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TRELLEBORG COMPLETES ACQUISTION OF MARIMATECH

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

I am delighted to announce that today, we have signed an agreement to acquire Marimatech A/S, a Danish company that designs and manufactures advanced marine positioning and piloting systems, specializing in the development of software used for docking and mooring ships offshore and in ports. The acquisition is expected to complete in the fourth quarter of this year.

Many of you reading this will already be aware of Marimatech’s portfolio of intelligent docking and mooring solutions, including the SafePilot and other PPUs, Berthing Aid Systems and Environmental Monitoring Systems.

Marimatech’s product portfolio is attractive to us, not only for the obvious synergies with our existing portfolio, but also for the opportunity the integration of both offerings represents.

Marimatech’s navigation and ship positioning product line uses the latest ‘smart’ technology and can be utilized in other applications. This technology can be integrated with our existing range, as we look to take a smarter approach to port and terminal efficiency, and extend the automation that is becoming increasingly well-established on the land side, to the jetty side too.

Of equal importance is the fact that Marimatech truly shares Trelleborg’s standards, having been built on the values of innovation, technology and quality.

Marimatech has a head office and production facility in Aarhus, Denmark, and, like Trelleborg, takes care of the full end to end solution, with in-house design, manufacturing and project management capacity.

I’ve been working closely with Niels Jorgen Vase, Managing Director at Marimatech for the last few months to ensure that the acquisition runs as smoothly as possible, and that both companies continue to deliver the same exceptional levels of service to our customers throughout the transition period. I’m very much looking forward to introducing our two teams and sharing best practice so that our customers can enjoy an enhanced product portfolio and even better service in future.

TRELLEBORG TO SPONSOR PIANC YOUNG PROFESSIONALS NETWORKING EVENT

By Richard Hepworth, President of Trelleborg’s marine operation

Given the growing importance of nurturing young talent within the industry and our unwavering commitment to best practice as a PIANC Platinum Partner, we are delighted to be named as the official sponsor of PIANC’s latest Young Professionals-Com (YP) networking event, to be held on 27 November at The Penny Black in Singapore.

YP-Com is dedicated to the career development of PIANC members 40 years of age and younger; locally, nationally and globally. The event, which will also be attended by various industry leaders, is designed to encourage global participation within PIANC, and facilitate networking amongst young and senior professionals.

At the event, Regional Sales Manager of Trelleborg’s marine operation, William Tan, will take to the stage to discuss a range of key industry issues as well as Trelleborg’s longstanding association with PIANC.

For more information about the event, or if you’d like to register your attendance, contact Zigian Yang: ziqian.yang@dmc.nl

 

 

TRELLEBORG ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR PORT PERFORMANCE SEMINAR IN BRAZIL

By Richard Hepworth, President of Trelleborg’s marine operation

At a time of economic recovery across much of the Latin America market, now is the time for consultants to specify quality and intelligently steer port owners and operators away from cutting costs up front, enabling them to reap the benefits of investing in solutions that guarantee quality over a whole lifecycle.

With that in mind, I am delighted to announce that we will host an exclusive one-day seminar for port consultants on 11th November at the Windsor Excelsior Hotel in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Designed to provide consultants with everything they need to know about the latest developments in port and terminal infrastructure, the free to attend seminar will see the experts at Trelleborg discuss a range of key industry issues including PIANC marine fender best practice, Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) guidelines for docking and mooring systems, as well as rubber and foam marine fender and foam buoy design. In addition, Mishra Kumar will discuss the importance of ingredient selection, mixing and the manufacturing process in marine fenders.

For more information about the seminar, or if you’d like to register your attendance, contact Paulo Carmesini: TMS.Brazil@trelleborg.com

 

TRELLEBORG COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF MARITIME INTERNATIONAL

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

I’m delighted to report that today, we completed the acquisition of Maritime International, Inc., a U.S. based company which specializes in the design and manufacture of fender systems and a number of other quay wall accessories. Maritime International also has the capability to design and fabricate a wide range of steel structures for the marine market.

As well as the obvious similarities and synergies between our product portfolios, the two companies are very closely aligned in terms of values.  Both are committed to design and engineering excellence, with a particular focus on in-house expertise and customer support.

I’m looking forward to working closely with our new colleagues to share best practices and processes across both businesses, and continuing to deliver the highest quality products to our customers.

We recently opened our new American headquarters in Berryville, Virginia, and with our Houston office, the acquisition takes our sites in North America up to four, with Maritime’s head office and main manufacturing facility in Broussard, Louisiana, and a second quayside manufacturing facility in Port of Vermilion, Louisiana.

We’ve committed significant resource to the region in the past year, and the acquisition is just the latest step we’ve taken to allow us to better serve our customers here, as well as reinforcing Trelleborg’s leading position globally.

