Trelleborg has long been committed to adding sustainable value for customers. Now, with the acquisition of UK-based SeaTechnik and its ship-to-shore communications technology, the company can offer its marine customers further savings by reducing fuel consumption and emissions.
Trelleborg recently completed the acquisition of SeaTechnik, the UK-based global market leader in ship-shore links (SSL) for the rapidly developing liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry. Specializing in the development and manufacture of marine systems, SeaTechnik is fast expanding into the area of marine energy savings. For Trelleborg, the acquisition means strengthening and building on its expertise in the LNG sector and broadening of its product portfolio and leading position within marine systems. Says Richard Hepworth, President of the marine systems business of Trelleborg Offshore & Construction: “We’re committed to growth in the LNG sector, and we want to offer a full service solution that can provide customers with a ‘one-stop-shop’ for LNG projects, building on our existing expertise and capabilities. SeaTechnik’s portfolio already had similar design requirements; the acquisition provided natural synergies and was a logical step to take.”
Before the acquisition, SeaTechnik had worked with Trelleborg on a number of applications. Richard Ceen, Managing Director at SeaTechnik, says: “We built our reputation as the world leading specialist in LNG ship-shore link and emergency shutdown systems, and we continue to develop our lead in energy monitoring and optimization of performance for ships. SeaTechnik’s product range complements Trelleborg’s business well.” As well as its world-leading ship-to-shore safety communications technology, SeaTechnik’s pioneering range of vessel technology includes ship performance monitoring (SPM) and optimization systems, which significantly reduce fuel consumption, cost and emissions on board. The most advanced version of the SeaTechnik technology delivers a return on investment for ship owners within just weeks.
For most ship companies, fuel is the single largest operating cost. For example, in 2011 one major container line consumed 9.4 million tonnes of fuel, at a cost of 5.8 billion U.S. dollars. Clearly, reducing fuel consumption provides significant financial and environmental incentives. The SeaTechnik system is available in three versions. These systems can be fitted onboard every type of ship, from tankers to LNG carriers to ferries. In one instance, Trelleborg is providing the system for the coal bulker fleet owned by a Chinese ship operator. To ensure that the crew maximizes the benefits of the technology, a training simulator for the company’s marine college is also being provided. All versions of the SeaTechnik system use complex software and hardware. At Level Three this means actively monitoring and processing between 30 and 50 parameters on board, continually controlling them in line with fine tolerances and displaying key performance indicators, thus ensuring that the vessel is operating optimally and that fuel consumption is minimized from the start of the voyage to the end.
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