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TRELLEBORG DEMONSTRATES VALUE OF SMART SPECIFICATION

Demonstrating a commitment to quality and resisting the temptation to do business with low cost suppliers, Davao International Container Terminal, Inc. (DICT) located in Panabo City, Davao Del Norte, has purchased state-of-the-art Super Cone fenders and Tee Head bollards.

Berths 1 and 2 at the Breakbulk Terminal, which is located on the southeastern coast of the Philippines, are old concrete structures that required the installation of a superior fender system as part of upgrade works.

DICT had recently discovered that another port in Davao had upgraded their berth using low quality fender systems and they had cracked within just months of installation, with the frontal frames also beginning to corrode too. Extensive testing of the performance of the terminal’s previous fenders revealed that these were unable to guarantee the load bearing requirements of the reefer vessels currently visiting the terminal.

DICT quickly embarked on a project to replace its existing equipment with high quality, best-in-class solutions. We provided an end-to-end approach, through consultation on fendering, design along with engineering, manufacturing, testing, commissioning and installation works as well as after-sales and maintenance.

DICT turned to Trelleborg to supply 20 SCN900 fender systems to enable the berthing of vessels up to 30,000 DWT at Berths 1 and 2. As part of the terminal’s wider plans for expansion, DICT also opted for 22 SCN1100 E2.9 fender systems and 12 100T Tea Head bollards allowing for the berthing of the latest ultra-large container vessels up to 60,000 DWT at its newly constructed Berth 3.

The issue of quality in marine fenders is one that we have been discussing for some time. We have long called for more strategic specification for mission critical equipment and it’s great to see this is now translating across the market.

Like more and more customers, Davao International Container Terminal recognises the importance of quality. They realise that taking the strategic approach will mean savings over the life of the fender system and the berth as a whole, whilst reducing the risk of damage to both vessels and the terminal’s infrastructure itself.

I will leave you with a few words from Mr. Jesse G. Chiongson, Senior Vice President and General Manager of DICT, who said: “The performance of DICT’s previous fender systems significantly affected the operation of the terminal and ran the risk of harming its reputation as the leading port terminal in Mindanao. Therefore we had no hesitation in working closely with Trelleborg to define an ideal solution which would not only stand the test of time but guarantee the demanding load-bearing requirements of the vessels berthing at the terminal. Trelleborg’s unrivalled reputation and technical qualification meant the company was a natural choice to supply the project.”

REMEMBERING GRAEME RUSSELL

Scott Smith, Regional Director – Asia Pacific, Trelleborg Marine Systems.

I recently learnt of the death of a former colleague and one of the pioneers of our industry, Graeme Russell, and did not want to let this pass without acknowledging his huge contribution to the rubber industry and to the marine fender industry specifically.

Graeme was the inventor of the Cone fender, an innovation that revolutionised the industry over 30 years ago. Before the Cone fender, the Cell fender represented the industry standard and Graeme’s patent signified a leap in performance, with the Cone fender having a much higher efficiency than its predecessors and exhibiting a high energy absorption to reaction force ratio.

In fact, the biggest ever contract for fender systems, which we won back in 2012 included 557 Super Cone fenders.  This order was placed for the New Port Project in Doha – a state of the art port that needed a state of the art solution, which would not have been possible without Graeme’s innovation.

I worked with Graeme at Queensland Rubber Company and subsequently at Fentek, which was established following a manufacturing and research and development agreement with Hercules, and saw Graeme’s commitment to both companies first hand as they grew, until his eventual retirement in 2001.

Trelleborg acquired Fentek, a company owned by Graeme amongst others, back in 2001. As well as the Cone fender, what made Fentek such an attractive prospect for Trelleborg was the company’s constant drive for quality. Graeme, who had a PhD in Chemical Engineering, was continually looking for ways to improve elastomeric compounds, and applied his expertise to enable innovative design in rubber and composite components, used for many engineering purposes beyond fender systems.

Of course, the optimisation and application of rubber compounds remains at the heart of what we at Trelleborg do today. Much of our work still focuses on how we can produce solutions that will better perform, reduce costs and improve safety through the understanding and evolution of rubber compound composition.