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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

JEBEL ALI PORT RECOGNISES IMPORTANCE OF RUBBER SPECIFICATION

We are proud to announce the introduction of our rubber quality standards at the world’s largest man-made harbor – The Jebel Ali Port in Dubai. We have been working on the Quay Four refurbishment project with DP world since 2011, and have now completed installation with 60 super cone SCN 1300 fenders to project berths 18 and 19.

Super Cone fenders provide optimal performance and efficiency. The unique design makes them an excellent choice in terms of stability, strength and also resistance to over-compression.

The addition of analytical tests to verify the quality of rubber used in the fenders has ensured us to really reassure the port that the high-performance required for this project will be met.

As the biggest port in the Middle East and a supplier to the global market, we are delighted that DP world has shown commitment to superior solutions by building rubber quality standards in to their fender specifications.

Thanks to our entirely in-house approach, we could even personalise the solution for DP World by including the DP World Logo on the UHMW PE face pads of the fenders.

I will leave you with a few words from Hesham Abdulla, Container Terminal 1 director of DP world, who said: “Trelleborg was able to offer technical support across all parts of the system, from ensuring the rubber element would precisely meet specification, to chains and accessories. Their support and local presence meant that they were a natural choice to supply the project and thanks to their in-house manufacturing capabilities we could even have the solution personalised.”

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.

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.

10 ESSENTIAL CONSIDERATIONS WHEN SPECIFYING

1. Evaluate supplier solutions based on whole life costs

You need to ensure you’re getting the best value over the full lifecycle of your products.  Buy cheap, buy twice, as they say.

2. Put emphasis on engineering capability

Evaluate the track record of your supplier closely. With ports and terminals becoming increasingly complex to accommodate the demands of modern vessels, it’s essential your supplier can demonstrate engineering experience and expertise that aligns with the needs of your project.

3. Consult shortlisted suppliers early in the project development

The earlier you consult suppliers, the more tailored your solution can be. Consult your suppliers at the conceptual design stage to ensure you get the bespoke package that really fits your requirements and guarantees optimum performance.

4. Insist on dealing with technical engineers as well as sales / bus dev personnel

If you don’t feel completely assured of your supplier’s technical expertise, determine their credentials by asking to deal with technical engineers. Your point of contact in the sales or business development team should be able to facilitate a discussion or find you the answers you need.

5. Inspect the suppliers facilities in person

If your supplier can’t give you access to their manufacturing facilities, alarm bells should be ringing.  Furthermore, you’re entitled to witness the testing procedures your products undergo. Get the reassurance you need to ensure you’re getting what you pay for.

6. Ask to witness testing

Your supplier should be able to offer you the opportunity to witness materials or full scale testing: ask for it.  Don’t let your supplier get off easy by just handing you the paperwork.

7. Explore suppliers’ track record

A robust track record should give you some confidence, but make sure your supplier has experience in your application.  A full track record should come as standard: expect it.

8. Demand samples and check certification of materials and processes

When specifying fenders, ask for a sample of the rubber compound that will be used in your project. Three key factors – velocity factor, temperature factor and longevity are affected by rubber grade and compound formulation. The properties of fenders vary dramatically depending on their composition, as such; rubber compound composition should be built into specifications in order to guarantee performance and lifecycle.

9. Get the training you and your people need

Your relationship with your supplier shouldn’t end at installation.  Demand maintenance and operational training to ensure you optimise performance in the field.

10. Ask about aftersales service

Full after sales support should be considered as part of your supplier’s offer. Not only should they be able to supply product training, spare parts and servicing should be available to you on demand, no matter where you are in the world.

 

A NOVEL SOLUTION FOR A NOVEL APPLICATION

Last year, we launched our range of pneumatic and foam fenders to the rental market in a bid to relieve the burden placed on port operators and owners, needing high quality solutions quickly. So, I wanted to share with you a novel application the solution has served. We have supplied six of our high quality 1.5 x 3 metre pneumatic fenders to Shetland Maritime Ltd, on a long term lease.

The fenders will safeguard the mooring of one of several floating hotels – or floatels – based on barges, helping to provide accommodation for up to 1,070 workers employed on two multi-million pound industrial projects in the Shetland Islands.

Our cost-effective rental service provided the ideal solution for the docking of the accommodation vessel, which demanded a high quality assured fendering system capable of providing a safe and reliable cushion between the vessel and quay for the duration of both projects.

Our pneumatic fenders are ideal for semi-permanent, cost effective operations; they’re fast and easy to deploy, and they require minimal maintenance. Known for their massive energy absorption, they also have a low reaction force that makes them an ideal ship protection medium for LNG vessels, ocean platforms, floating structures, large docks and many load sensitive structures. All our pneumatic fenders are also ISO: 17357:2002 certified – and can be delivered to fit with tight lead times, just get in touch to see what we can do.

To find out more about our rental service, visit: http://ow.ly/rpkUt

 

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/

DON’T MAKE DO, MAKE CERTAIN!

The results of our latest Barometer Report show that many of the port owners, operators and contractors surveyed may be jeopardising operations by ‘making do’ rather than proactively upgrading facilities to maximise efficiencies and improve safety.

Although the vast majority of respondents believed that port safety would benefit from the use of new technologies (mooring line tension monitoring, environmental monitoring and speed of approach monitoring), it’s clear few are actually reaping the rewards, with over half of those surveyed admitting to only using human or manual guidance.

Automated solutions offer a chance to improve safety and boost operational efficiencies – a significant opportunity for ports to proactively upgrade infrastructure and ensure they stay ahead of the curve.

However, with so many only using human or manual guidance during berthing – rather than making use of Docking Aid Systems (DAS) or Global Positioning Systems (GPS), many may be putting their facilities at risk of becoming antiquated. This begs the question: why are so many jeopardising their operations by ‘making do’ rather than maximising efficiencies and improving safety?

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/Resources/Downloads-2/Barometer-Report-3-NEW/