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Trelleborg to lead ASTM task group

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A representative from Trelleborg’s marine systems operation will head-up the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) ’Standard for Liquefied Gas Ship Shore Links’ (SSL) standardisation group as Technical Director, Andrew Stafford, is appointed as Task Group Leader.

The ASTM is a globally recognised leader in the development and delivery of voluntary consensus standards. Today, over 12 000 ASTM standards are used around the world to improve product quality, enhance health and safety, strengthen market access and trade, and build consumer confidence.

Andrew Stafford, says: “Linked ship-shore Emergency Shut-Down (ESD) systems have been a recognised safety feature of traditional LNG carrier transfer operations for many years. However, provisions of linked ESD systems in the emerging trades of LNG FSRU and LNG bunkering, as well as the non-methane gas distribution between ships and terminals, are being hampered by the lack of an accepted industry standard for equipment, to achieve the required connection.

“To that end, myself and the team that will be built for the Task Group will look to develop an industry-wide standard, covering the minimum requirements for the safe transfer of liquefied gasses using SSLs. Ultimately, providing recommendations for how we can take welcome steps forward in evolving the inter-connection of ESD systems for universal adoption.”

Trelleborg has supplied SSL systems since 1996 and is the leading supplier globally, having received contracts for over 650 systems. The company’s extensive knowledge and experience led to the development of Trelleborg’s SMART SSL system. This system can be supplied as a stand-alone one for existing tonnage or for integration with other key safety and monitoring systems. It provides a significant improvement over previous operator interfaces and simplifies control and set-up.

Trelleborg’s SSL falls within the company’s SmartPort portfolio. SmartPort is Trelleborg’s answer to the need for a standardised way to collect and store data. It is a technology platform that connects port operations, allowing users to analyse asset performance and apply data insights, to improve day-to-day decision making.

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