I’ll leave you with a few words from David LeBlanc, president at Maritime International.  I’ve spent a lot of time with David in the lead up to the announcement, and look forward to continuing to work with him to make sure the transition is as smooth as possible for both our employees and our customers.

“We’ve built a strong reputation in North America, and now boosted by the financial strength of Trelleborg, we look forward to continuing to provide the excellent products and services that customers from both legacy companies have come to expect.”

TRELLEBORG ENGINEER JOINS PRESTIGIOUS GASTECH YOUNG ENGINEER FOUNDATION

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

We call ourselves the Performance People because we ensure the right support is in place for our customers from conceptual design to after sales care. To enable us to deliver truly end-to-end service to our customers, we’re committed to the professional development of our staff.

With that in mind, I am delighted to reveal that Matthew Walker, Project Engineer at our operation in Australia has been handpicked to join the esteemed Gastech Young Engineer Foundation (GYEF).

Given the growing need to attract young talent to the energy industry, the GYEF recognizes and supports the next generation of engineers. The GYEF’s committee, which represents several leading figures in the global energy industry, selected Matthew as one of just 80 successful candidates from several hundred applicants.

Bolstering the professional development of engineers in the early stages of their career, the GYEF has awarded Matthew access to an exclusive package of educational and networking opportunities. This includes a complementary delegate pass for the 2015 Gastech Conference & Exhibition in Singapore (27th – 30th October 2015), providing the opportunity to connect and network with peers and industry leaders. In addition, Matthew has also been awarded a lifetime membership to Gastech’s Young Engineer Alumni and granted unlimited access to online mentoring from thought leaders through a dedicated section of the GYEF website.

For Matthew to be recognized so enthusiastically at such an early stage in his career is a phenomenal feat. We hold a long-standing commitment to the professional development of our staff, and this is testament to our ability to produce industry ready talent.

To find out more about The Gastech Young Engineer Foundation, visit: http://www.youngengineersfoundation.com/

THE IMPORTANCE OF MIXING, MANUFACTURING AND MODULUS

We’re pleased to announce that, last week, we launched a brand new whitepaper and webinar which aim to raise awareness of the importance of ingredient selection, mixing and the manufacturing process in marine fenders.

Building on our previous research into ingredient selection and its impact on fender performance, the new materials highlight that compound modulus – the relationship between stress and strain in a cured rubber sample – is a far more effective and robust measure of fender performance than the traditional ‘hardness’, which is currently used in the industry.

The new research has proven beyond doubt the need for a new measure of fender performance, as ‘hardness’ is unreliable and can be easily falsified. As such, we suggest that the industry moves towards measuring the modulus of rubber compounds, to ensure the characteristics of the fender are truly understood.

Compound modulus is the determining factor of a fender’s performance, and highly impacted by the dispersion of filler in the rubber.  This dispersion, in turn, is dependent on the mixing process, the quality of which is determined by the machinery used.

We have discovered that even a superior rubber formulation – one which uses natural rubber and reinforcing fillers – can be degraded if it is subjected to an inferior mixing process, ultimately producing a low performance compound and a low performance fender.

The uniformity of filler dispersion within the rubber is critical: poor dispersion can lead to damaging effects such as reduced service life, poor performance, poor appearance and even poor product uniformity.

Our new whitepaper discusses the importance of the machinery used to mix the ingredients: there are a number of related parameters that affect filler dispersion in the final mix, including ram pressure, rotor speed and design, coolant temperature and sequence.

The new whitepaper explores which machinery options are most effective and give manufacturers the most control over these critical factors.

The webinar goes into more detail on the importance of measuring modulus, including an examination of filler dispersion in compounds produced by different mixing machines.

We’d love you to read the whitepaper, and watch the webinar – and let us know what you think of the new research in the comments.

To download the whitepaper, “Rubber Fenders: Mixing it Up”, please click here.

To watch the webinar, “Assuring fender Performance”, please click here.

EXAMINING THE IMPACT OF MEGA SHIPS

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)’s International Transport Forum recently released ‘The Impact of Mega Ships’, a new report investigating the impact of larger container ships on infrastructure, equipment and port traffic.

The report, which looks at the pros and cons of the current ‘mega’ container ships, put forward that 24,000 TEU vessels, which could be in service as soon as 2020, will have a major impact on main trade lines, potentially raising transport costs and hindering the competitiveness of ports overall.

We submitted information to the report with regards to the impact that ever increasing vessel sizes are having on port infrastructure, and in particular fenders and docking and mooring equipment such as bollards and hooks.

It’s a timely report. Our latest Barometer Report survey, the fifth that we have conducted, has found that ports are still struggling to keep up with the demands of increasing vessel sizes, especially in terms of onwards logistics.

