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TRELLEBORG TO TALK SMARTPORT, TURNKEY LNG SOLUTIONS AT GASTECH 2018

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


Trelleborg will discuss SmartPort at Gastech in Barcelona (17-20 September), in addition to showcasing its range of game-changing LNG transfer technology. I am also delighted to reveal that as part of Gastech’s main conference program, my colleague Andrew Stafford, Technical Director at Trelleborg’s marine systems operation will present a technical paper discussing the latest in Ship-Shore Link (SSL) technology that has set the industry standard in large-scale LNG transfer for nearly 20 years. Vincent Lagarrigue, Director of Oil & Marine Hoses at Trelleborg’s oil and marine operation will also present a technical paper that outlines how cryogenic floating hose technology is unlocking new possibilities in small to medium-scale transfer and LNG bunkering.

On stand (K160), experts from Trelleborg’s marine systems operation will be on hand to discuss SmartPort, a technology platform that powers the critical interface between ship and port, on land and at sea. The SmartPort platform connects port operations, allowing operators to analyze asset performance and use data to improve decision making. The system integrates assets like fenders, mooring equipment, ship performance monitoring, and navigation systems through a network of sensors.

Trelleborg’s oil and marine operation will be highlighting how their Cryoline floating cryogenic hoses technology is transforming LNG transfer operations in both near-shore and offshore environments. Cryoline technology was specially developed to address pressing infrastructure challenges in the LNG market, enabling turnkey projects that drastically reduce the capex and environmental impact of LNG import infrastructure. It also opens up new locations to ship-to-shore and ship-to-ship transfer, even in challenging weather conditions, and increases safety and operability of FLNG loading and offloading by enabling transfer in tandem configuration.

Trelleborg is able to provide the most integrated and configurable solutions at every interface of the LNG transfer operation. However, realizing the critical interface between ship and port, on land and at sea, SmartPort provides a unique overview of the ‘vessel turnaround’ process, and data extraction points throughout it – both on board the vessel and in the port, and in the interface between the two. We look forward to exhibiting a number of solutions within our SmartPort portfolio including AutoMoor, a rope-free automated mooring system for smarter, safer and more efficient berthing operations; SafePilot, a new generation of piloting and navigation software; as well as our Integrated SSL and Emergency ShutDown System (ESDS) for both large and small-scale LNG transfer and fueling. We’ll also showcase our Quick Release Hooks (QRH) which enable mooring lines to be safely secured and quickly released; as well as its SmartDock Laser Docking Aid System for vessel approach and berthing operations.

In addition to the latest in SSL technology, Andrew’s session will highlight how close co-operation between all parties has enabled Q-LNG to develop their LNG bunkering project from the early adoption for the Harvey Gulf OSV fleet through to the latest requirements for fully flexible bunker vessels. The presentation will also discuss how process safety is improved and training is facilitated by using digital fiber optic link technology with redundancy to ensure compatibility with ESD systems, telephony and cargo process data from any LNG fuelled vessels.

Together, these technologies enable revolutionary new models and thinking for LNG transfer, unlocking new possibilities throughout the transfer zone. Vincent’s session will explore how this was demonstrated in September 2017, when technology from both operations was used in the first sea launch of the Universal Transfer System (UTS), a plug-and-play turnkey developed with Connect LNG. The success of this launch demonstrated the vast potential for new infrastructure possibilities that Trelleborg’s technology enables.

For more information, come and see us on stand K160 at Gastech.

 

LOOKING FORWARD TO THE ANNUAL PORT DEVELOPMENT MENA FORUM

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

I’m pleased to announce that we are sponsoring the fourth Annual Port Development Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Forum at the end of September in Dubai, UAE.

The Forum discusses how the MENA region can keep up with disruptive new technologies to maintain its status as a maritime power.

I will also be presenting at the conference on the topic of digital and data-driven technologies and our SmartPort offering, as part of a session about successful port digitization, automation and security.

My presentation is entitled ‘A Smarter Approach to port infrastructure and communication’, and will discuss the need for greater collaboration between stakeholders, examine the changing role of equipment suppliers, discuss the storage, analysis and sharing of data through standardized, open systems and go on to explain how we are responding to these evolving market needs with SmartPort.

Other speakers include representatives from the Dubai Maritime City Authority, SOHAR Port and Freezone, Hamburg Port Authority and the General Authority for Suez Canal Economic Zone.

They will discuss the biggest challenges to the region and debate best-practice methodologies for securing, constructing and operating port infrastructure in the Middle East and North Africa. I’m very much looking forward to hearing what the other speakers have to say, and having some constructive conversations about the future of port development in our region.

The fourth Annual Port Development MENA Forum will take place from 26-28 September at the Dusit Thani Dubai.

 

IT’S SHIPPING, BUT NOT AS YOU KNOW IT – HOW MAERSK AND ALIBABA ARE POSITIVELY DISRUPTING OUR INDUSTRY

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

Could the announcement of a major collaboration between Maersk and Alibaba in just the first week of 2017 indicate this is going to be a year of seismic change for our industry? Let’s hope so. Shipping, like all other sectors of the global economy, is transforming. And it needs to change too.

Technology is recognized as one of the key enablers of this change and while it’s interesting to see that the first big deal of the year sees a traditional industry player team up with an e-commerce giant – surely an example of positive disruption at its best – it’s perhaps not unsurprising.

Over the last few years we’ve seen a number of alliances and collaborations, such as the emergence of the so-called Power Four, so the decision by a main shipping line to form a partnership to deploy online services seems to be the logical next step in the evolution of the ‘old’ shipping business model to a more logistics-centred approach. It’s also worth noting that while the first deal of this kind is based in Asia, where the speed of change and disruption is more rapid, it won’t be contained there. Further digitalization of the supply chain is inevitable and everything that can be automated will be automated.

Attitude is key. The traditionally conservative shipping sector needs to embrace technology and the positive change it can bring. Collaborations such as this one, may seem removed from our own day-to-day activities, but there are smaller, practical steps that can be taken now to take advantage of developments in smart technology.

Our own research shows how shipping lines value smart technologies that have a positive impact on the safe and efficient operations of ports and terminals. These so-called smart ports benefit from smart technology that connects products, collects data and provides insights to deliver real efficiency gains, such as lowering operating costs due to improved vessel throughput. It’s a first step but it’s a tangible one.