The Design Process of Fendering Systems
Many factors contribute to the design of a fendering system:
Ship design evolves constantly – shapes change and many vessel types are getting larger. Fender systems must suit current ships and those expected to arrive in the foreseeable future.
Fenders impose loads on the berthing structure. Many berths are being built in exposed locations, where fender systems can play a crucial role in the overall cost of construction. Local practice, materials and conditions may influence the choice of fender systems.
Many factors will affect how vessels approach the berth, the corresponding kinetic energy and the load applied to the structure. Berthing modes may affect the choice of ship speed and the safety factor for abnormal conditions.
- Installation and maintenance
Fendering systems installation should be considered early in the design process. Accessibility for maintenance, wear allowances and the protective coatings will all affect the full life cost of systems.
The right fender choice can improve turnaround times and reduce downtime. The safety of personnel, structures and vessels must be considered at every stage – before, during and after commissioning.
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