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TRELLEBORG LAUNCHES AUTOMOOR FOR SMART, ROPE FREE MOORING

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

Docking and mooring can play a critical role in increasing throughput of an individual berth and overall port facility. No matter the application, ports and terminals worldwide are under pressure to increase throughput. However, trying to do so at the same time as dealing with increasing vessel sizes can be difficult. Optimizing operational windows is an effective route to improving efficiency and one that AutoMoor enables by reducing the time taken to moor vessels.

AutoMoor is a rope-free, automated mooring system that uses smart technologies to enable a faster berthing process and improve safety levels within the port environment. Using vacuum technology to rapidly attach to and secure a vessel at berth, it reduces vessel motions, and continuously monitors all mooring loads acting on the vessel at berth, providing live data to the operator to optimize day-to-day port and terminal operations. It also minimizes personnel involvement to reduce human error and improve safety.

With mooring units that provide real time data to monitor vessel mooring loads, Trelleborg is offering the automated technology needed to compete effectively in today’s complex, global landscape.

Automated mooring technologies minimize downtime by reducing the effects passing ships have on moored vessels. When using mooring lines, operators may need to interrupt operations, costing time and money in delayed product transfer. Using an automated mooring system to dampen vessel motions and extend the range of conditions in which efficient transfer can take place can have huge implications for efficiency.

AutoMoor is also intended to help ports and terminals become more environmentally efficient, because vessels can be secured in under a minute and released in 30 seconds. This reduces vessel idling time and reduces the time tug boats are required alongside the vessel until the mooring operation is complete, cutting emissions overall.

Trelleborg’s AutoMoor solution falls under the operation’s SmartPort portfolio. SmartPort is Trelleborg’s answer to the need for a standardized way to collect and store data in marine applications. It’s a technology platform that connects port operations, allowing users to analyze asset performance and apply data insights, to improve day-to-day decision making.

The most important aspect of SmartPort is the open API structure which enables collaboration with third party systems and third party assets. Historically, Trelleborg has supplied many products for the port environment, from fenders to mooring equipment to ship performance monitoring to navigation and piloting systems: each of which can have their own sensors fitted. By adopting SmartPort architecture, all of these systems and more can be brought under one cloud based system.

To find out more about AutoMoor, download the brochure and discover the smarter approach to docking and mooring: http://ow.ly/ARF330fiAaa

 

COUNTDOWN TO THE TERMINAL AUTOMATION AND TRAINING C-LEVEL NETWORKING CONFERENCE

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

It’s only a couple of weeks until we take part in the second Terminal Automation and Training Conference, organized by Port Technology. I’m proud to be sponsoring the conference for the second year running and really looking forward to some new discussions that are bound to be just as interesting and progressive as last year.

This year, I’ll be taking part in two of the panel sessions over the course of the two day event. The first is ‘Supply Chain Collaboration and Automation’ and the second, ‘Beyond moves per hour and terminals of the future’.

We’ve got a lot to say on both topics! Anyone that reads this blog will have noticed the focus we’ve given to terminal automation over the past few months. I’m looking forward to getting stuck into another debate on the principles and practicalities of better supply chain collaboration especially, and how automated technologies can facilitate and improve it. This topic was discussed by Futurist Gerd Leonhard in our recent report ‘Preparing for the Port of the Future’, and it’s a subject we’ve been giving a lot of thought to since.

The conference brings together thought leaders in automation and training from across the shipping industry. There will be discussion on all stages of terminal automation, as well as the implications on port staff training and the need for simulation to facilitate this.

I’m very much looking forward to attending again, and I hope you’ll join me there.

To find out more and secure your place at the conference, visit: www.porttechnology.org/conference

 

 

TALKING TERMINAL AUTOMATION: WE’RE BACK AT THE PTI CONFERENCE

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

We’re gearing up for a big year this year. We’ve talked a lot about how the industry is changing – and must continue to change – to effectively embrace smart technologies.

We’re keen to talk to like-minded industry stakeholders and find out what their plans are too.

The Port and Terminal Automation and Training Conference is the perfect place. Last year’s conference was a huge success and a really interesting platform for debate, and I’m very much looking forward to participating in this year’s two day event.

The marine industry is at a crucial point in its journey towards a new, more efficient and automated future. We want Trelleborg to be at the heart of it. We’re looking forward to discussing the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead with some of the biggest names in port and terminal automation and training.

To find out more about the conference, visit: http://ow.ly/g2j6308nhBs – and watch this space for more news from Trelleborg on how we’re embracing smart technologies and evolving accordingly.

 

 

NEW TERMINAL AUTOMATION AUDIT: SET THE INDUSTRY BENCHMARK

We have recently launched a new survey which aims to assess the digital maturity of global ports. The Terminal Automation Audit is intended to determine how ‘future ready’ international facilities are, by examining how advanced the use of ‘smart’ technology and data is across the industry.

The results of the survey will set the benchmark for a new industry assessment tool and feed into a report on the state of play in the industry now, with predictions for the future.

The Terminal Automation Audit takes the form of two surveys: one for terminal and port stakeholders, and a second for ship owners, builders and shipping lines.

From terminal and port owners and operators, we want to understand the current uptake of automated technologies, ongoing optimization, data use and future planning.

From shipping stakeholders, we’re keen to learn how much importance is placed on digital technologies at marine facilities, and how much automation plays a role on board.

To have your say and set the industry benchmark, click here for vessels, or here for terminals.