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By Richard Hepworth, Managing Director, Trelleborg Marine Systems.

It’s safe to say there are exciting times ahead for us here at Trelleborg after the phenomenal news that we secured the $24.5 million (€19.5million) contract to supply the largest marine fender solution project in history for a state-of-the-art new port project (NPP) in Qatar.

Which, valued at $7.1billion (€5.8billion), is currently the world’s largest Greenfield port-development project.

After working closely on the deal for over five years, we are delighted to have the opportunity to apply our unique solutions to bring efficiencies to such a prestigious, large scale project. It goes without saying that securing the biggest ever order for fender solutions in both quantity and value is a massive coup and proves once again that we are an industry leader. Each and every individual whose hard work contributed to the contracts fruition deserves significant congratulations.

Being awarded such large scale contract wins and breaking records in the process, Trelleborg are raising the bar and setting the standard for this type of project, which needed in-depth engineering and application know-how to provide full service solutions. I fully expect these types of contract to become more prevalent in the coming years due to the increase in vessel sizes and traffic coming through major ports, and we’re delighted to have proved we can deal with the additional demands they bring.

I would personally like to extend my congratulations to Paul Welling and his team, whose efforts have been nothing short of exceptional and have proved instrumental in the award of what is a monumental contract win. I know I won’t be alone in saying; I thoroughly look forward to seeing what the future holds for Trelleborg.