As the marine industry continues to face the challenges of globalization and increasing scale and utilization of vessels, while continuously looking for ways to improve efficiencies, shipping and port operators must look for smarter ways to deliver against these expectations.

These smarter approaches lie in automation. Smart technologies offer benefits including increased reliability, safety and efficiency in scheduling and throughput. They reduce human error, opening up data-driven strategies which massively improve strategic and real time decision making, removing ‘best guesses’ thanks to robust data sets.

As ports and terminals react to these challenges and opportunities, so must we. SmartPort by Trelleborg powers the critical interface between ship and port, on land and at sea. Building on Trelleborg’s history of engineering ingenuity and sector knowledge, with a keen eye on data capture and management, and technology-driven insight, SmartPort technologies can increase efficiencies, improve safety and improve ROI for ports and vessels alike.

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About SmartPort

Smart technologies are revolutionizing every facet of life and business, and marine ports and terminals are no exception.

There is huge potential to increase reliability, safety, and efficiency in scheduling and throughput. SmartPort by Trelleborg meets this need.

SmartPort connects port operations, allowing operators to analyze performance and use data to improve decision making. The system integrates assets like fenders, mooring equipment, ship performance monitoring, and navigation systems through a network of sensors.

Fundamental to this is the SmartPort tech stack.

The tech stack describes the architecture and operation of the SmartPort platform.

Performance data is captured through sensors and transmitters located on assets in the port and vessel environment. This data is then standardized and stored, to enable seamless interrogation when it is accessed. Trelleborg’s sector knowledge and engineering expertise inform the analysis of this data to present the most relevant and robust insights and recommendations.

Finally, consistent data is presented in an easy to access format to relevant stakeholders, across a range of device types.

SmartPort forms a solid platform for the future evolution of your port’s technological infrastructure, improving the potential of every piece of equipment and every operative, and increasing your port’s potential for profitability.

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At Sea


At sea, smart technology has a key role to play in ensuring shipping efficiency, optimizing fuel efficiency and improving sustainability.

Ship Performance Monitoring (SPM)

Fuel is the single largest operational cost of running a vessel, and costs are rising. For the last 25 years Trelleborg has been at the forefront of the development and implementation of Ship Performance Monitoring and Optimization systems. Computer-based systems have monitored and controlled the performance of complex vessels such as multi-engine Ro-Ro ferries and LNGCs.

The benefits of the SPM system lie in the increased vessel efficiency brought about by better crew awareness of energy management influences on the vessel, and through supporting the wider ship management team with shore based analysis tools.

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About Approach


As the vessel moves from the relatively unrestricted waters of the coastal phase into more restricted and busier waters near and within a bay, river, or harbor, the navigator is confronted with a requirement for more frequent position fixing and maneuvering the vessel to avoid collision with other traffic and grounding dangers. Pre-berthing coordination is key to a smooth and efficient approach.

SafePilot Navigation Aid

SafePilot represents a new generation of navigation and piloting software, designed by a team of software programmers and working Pilots from around the world.

The result is intuitive Portable Piloting Unit (PPU) software, with touch screen technology, for fast interaction and reaction, built on an intelligent kernel for handling multi-layered charts.

A new intelligent chart structure enables instant zooming and a faster response than other navigational software is capable of.

SafePilot limits the information displayed to that of real value, offering optimum support to the Pilot at each phase of operation. It is also designed with a core that allows for expansion options for dedicated applications, such as docking, lock, river or offshore operations. Likewise, the system can be integrated with shore based systems, live data and personnel add-ons.

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Challenge: A bespoke piloting system for longest pilotage route on US East Coast

Smart solution: A navigation sensor, used in paired units with one continuously charging, to accommodate the scale of the pilotage route, fully integrated with the port system and PPUs supplied: the “Chesapeake Class” CAT XT.

Outcome: Continuous operation along nearly 200 miles of waters, a capability that is completely unique to Trelleborg’s CAT XT product.

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Docking Aid Systems (DAS)

The SmartDock® provides vital information such as distance, angle and speed of approach to pilots and jetty operators, ensuring the vessel is safely docked and significantly reducing the risk of damage from a collision between ship and jetty. The typical system consists of two laser sensors, a controller, central PC and several data display options that the pilot and master can use to monitor and adjust approach.

