Since the beginning of the year, ShibataFenderTeam Spain, our Spanish branch, is a Corporate Member of the Spanish section of PIANC, the ‘Asociación Técnica de Puertos y Costas’ (ATPYC). ATPYC was founded in 1998 and is one of the many National Sections of PIANC, The World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure. ATPYC has a very active and engaged community of members and operates its own Working Group dealing with ‘Integration of maritime equipment oriented to berthing and mooring of ships in docks’. Our Sales Engineer Alvaro Rodero, responsible for the markets in Spain, Maghreb, and West Africa, will represent ShibataFenderTeam in this Working Group. His 5 years of experience with ShibataFenderTeam gave him the possibility to gain an extensive amount of knowledge of all kinds of projects in the fender industry, which he looks forward to share with the Working Group Members. With SFT Group at his back, he is supported by a network of expertise and experience.
As a Corporate Member of ATPYC, we become part of a well-connected association and will be able to further expand our connections to the national port association including main port authorities, main contractors, main engineering and suppliers.
Our new office in Spain is not even a year old and we already celebrated two successfully completed installations in 2018 –Cylindrical Fenders for the Port of Málaga and Port of Gijón. The Port Authorities of both harbors relied on us and were satisfied with our high-quality products and especially with our ongoing design and engineering support for their fender equipment. The successful start of our Spanish office confirms our strong position in the Spanish market and leaves us with a fantastic outlook into future operations.