-time oversight which allows users to analyse the performance of assets and identify areas for optimization.

In addition, the President of the American Pilot Association, Captain Jorge Viso, also had his say on the evolution of piloting technology. Representatives from both the Association of Maryland Pilots and San Francisco Bar Pilots (SFBP) were also on hand to discuss Trelleborg SafePilot which uses state-of-the-art software and smart technology to help pilots and ports optimize safety and efficiency in their day-to-day operations.

SafePilot offers the latest in navigation & piloting and port systems. Developed in conjunction with working marine pilots from across the world, SafePilot offers the most up-to-date user-friendly PPU (Portable Pilot Unit) software available. Using touch screen technology to make it easy to operate, this intuitive PPU software consists of separate modules to meet different maritime operational needs, from docking and river through to lock.