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TRELLEBORG LAUNCHES AUTOMOOR FOR SMART, ROPE FREE MOORING

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

Docking and mooring can play a critical role in increasing throughput of an individual berth and overall port facility. No matter the application, ports and terminals worldwide are under pressure to increase throughput. However, trying to do so at the same time as dealing with increasing vessel sizes can be difficult. Optimizing operational windows is an effective route to improving efficiency and one that AutoMoor enables by reducing the time taken to moor vessels.

AutoMoor is a rope-free, automated mooring system that uses smart technologies to enable a faster berthing process and improve safety levels within the port environment. Using vacuum technology to rapidly attach to and secure a vessel at berth, it reduces vessel motions, and continuously monitors all mooring loads acting on the vessel at berth, providing live data to the operator to optimize day-to-day port and terminal operations. It also minimizes personnel involvement to reduce human error and improve safety.

With mooring units that provide real time data to monitor vessel mooring loads, Trelleborg is offering the automated technology needed to compete effectively in today’s complex, global landscape.

Automated mooring technologies minimize downtime by reducing the effects passing ships have on moored vessels. When using mooring lines, operators may need to interrupt operations, costing time and money in delayed product transfer. Using an automated mooring system to dampen vessel motions and extend the range of conditions in which efficient transfer can take place can have huge implications for efficiency.

AutoMoor is also intended to help ports and terminals become more environmentally efficient, because vessels can be secured in under a minute and released in 30 seconds. This reduces vessel idling time and reduces the time tug boats are required alongside the vessel until the mooring operation is complete, cutting emissions overall.

Trelleborg’s AutoMoor solution falls under the operation’s SmartPort portfolio. SmartPort is Trelleborg’s answer to the need for a standardized way to collect and store data in marine applications. 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.

The most important aspect of SmartPort is the open API structure which enables collaboration with third party systems and third party assets. Historically, Trelleborg has supplied many products for the port environment, from fenders to mooring equipment to ship performance monitoring to navigation and piloting systems: each of which can have their own sensors fitted. By adopting SmartPort architecture, all of these systems and more can be brought under one cloud based system.

To find out more about AutoMoor, download the brochure and discover the smarter approach to docking and mooring: http://ow.ly/ARF330fiAaa

 

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.

 

THE RISE OF THE MACHINES OR SIMPLY EFFECTIVE AUTOMATION?

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

Technology features in this blog on a regular basis and quite rightly so. Technology is already having a positive impact on our industry in many different ways, from improved communication and collaboration to safety and operational efficiencies. But the recent announcement by technology group, Wartsila, shows just how much further the industry can benefit from advances in automation.

Wartsila’s latest system automates on-board procedures to provide reliable and more efficient vessel manoeuvring which also reduces risk and improves safety. At a time when ship sizes are increasing and the industry as a whole is facing tough times, this is a positive development with obvious benefits. It is also, hopefully, the precursor to greater take up of automating technologies across the industry as a whole, whether on-board, landside or on jetties.

Our own research (see Preparing for the Port of the Future Report) showed how different marine audiences have different attitudes towards the adoption of smart technologies.  There was a definite appetite among shipping lines for ports and terminals to keep up with the pace of change and implement digital technologies more widely. Vessel stakeholders seem to have woken up to the value of automation and while landside operations have also matured, the survey results indicate facilities haven’t been as quickly upgraded on the jetty side. Half of shipping lines felt ports and terminals were immature in the implementation of smart technologies and lagged behind available technology, but noticeably, little more than a third of ports and terminals claim to have experienced increased pressure from shipping lines to automate.

This is a worrying gap, and one which mustn’t widen. Developments such as Wartsila’s highlight how ports and terminals are only going to face increasing pressure to adopt smart technologies and to keep up with advancing on-board technology. They do not want to be left behind. Finding out how your facility compares to the rest of the industry in terms of digital automation is an important exercise and a useful first step. This is why Trelleborg has developed an online tool that allows ports and terminals to assess their digital maturity, quickly and easily, and to find out how they compare automation-wise against the industry standard. Have a go at the Port and Terminal Automation Audit here.

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

TRELLEBORG COMPLETES ACQUISTION OF MARIMATECH

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

I am delighted to announce that today, we have signed an agreement to acquire Marimatech A/S, a Danish company that designs and manufactures advanced marine positioning and piloting systems, specializing in the development of software used for docking and mooring ships offshore and in ports. The acquisition is expected to complete in the fourth quarter of this year.

Many of you reading this will already be aware of Marimatech’s portfolio of intelligent docking and mooring solutions, including the SafePilot and other PPUs, Berthing Aid Systems and Environmental Monitoring Systems.

Marimatech’s product portfolio is attractive to us, not only for the obvious synergies with our existing portfolio, but also for the opportunity the integration of both offerings represents.

Marimatech’s navigation and ship positioning product line uses the latest ‘smart’ technology and can be utilized in other applications. This technology can be integrated with our existing range, as we look to take a smarter approach to port and terminal efficiency, and extend the automation that is becoming increasingly well-established on the land side, to the jetty side too.

Of equal importance is the fact that Marimatech truly shares Trelleborg’s standards, having been built on the values of innovation, technology and quality.

Marimatech has a head office and production facility in Aarhus, Denmark, and, like Trelleborg, takes care of the full end to end solution, with in-house design, manufacturing and project management capacity.