SmartDock® improves situational awareness and enables operators to take corrective action should the approach profile exceed the limits. The lasers measure and update data second-by-second to build a ‘picture’ of the vessel’s approach. Information can be displayed in many ways.

A PC in the jetty control room logs the data and provides a graphical representation of the entire process. Vessel details are then stored in a database and can be quickly retrieved in preparation for future docking.

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Meteorological Monitoring Systems

Real-time meteorological data and trends assist operators in maximizing their berth’s operating window by providing weather information to the staff at the berth, at the operations center, or on board the vessel.

Trelleborg’s Meteorological Monitoring Systems include sensors from leading instrument manufacturers and are typically compliant with WMO guidelines for accuracy and resolution. Instruments deployed in the marine environment are subject to harsh conditions and, as such, our experience in equipment selection and deployment techniques ensures rugged, reliable and maintainable systems suitable for the conditions.

These instruments are often integrated with oceanographic instruments to form MetOcean systems.

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Oceanographic Environmental Monitoring Systems

Terminals are typically designed and operated with set limits for MetOcean conditions to ensure safety of the vessel and the terminal. Real-time MetOcean data and trends assist operators in maximizing their berth’s operating window by providing measurements at the berth. Tide, current and wave information can be provided to the staff at the berth, at the operations center, or to the vessel.

Trelleborg’s Oceanographic Monitoring Systems include sensors from leading instrument manufacturers, and all instruments deployed are suitably selected and developed to ensure appropriately rugged, reliable and maintainable performance.

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At Berth


Once a vessel reaches berth, it’s critical that personnel on-board the vessel, and on shore are able to communicate quickly, effectively and comprehensively informed by access to common data. A common approach to coordination and communication is required to avoid confusion and delays.


Trelleborg’s AutoMoor is a rope-free automated mooring system that uses vacuum technology to rapidly attach and secure a vessel at berth. It dampens and reduces vessel motions whilst improving port operational safety. It continuously monitors all mooring loads acting on the vessel at berth and provides live data to the operator.

This eliminates the requirement for active control and reduces the risk of human error. No active hydraulics are required, meaning no hazardous oil leaks or seizures, thanks to an innovative mechanical only arrangement, which passively dampens vessel motions. AutoMoor provides self-centring for pad positioning and an electro-mechanical drive system for pad extension and retraction. All this through simple electronics that require low power consumption. A pivoting base with small wharf footprint allows all maintenance to be undertaken onshore.

The AutoMoor T series is a top-mounted mooring unit designed to secure a vessel as quickly and efficiently as possible, whilst taking up minimal wharf loading area. Two different models are available in the AutoMoor T-series: the T20 Single Pad Unit and the T40 Double Pad Unit. Both are designed to secure vessels quickly and efficiently, with customized extension reach envelopes available to suit your application.

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Systems Integration

Integration is critical to maximizing safety and optimizing productivity. Trelleborg combines docking, mooring and environmental systems into a logical and easy to operate MMS (Marine Monitoring System). Key information and statuses are then distributed to the right people at the right time whether they are on board the vessel, in the control room or on the jetty. Measurement, control, data capture, storage, visualization and data distribution have been a key driver behind Trelleborg's smart marine systems.

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Trelleborg takes mooring solutions to the next level with DynaMoor. Uniting its best in class Quick Release Hook with a ground-breaking constant tensioning system, DynaMoor increases efficiency, safety and overall potential facility throughput.

Constant tension capabilities are used to pay mooring lines in and out, absorbing energy and maintaining a constant tension. DynaMoor mitigates the dynamic forces acting on vessels, helping to reduce downtime, protects assets from damage and minimizes the hazards that personnel are exposed to.

As it is SmartPort enabled, DynaMoor can be integrated with other Trelleborg docking, mooring & environmental monitoring systems to create a complete jetty solution, or deployed as a discrete system working separately of ships’ mooring lines and winches.

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Mooring Load Monitoring

Trelleborg’s SmartHook® load monitoring software provides real-time readings of the load on mooring lines and unit operating conditions, giving operators complete oversight of how events are occurring, where and when. With step-by-step mooring system sequencing clearly highlighting the operational status of the mooring unit, mooring crew and jetty operators gain access to essential data from the moment the mooring lines are attached to each hook, helping them to make better day-to-day decisions and enabling long-term operational improvements.

