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TRELLEBORG LAUNCHES NEW ISO17357-1:2014 COMPLIANT PNEUMATIC FENDER

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

Remaining true to its principle of innovation, Trelleborg’s marine systems operation has launched a new ISO17357-1:2014 compliant, high performance pneumatic fender designed to address the evolving needs of ports, terminals and offshore ship-to-ship transfer applications.

The new quality assured fender features a thinner, lighter body for easier transportation and handling, improved netting and hemispherical ends designed to offer superior functional performance and enhanced continuity of end fittings for optimum deflection capability.

In addition to improvements in the design of the fender, materials have been engineered to ensure a stronger overall performance. After detailed research into optimum tire cord reinforcement, we have re-evaluated our materials to enhance fender performance.

Unlike other manufacturers that use synthetic tire cords for only the body of the fender and chafer fabric at both hemispherical ends, we now use 100% synthetic tire cord for the construction of the entire fender. This directly enhances the fender’s operational ability because synthetic tire-cord has a higher tensile strength than chafer fabric. By incorporating the synthetic tire cord into the entire fender, the stability, longevity, and shape retention of the fender are all significantly enhanced.

Demonstrating our best practice approach to delivering superior products that incorporate optimum, high quality materials, our new pneumatic fender goes above and beyond the minimum requirements of the ISO 17357-1:2014 standard which recommends the use of synthetic tire-cords but does not make it mandatory.

Trelleborg not only meets but exceeds the demands of the ISO17357-1:2014 standard with quality assurance documents and test results shared in a comprehensive, fully-authenticated supporting document package. Proof data, inner and outer rubber material specifications and pressure test data are all included as standard for even greater peace of mind.

Many suppliers however utilize low cost, low quality, non-compliant materials and fail to perform stringent materials and product testing to the requirements of the ISO standard. For instance, for the external rubber layer composition of a fender which plays a major role in its longevity, many suppliers use rubber compounds which fail to comply with the new ISO requirement.

In addition, a large number of suppliers also turn to low cost recycled rubber-based compounds. Others use chafer fabric, a cheaper alternative to tire-cord. The chafer fabric is unable to provide Minimum Endurable Pressure (MEP) at 0% and 60% deflection, which is imperative for pneumatic fenders to work efficiently in harsh conditions.

Many suppliers also reduce the number of plies, or use a reinforcing layer made from a low-cost suboptimal combination of chafer fabric and tire cord as they lack the basic design concepts to produce high quality pneumatic fenders.

Specifiers should also be wary of inefficient, cost-reducing methods used by suppliers such as the use of a heating jacket instead of a mold during the curing process. It is also critical that specifiers are aware of manufacturers claiming to be supplying ISO17357-1:2014 compliant pneumatic fenders which are actually produced using the ‘airbag’ construction method. Products constructed in this manner, are not compliant with ISO17537-1 and will not guarantee the level or longevity of performance of a ‘true’ pneumatic fender.

To find out more about the new ISO17357-1:2014 compliant, high performance pneumatic fender, download the Product Application Briefing now: http://ow.ly/tncb301PFOc.

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 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 ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF TECHNICAL SEMINAR ROAD TRIP

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

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation in Dubai is to hit the road following the launch of its first ever technical seminar road trip across the Middle East from 24th April to 4th May.

Unlike your average seminar series, the road trip will see Trelleborg deliver one-day technical seminars straight to customers’ doors, across the Middle East, with one-day events in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Damman, Saudi Arabia; Kuwait City, Kuwait; Bahrain City, Bahrain; Dubai, UAE; and Aqaba, Jordan. The road trip is specifically designed to provide port authorities and consultants with everything they need to know about Trelleborg’s latest developments in port and terminal infrastructure.

The events will see the experts at Trelleborg discuss a range of key industry issues including marine fender best practice and the latest guidelines for docking and mooring systems. Technical expert Mishra Kumar will also be on hand to discuss the importance of ingredient selection, mixing and the manufacturing process in marine fenders.

As our commitment to taking a smarter approach to port and terminal optimization continues to grow, the road trip provides the ideal platform to highlight the importance of specifying smart, engineered solutions for port approach, berthing, docking and mooring to those across a region that is rapidly becoming a global shipping hub.