This is another problem highlighted by the OECD report: although increasing vessel sizes have delivered cost savings in the past, these are decreasing with size, and size-related ‘fixes’ to port and hinterland infrastructure could be substantial.

A more complex challenge

Whilst mega ships bring these increased demands with them, one of the biggest challenges we see is actually designing berths to accommodate the large vessels of the future, whilst ensuring that they are still able to accommodate smaller vessels in the short term.

For our part, this requires fender design that can accommodate a wide range of operating parameters.  Designing a fender system that will perform successfully with kinds of vessel means the rubber compound must be fine-tuned to absorb the required energy, no matter the size of the ship. The properties of the rubber element must be hard enough to withstand the high loads from larger vessels, yet soft enough to accept the loads from smaller vessels.

Bigger ships doesn’t necessarily equal bigger fenders

The new generation of large container vessels uses several fenders at once, which limits the need for increased fender sizes; the extra amount of energy that needs to be absorbed is simply absorbed via more fenders. However, designing for multiple fender contact is still not straightforward for new mega vessels. The considerable bow flare of these ships, designed to accommodate as many containers as possible, mean that even a small berthing angle can lead to contact between the ship and the quay wall equipment.

Taking the pressure off

The rubber component of the fender system can be developed in other ways too, and can even reduce the impact on other port equipment in accommodating mega ships. For example, by designing fender systems with a smaller profile – but more efficient performance characteristics – ports can avoid the often costly process of extending or replacing cranes.

As we see it, ever growing vessel sizes certainly bring with them a whole host of new considerations for ports, not least upgrading infrastructure to allow them to berth. With onwards logistics considerations bringing about their own problems, there needs to be more collaboration and communication across the whole supply chain.

Working with and across suppliers, through an iterative process, from design, is critical to ensuring the port itself benefits from the increased throughput of increased vessel sizes, rather than being hamstrung by it.

TRELLEBORG HOSTS PORT INFRASTRUCTURE AND INNOVATION SEMINAR

Here at Trelleborg, It’s important to us to have a constant dialogue with port owners, operators and consultants, to ensure that we’re always listening to the market and can pre-empt and meet new demands as they arise.

As such, we decided to host an exclusive, free to attend seminar featuring the themes of port infrastructure and innovation. The seminar was held on March 26th at the Grand Connaught Rooms, London, England.

The seminar provided valuable insight on design and selection best practice with the objective of improving efficiencies and optimizing performance. As well as the presentations given on the day, it was a great opportunity for us to get feedback from the attendees and find out more about the challenges that the market is facing to continue to inform our product development.

Our experts discussed topics from best practise in docking and mooring to rubber quality, buoyancy products, marine products, navigation aids and CE marking. The seminar also saw guest speaker, Peter Beamish, chairman of the BS6349-4 committee on fenders and moorings, take to the stage to discuss the scope and changes in the new code of general practices, and how these changes can affect mooring solutions on a global scale.

In all, I would like to say a huge thanks to all those that attended and for your extremely positive feedback. With that in mind, we thoroughly look forward to planning more in the future.

TRELLEBORG OPENS NEW, PURPOSE BUILT US FACILITY

I am delighted to announce that we have now opened our brand new U.S. headquarters in Berryville, Virginia. To ensure we’re best placed to meet ever-growing customer demands in the region, the new site houses a 36,000 square foot manufacturing facility for foam-based marine fenders and buoys and a 9,000 square foot sales and business development office.

All employees from our previous site in Clear Brook, Virginia, have now made the move to operate from Berryville.

TRELLEBORG LAUNCHES NEW STANDARDIZED QUICK RELEASE HOOK SOLUTION

Here at Trelleborg, we have provided countless facilities with the customized, high performance solutions needed to optimize their mooring operations. With that in mind, I am delighted to reveal that we have taken the extensive knowledge and expertise gained through our SmartMoor range and applied it to developing a new, streamlined product for customers with less complex requirements, such as those in commercial ports and harbours.

With the ReadyMoor range, a standardized solution that provides the fastest lead times, we now have the ideal solution.

Thanks to its ‘ready-made’ approach, the ReadyMoor range provides a solution that offers the safety and operational benefits of QRHs, whilst passing on commercial benefits to the customer. The series is available with average delivery of just 12 weeks, the time it takes to assemble, test and ship the product.

The compact design of the new range ensures a small installation footprint, minimizing deck space usage and installation costs.

The new hook also reduces maintenance requirements through a single stage locking mechanism, which has fewer moving parts and is available in double or triple hook units with a Safe Working Load (SWL) from 50 tonnes to 150 tonnes. Models with an SWL of 60 tonnes and higher are also available with integral capstans, if required.

To find out more about Trelleborg’s new ReadyMoor range, download the Product Application Briefing now. Alternatively, for a more detailed specification, download the ReadyMoor datasheet at http://ow.ly/K91n9