I’ve been working closely with Niels Jorgen Vase, Managing Director at Marimatech for the last few months to ensure that the acquisition runs as smoothly as possible, and that both companies continue to deliver the same exceptional levels of service to our customers throughout the transition period. I’m very much looking forward to introducing our two teams and sharing best practice so that our customers can enjoy an enhanced product portfolio and even better service in future.

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

 

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

TRELLEBORG TO SHOWCASE NAVIGATION BUOYS AT SEAWORK 2015 INTERNATIONAL

Ashley Tasker, Global Business Development Manager for Marine Products at Trelleborg Marine Systems

I am delighted to reveal that we will showcase our innovative range of IALA compliant modular navigation buoys at Seawork 2015 International, the largest and fastest growing international commercial marine and workboat exhibition and conference held in a European working port environment (16th to 18th June).

Our unique, comprehensive range of navigation buoys provides a solution to fit all demanding requirements – in addition to our standard range, we are able to manufacture to specification where required. The modular system provides an easily transported option to cut down turnaround time and enable fast installation, as they can be shipped in sections and assembled on site.

Manufactured from impact resistant, colour-fast, UV stable materials and comprising of sectional hull pieces filled with marine grade, water-resistant foam, Trelleborg’s range of IALA compliant modular navigation buoys is built around a hot dipped galvanised steel core. Available as standard in diameters ranging from 1.25 to 3.6 meters, Trelleborg will also manufacture precisely to specification where required.

We will also be taking the opportunity to showcase our range of Foam / Elastomer constructed mooring buoys. Thanks to their low maintenance, self-fendering resilient foam bodies and their ease of handling and repair whilst offshore, these are rapidly replacing traditional steel mooring buoys.

Our booth will also feature our pneumatic and foam fenders. As an ideal ship protection medium for load sensitive structures such as LNG vessels and ocean platforms, our range of pneumatic fenders feature high energy absorption with low reaction force. While our foam fenders are super tough due to a unique manufacturing process and have high energy absorption for their reactive load.

If you’re heading to Seawork 2015 and want to find out more, come and see us at booth number A187.

Alternatively, visit: http://www.trelleborg.com/en/Marine-Systems/

EDUCATING THE SUPPLY CHAIN TO NAVIGATE THE OBSTACLES TO PORT PERFORMANCE

Following on from chapter two of our Port Performance Roundtable film, we are delighted to launch the third and final chapter – “An Educated Supply Chain”.

Chapter three, which is now live on the MarineInsights YouTube channel, takes fenders as a microcosm for wider port infrastructure, to explore whether port owners and operators are fully aware of the infrastructure implications of increasing vessel sizes. Simply put, there seems to be a huge lack of product awareness that needs to be addressed. But who is responsible for this education? Are suppliers culpable?

As we discuss in chapter three, it’s time for suppliers to accept responsibility for their products and make themselves available strategically and operationally, to provide the market with the education it requires.

With that said, suppliers need to extend their role beyond simply installation. They should provide comprehensive support over the entire product lifecycle helping port owners and operators to optimize their products and boost port performance.

Leading suppliers should also be in frequent dialogue with consultants to ensure specifications guarantee the highest standard of solutions available. They should also work closely with contractors during supply and installation, to ensure that the high standards set out by the specifications are met.

Ultimately, it is 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.

To view chapter three of the Port Performance Roundtable film, visit: http://ow.ly/FJdY7

To download the Barometer Report, visit: http://ow.ly/Ed95A

PORT INDUSTRY HAMSTRUNG BY CONSERVATIVE APPROACH TO UPGRADING PORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Following on from chapter one of our Port Performance Roundtable film, we are delighted to launch chapter two – “Using the Right Technology”.

Chapter two, which is now live on the MarineInsights YouTube channel, explores whether there has been a shift in how port authorities and terminal operators are evaluating their infrastructure to keep up with the demands placed upon them.

The Barometer Report revealed that 40% of port owners and operators don’t think their existing port infrastructure is adequate to accommodate increasing vessel sizes. So what is preventing them from upgrading their infrastructure?

As we discuss in chapter two, it’s not so much a lack of technology that’s holding them back, but the wider industry’s conservative approach to the adoption of new technologies. Whilst technology continues to advance, providing another route for facilities to take to keep up with the demands placed upon them, the Barometer Report also revealed that 19% of port owners and operators admitted to not using any automated systems at their facility.

Automated systems improve accuracy in monitoring and management, improving efficiency and allowing quick decisions to be made through real-time access to key data.

Docking aid Systems improve safety as the vessel comes in to berth, with the data they provide allowing jetty operators, pilots and ship masters to make early corrections to manoeuvres, long before a potential incident occurs.

Facilities that are not using these automated tools jeopardise efficiency and safety, and run the risk of becoming antiquated – they certainly won’t be able to keep up with the new breed of terminal that is currently emerging.

The port landscape is evolving quickly, with increasing and diverse demand. Larger vessel sizes and more stringent environmental regulations mean facilities need to quickly upgrade their infrastructure now. Those that don’t will suffer in a bullish market, as new, modern terminals multiply and others quickly upgrade.

To view chapter two of the Port Performance Roundtable film, visit: http://ow.ly/F7ZxW

To download the Barometer Report, visit: http://ow.ly/Ed95A