Ports Claim PIANC Certification Key to Compliance and Regulation

MarineLink.com
Wednesday, August 14, 2013

More than 65% of port owners, operators and contractors said they request and check PIANC certification to ensure that marine fenders are sold as described, according to the third Barometer Report from Trelleborg’s Marine Systems business.

Richard Hepworth, President of Trelleborg Marine Systems, said, “It’s reassuring that so many request and check PIANC certification. However, it’s important that owners and operators understand exactly what to look for – PIANC doesn’t have the legal mandate to enforce standards across the industry, and some of the more unscrupulous traders are using this to their advantage by applying PIANC certification to entire product lines or factories, rather than to specific product batches and compound formulations.

“This year’s Barometer Report found a significant increase in unscheduled downtime compared to last year (from 80% to over 90%). This suggests to me that the emphasis placed on checking certification in theory, is not necessarily translating to best practice.”

It is imperative that equipment specifiers, for mission critical equipment such as fenders, begin to take necessary steps to ensure that the products they are buying are truly “as described”, as underlined by the latest research undertaken by Trelleborg.

Trelleborg undertook extensive testing on two commercial sized fenders, one high quality fender and one low cost, taking samples from the fender body of each.

In the low cost fender, Trelleborg found that the tensile strength was only 9.3 mpa, well below the requirement of the customer’s original specification (16mpa). The elongation at break was also below the specification the customer required: found to be only 278% compared to the minimum requirement of 350%.

The supplier of the low cost fender had provided a test certificate with values showing that the properties of the rubber compound actually exceeded the specification. Further chemical analysis revealed that the low cost fender had low polymer and carbon black percentages, but a higher percentage of ash.

Defining rubber compound composition in fender systems is currently neither practiced nor specified in any recognised industry standard, but a new rubber specification tool from Trelleborg allows equipment specifiers to easily build in requirements such as density, polymer percentage, carbon black percentage, ash percentage and rubber to filler ratio into their purchasing specifications for fenders. The specification of the fender should be substantiated by a test procedure in which samples are taken before and after production, from both the rubber compound and the final product.
 

Maritime Reporter June 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Ports

AAPA Elect Kristin Decas as Next Chairman

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) informs it has elected Kristin Decas, CEO and port director for the Port of Hueneme (Calif.) as its incoming

Panama Canal: New Lock Gates Transferred to Atlantic Side

ACP informs that the Panama Canal Expansion has reached another important milestone with the transfer of the first gates to the new locks complex in the Atlantic side.

AKR Corporindo to Spend 2.3 trln rph on Industrial, Port Project

PT AKR Corporindo, a distributor of basic chemicals and petroleum products, plans to spend 2.3 trillion rupiah ($198.84 million) on investment in the second half of this year,

News

Wärtsilä's JV with CSSC to Expands Engines Range

Wärtsilä and China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) have signed an agreement to establish a joint venture for manufacturing medium and large bore medium speed diesel and dual-fuel engines.

Flirting with Default, Argentina Enjoys Oil Drilling Boom

Holders of Argentina's  defaulted debt and their supporters have warned the country risks being frozen out from international capital markets unless it finds

Sembawang Shipyard to Convert 2 FPSOs for Kaombo Project, Angola

Sembcorp Marine’s wholly-owned subsidiary Sembawang Shipyard has secured a Floating Storage Production Offloading (FPSO) conversion contract worth about S$600 million from Saipem SA,

Marine Equipment

Singapore Approves Danelec New-Generation VDR

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore has issued a certificate of approval for the Danelec DM100 VDR for installation on ships under the Singapore registry.

New Keel Cooling Option for Diesel Engines

Volvo Penta of the Americas today announced the availability of a keel cooling option with D4 and D6 marine diesel engines to meet customer demands in the North American marine commercial market.

Yara Names Brandtzæg New CEO

The board of directors of Yara International today announced the appointment of Svein Richard Brandtzæg as the company's new President and Chief Executive Officer.

Maritime Safety

Unplanned Encounters Discussed at Navy CNO's China Meeting

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert has left the People's Republic of China (PRC) after a successful four-day counterpart visit with military leaders,

Italy Rescues 1,800 Refugees, Five Bodies Recovered

Italy's navy said it rescued nearly 1,800 migrants in overcrowded boats in the Mediterranean over the weekend, and a merchant ship recovered five bodies from a

Exxon Rig Enters Uncharted Waters of Russian Political Storm

U.S. sanctions on Russia include Rosneft, Exxon's partner: Project may not break sanctions, but brings political risks. An ordinary, long-scheduled journey of

Vessels

Third RAmparts 2500 Tug for SMIT-Rebras

Keppel Singmarine BrasilLtda. (KSMB), of Navegantes, Brazil has recently completed the construction of the SMIT Panará, the third of a series of six Robert Allan Ltd.

Russia Doubts France Will Cancel Warships Sale

A senior Russian official said on Monday he doubted France would cancel its sale of warships to Russia, despite coming under pressure from other Western leaders

Port of Boston: A Vital Economic Engine

Port of Boston is Vital Economic Engine and Job Generator for Region. The Port of Boston generated $4.6 billion in 2012 and more than 50,000 jobs are supported by the port,

 
 
Maritime Contracts Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Navigation Pod Propulsion Port Authority Ship Electronics Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1976 sec (5 req/sec)