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Approach Transfer


When transferring hazardous materials such as oil and gas, safety is absolutely paramount. All parties require the correct data at the optimum time to stay informed and act quickly in an emergency.

Emergency Shutdown Link (ESL)

The transfer of hazardous liquids between ship and shore necessitates the use of Emergency Shutdown Link (ESL) systems. Trelleborg Marine Systems has developed its ESL for LPG, ethane, oil and chemical gas transfer operations, offering a reliable link enabling rapid and controlled shutdown in emergency situations.

The ESL comprises shore-side and ship-side sub- systems. These both possess a ‘safe area’ control unit, linked by fixed cable to hazardous area closures/ control boxes. The hazardous area enclosures are then connected together by a flexible umbilical cable that allows the two sub-systems to communicate.

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Universal Safety Link (USL)

The Trelleborg Universal Safety Link (USL) takes long standing industry practice and recommendation in the large scale LNG sector and brings this same methodology into the small scale sector. The USL system provides main and back-up systems as stipulated within ISO 28460:2010. Trelleborg offers this via a main fiber optic system with an electric Emergency Shutdown Link (ESL) backup. Both parties have a consistent display of pressure, temperature and tank level data to ensure rapid and reliable decision making. This data is also recorded to inform strategic decision making.

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Ship-Shore Link (SSL)

Trelleborg currently has SSL systems on 400 LNG carriers, 25 FSRUs and 100 LNG terminals, all supported by a global service team on 24/7 basis.

The Trelleborg SMART SSL can be supplied as a stand-alone system for existing tonnage, or for integration with other key safety and monitoring systems. The SMART system provides a significant improvement over previous operator interfaces and simplifies control and set-up.

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Challenge: Ensuring safe transfer of LNG for a 174,000m3 LNGC

Smart solution: The 600th SLL, assuring full compatibility with terminals around the globe

Outcome: Safe and efficient transfer, with 24/7 support from an industry leader

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Integrated Emergency Shutdown and Ship-Shore Link System

Trelleborg’s latest innovation is an Integrated Emergency Shut Down and Ship-Shore Link System, designed to work in both the large- and small-scale LNG sectors. The new product development brings benefits for both shipyards and ship owners. For shipyards, a simplified single cabinet solution is included to reduce both space and installation requirements. For ship owners, the new system provides improved operator feedback and visual maintenance diagnostics.

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From leaving berth to navigating the channel, it’s essential that the vessel completes a controlled, safe and efficient procedure.

Quick Release Hooks

Quick Release Hooks (QRHs) are the foundation for today’s modern mooring systems. Installed since 1972 at facilities worldwide, Trelleborg's QRHs enable mooring lines to be safely secured, and quickly and easily released even under full load.

With sizes and configurations to suit all applications, their field proven features enhance safety, reliability, ease of use and ensure compliance to international standards.

Trelleborg offers two categories of QRH, to suit both oil and gas and commercial applications. The SmartMoor range is a flexible product for Oil, Gas, Petrochemical and Bulk handling facilities, which can cater for project or facility specific requirements. ReadyMoor is a standardized QRH product range designed for commercial ports, as a smarter alternative to bollards, which improve the safety and efficiency of mooring operations at a reduced cost.

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Challenge: Complete tandem mooring systems for a remote and environmentally demanding project

Smart solution: A mooring system with integrated mooring tension monitoring, remote release and application-specific hawser retrieval winches

Outcome: A remote and demanding project with a fully integrated, best practice solution

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Piloting requires the safest, most efficient and reliable technology. It demands exceptional performance, ease of operation and high position accuracy to facilitate optimum approach, berthing and departure.

Trelleborg’s SafePilot is designed by a team of software programmers and working marine pilots to guarantee the performance piloting demands. The result is the most user friendly software on the market, with intuitive touch screen technology.

It is the only fully integrated piloting system available, featuring modules for navigation, docking, rivers and locks, distributed through a pilotage and port management server.

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Transfer Conclusion

Thank you for exploring the SmartPort Showcase.

SmartPort was developed to reflect the changing market we’re now operating within. As other suppliers evolve their offerings to become more data driven and collaborative, we know we need to be part of that change.

We are committed to continuing to evolve our SmartPort platform to keep pace with the demands of the maritime industry, ensuring increasingly better connected systems, faster port turnaround and improved efficiency gains for port and vessel stakeholders alike.

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