Trelleborg's Fender Systems Continue to be Specified at Southampton Container Terminal
Trelleborg’s marine systems operation has been awarded the contract to supply over 70 UE1000 Unit Element fender systems to DP World Southampton. The new systems, taking the total supplied by Trelleborg to the Southampton container terminal to over 110, will allow the terminal to berth the latest ultra-large container ships.
Richard Hepworth, President of Trelleborg's marine systems operation, says: “It’s testament to the success of the solutions we have previously supplied for the terminal that DP World Southampton awarded us the contract for the latest batch of fenders and accessories. With vessel sizes increasing, infrastructure needs to keep up and DP World Southampton is, again, leading the charge.”
Brin Humphreys, Head of Engineering at DP World Southampton, said: “Due to the proven performance of the systems supplied by Trelleborg, we had no hesitation in turning to them once again. It was clear they had the capabilities to successfully deliver our expectations and requirements again.”
Ultra-large container ship capacity
When the project is complete, Southampton will offer 1.87 kilometers of deep water quay, with up to 16 meters depth alongside. 16 quayside gantry cranes with super post panamax capacity will also enable berthing for vessels over 400 meters in length.
Trelleborg’s UE1000 Unit Element fenders were originally installed on SCT 1 berth in 1996. When the refurbishment program to SCT 2, 3 and 4 berths began in 2011, DP World Southampton was keen to maintain the existing berthing line with SCT 1 berth.
The first half of SCT 2 berth was refurbished in spring 2012, when Trelleborg supplied 17 fender systems. The latest order for the remaining 74 systems brings the total supplied by Trelleborg to 91 along the entire length of SCT 2, 3 and 4 berths. This takes the total number of systems supplied by Trelleborg to over 110, including the original supply to SCT 1 berth.