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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.”


The behaviour of rubber under stress is unique. We’ve delved in depth into the key factors affected by rubber compound formulation in marine fenders.


By Richard Hepworth, President, Trelleborg Marine Systems

Port and terminal owners and operators, consultants and contractors are constantly under pressure. Whilst continually adapting to accommodate a changing market – increasing vessel sizes and a broader variety of ships are placing new demands on facilities, not to mention the increasing prevalence of specialised projects. They must also find ways to reduce downtime, improve accountability and ensure that marine environments are safe and operationally efficient.

Our new film highlights just how vital it is, especially in these demanding environments, to use quality materials from reliable suppliers.  Calling on the strength of in-house design, engineering and manufacturing can help to ensure that specifiers procure products and solutions that demonstrate excellence beyond installation.

Aiming to raise awareness about how to get the best value and service throughout the supply chain, the film illustrates the entire fendering and docking and mooring production process, from conceptual design through to manufacture, quality control, testing and after sales care.

Check out the full End-to-End film here.

We’ll also be releasing this film in chapters over the coming weeks, so look out for the detail on “Conceptual Design”, “Docking and Mooring Manufacture”, Fender Manufacture” and finally, “Testing and Aftersales”.


By Richard Hepworth, Managing Director, Trelleborg Marine Systems.

It’s essential that port owners and operators can have confidence in the products they procure, and the reassurance that they have been through thorough and robust testing procedures.

As evidence of this 90% of respondents in our Barometer Report believe that both lab and full scale testing is important in the manufacture of docking and mooring products.

However, I remain concerned that the industry might just be paying lip service to the importance of testing, as, despite these encouraging results, it appears that good intentions are not necessarily translating into best practice.

How so? Well, a quarter of respondents also admit to being concerned only with price rather than where a product comes from.

As PIANC documentation for is not regulated, it’s important to check all paperwork carefully and ask suppliers for clarification over PIANC type approvals. Situations have occurred where compliance has been claimed for all of a supplier’s factories, processes and products when only one location or component of a product range meets the criteria. Don’t risk throwing good money after bad by procuring solely on the basis of price – make sure you’re getting the best possible product over its service life.

Short-cutting on quality and maintenance is a risky game to play.