For more information about the road trip, or if you’d like to register your attendance, contact Anu Bhaskar: anu.bhaskar@trelleborg.com

TRELLEBORG HOSTS PORT PERFORMANCE SEMINAR IN GREECE

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

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation hosted an exclusive one-day seminar for port authorities and consultants in partnership with the company’s exclusive agent for Greece, Seamark Marine on 1st March at the Metropolitan Chandris Hotel in Athens, Greece.

The free seminar saw experts at Trelleborg discuss a range of key industry issues including marine fender selection, infrastructure regulation, the latest in docking and mooring technology, and floating fender and buoy design. In addition, the importance of rubber compound composition in the whole-life performance of fender systems was also on the agenda.

The seminar provided the ideal platform for us to connect with port authorities and consultants to discuss the importance of taking a smarter approach to port and terminal equipment optimization through the specification of smart, engineered solutions for port approach, berthing, docking and mooring. This will enable ports and terminals to reap the rewards of better informed real-time and strategic decision making, both onshore and on board the vessel.

Following on from the seminar in Athens we will host further one-day events across Europe, which we’ll be revealing more information about in due course.

TRELLEBORG REPORT HIGHLIGHTS POTENTIAL OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES

Our latest Barometer Report, which discusses the issues impacting ports and terminals around the globe, revealed that over 40% of the port owners and operators surveyed have experienced an increase in throughput in the last twelve months.

To accommodate the higher levels of throughput, demanded by larger ships carrying more cargo, ports should look increasingly towards automated or ‘smart’ technologies.

Automated technology has a significant role to play in delivering greater operational efficiency, reducing unit costs by helping to process cargo more quickly and more consistently. This principle and drive for efficient turnaround should extend to the jetty side too. There is a vast opportunity to reduce human error and refine scheduling as vessels come in to port, berth and are dispatched.

While the wider transport and logistics sector is relatively advanced in its grasp and use of ‘smart’ technology, the ‘Internet of Things’ mentality is not necessarily translating quickly within ports and terminals. The more rapidly we take a smarter approach to connecting equipment, the quicker we can collect and analyze data from it – and the sooner we’ll improve efficiency.

With that in mind, it’s positive that 74% of those surveyed are open to new technologies, showing a willingness to adapt and improve. The industry is beginning to look forward and embrace new trends, which is reflected by the fact that so many are now using one or more forms of automated technology.

Only 7% say they don’t use any automated systems – instead, relying on human or manual guidance at their facilities. This is much less than last year, when 19% said the same, while in 2013 we observed that the market was lagging behind the technology available to it.

While the use of automated technologies continues to grow, so too does our commitment to taking a smarter approach to port and terminal efficiency, and extending the automation that is becoming increasingly well-established on the land side, to the jetty side too. This commitment was highlighted by our recent acquisition of Marimatech, whose navigation and ship positioning product line utilize the latest ‘smart’ technology. These are to be integrated with our existing product range and will further strengthen our offering as a turnkey supplier of systems for both ship and terminal owners.

To download the Barometer Report 5, visit: http://ow.ly/VmYR3

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!

 

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

NEW WEBINARS GIVE INSIGHT INTO INDUSTRY ISSUES

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

Surveying the market with our annual Barometer Report – we have gained some great insights in to the challenges facing our industry today – as well as a historic benchmark to compare findings to.

However, to delve deeper into the current state of the port environment, and the opportunities arising for facilities looking to take steps toward more strategic investment and supplier support, we’ve launched two new 15-minute webinars.

As part of a four-part series, I host the first webinar, discussing the current situation facing ports globally, how ports are performing and the obstacles that facilities worldwide must overcome to best prepare and protect themselves for the future.

This covers the impact of tactical, purchase cost-led procurement, the need for existing facilities to keep pace with increasing vessel sizes, the implications of increasingly stringent environmental regulations and the emergence of new technologies.

While the industry faces something of a ‘perfect storm’ of challenges, there are also opportunities arising for facilities to take advantage of anticipated increased spending power, by spending strategically and increasing lifecycle value. This provides the basis for the second webinar in the series, which features Paul Welling, Regional President of Trelleborg’s marine systems operation in the U.S.

Welling highlights the need for strategic investment in a new supply chain model, coupled with a renewed focus on whole life costs, in order to drive up quality throughout the supply chain.

To watch the new webinars, visit:

Episode one: The Current Port Environment

Episode two: The Opportunity that’s Arising