Port barometer report
Trelleborg has launched its fifth annual Barometer which explores the issues and challenges that the marine industry has faced over the last five years.
The report calls on the views of 200 port owners, operators, consulting engineers and contractors.
“In previous years, the Barometer Report has examined the issues helping and hindering port performance over a 12 month period. This year we decided to focus on the last five years,” explained Richard Hepworth, president of Trelleborg’s marine systems operation.
Mr Hepworth added: “One cause for concern though, is that while levels of unscheduled downtime have decreased over time, unscheduled downtime caused by fender damage has increased significantly in the last 12 months.”
“Port owners, operators, consultants and contractors need to ensure they are not replacing like-for-like out of habit – but investing in quality solutions that will perform well over a long design life.”
It is likely that the fender systems damage is caused by a lack of maintenance with 64% of those surveyed expressing that they (or their clients) only carried out inspections and maintenance every two to ten years. Over 50% believe that facilities needed to be upgraded on a regular basis at the ports.
The report covers topics of LNG bunkering, investment and growth, infrastructure and equipment, as well as new technologies and new opportunities.
A full version of the Barometer Report 5 can be downloaded from the Trelleborg website.
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