In 2015, there was an increase in the amount of unscheduled downtime ports endured because of problems with their fenders, a report has revealed.
Trelleborg’s barometer report surveyed port owners, operators, contractors and consultants across the world and found that 60% of them have experienced unscheduled downtime due to fender damage. This is an increase on the 20% who experienced it in 2014.
Problems with fenders may be explained by the report’s finding that only 36% of respondents carried out the recommended annual inspections and maintenance of their fenders. Over 60% only carried out inspections and maintenance every two to ten years.