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Trelleborg ships 600th Ship Shore Link system

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Trelleborg has announced that it has successfully shipped its 600th SeaTechnikTM Ship Shore Link (SSL) system – a system for the communication of emergency shutdown (ESD) signals, telephone and process data required when either a ship-to-shore or ship-to-ship (STS) LNG transfer takes place.

The SSL ESD system helps prevent surge pressures, which could result in the spillage of cryogenic liquids. This, in turn, could affect the hull integrity through cold-cracking. The SSL should be ATEX, IECEx and SIL 2 certified.

The system will be installed on a new 174 000 m3 LNG carrier, which is being constructed by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) at its Okpo shipyard on Goeje Island, South Korea. The vessel is being built for Teekay Shipping Ltd.

Odin, Kwon of DSME shipyard, said: “As one of the world leaders in the supply of LNG carriers and floating regasification and storage units (FSRUs), we recognise that the SeaTechnikTM SSL is vital to the performance of our customers’ vessels as a trading asset.”

The President of Teekay Gas Services, David Glendinning, said: “Our business is the safe, efficient transport of LNG for our customers. The SSL is a mission critical system in the cargo transfer process. Each of our vessels is also backed by Trelleborg’s Fleet Support Service, which ensures an expert is always at the end of the phone or on email, 24/7.”

International regulations and standards demand that both ships and terminals have two available independent links for transfer, and have at least one system for compatibility requirements for transferring ESD signals between the vessel and the shore. The SSL system is capable of handling all known types of links, such as fibre optic, electric and pneumatic.

The President of Trelleborg’s marine systems operation, Richard Hepworth, said: “We are proud of our track record in customer service and innovation. Teekay and DSME have been key customers for us since the introduction of our first SSL product 15 years ago. Innovation is an essential part of who we are and we have constantly evolved our technology, from the first analogue systems, to the latest digital systems controlling complex FSRUs and LNG fuelling for marine vessels – which include full process data transfer between vessels and terminals.

“In such an important market that has seen many SSL suppliers come and go, often leaving customers exposed due to lack of support, we are proud of the fact the Trelleborg has invested for the long term and the reward is the 600 SSL milestone.”

Edited from press release by David Rowlands

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