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Dedicated Seminars about 'PIANC Fender Guidelines 2024'

Released after more than two decades since the PIANC WG33 report, the WG211 document is not just an update, it is a complete new report.

SFT offers dedicated seminars to discuss details of key chapters

A must-read resource for all stakeholders in the maritime industry, the PIANC WG211 Fender Design Guidelines is an extensive document. If you want to learn more about any of these specific chapters, we have planned a series of seminars tailored to these topics:

  • Chapter 5 - Berthing Energy
  • Chapter 6 - Fender System Selection
  • Chapter 8 - Fender System Component Design
  • Chapter 10 - Test Procedures of Marine Fenders

If you are interested in topics beyond this selection, you can request a dedicated seminar for an overview of the other chapters of the WG211 report.

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Expert insights.

Learn firsthand from architects and #LeadingVoices of the WG211 report:


Dominique Polte

Dominique Polte has built a notable career in the maritime industry over the past two decades, marked by significant experience in fender design, manufacturing, and testing.

Dominique joined FenderTeam GmbH as a Sales Manager in 2007 just after the company was founded. Then quickly advanced to Sales Director and Partner in the company. In 2009, Dominique initiated the start of the US operation and moved to the US in 2010 to head the markets in the Americas as President of ShibataFenderTeam Inc. In 2016, he was appointed to the board of the company, a role is has held since.

He actively contributes to PIANC International, the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure. Over the last four years, he has been particularly involved in Working Group 211, which was responsible for the preparation and publishing of the PIANC Fender Guidelines 2024. In this group, Dominique has served as chapter lead, supporting the development of safer and more efficient waterborne transport infrastructure worldwide.


Eduardo Rodero


Eduardo Rodero graduated in Civil Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain. He also holds an MBA from the ESIC Business & Marketing School.

In 2013, he began his career at FenderTeam Americas Inc. based in the USA as Sales Manager for the development of Latin American markets. By 2017, Eduardo became a Partner at ShibataFenderTeam Group. That same year, he moved to Spain to establish ShibataFenderTeam Spain SLU., where he has effectively fulfilled his role as Managing Director of the Spanish office since then.

An experienced professional, specialized in fender systems, Eduardo has participated actively as member of PIANC Working Group 211 leading chapter 8 on ‘Fender System Component’s Design’ as one of the co-authors in the newly released PIANC Fender Guidelines 2024.

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We at the ShibataFenderTeam Group are deeply committed to our role as PIANC Platinum Partner. As the global leading fender manufacturer we support the association on improving industry standards as well as its recommendations we provide all of our knowledge and 60-year track record experience to PIANC in general and to WG211 specifically with two chapter leads and National Section’s representatives.

Participants' Opinions on other SFT Seminars

I thought the presentation was very informative. Dominique is very knowledgeable about the services and products that Shibata offers, but also about the engineering going into the design of marine fenders. Particularly useful for me where was the discussion of panel design and the description of how to use the fender modification when selecting a fender size.

Bill (Structural Engineer, Engineering Company, USA)

It was interesting to see the vast range of fenders available and were different fenders make sense for different applications. It was also good to see how NOT to install some of the fender types.

Vicky (Structural Engineer, Engineering Company, USA)

The presentation was an excellent overview for fender design for entry-level engineers or experienced professionals. The material is very well organized and useful for our entire team. The section on rubber manufacturing and performance testing was also particularly useful. This seminar goes way beyond the typical sales presentation you typically get from other suppliers.

Matt (Structural Engineer, Engineering Company, USA)

“ShibataFenderTeam has a well-structured and easy-to-understand presentation on fender topics. The SFT staff and in particular the presenter, Dominique, are responsive and very knowledgeable. You will learn a lot in the presentation. All in all, one of the best presentations on the topic of fenders I have experienced and I recommend it to any group who works in marine applications.”

Luke (Structural Engineer, Engineering Consultant Company, USA)

“Well-structured presentation useful for professionals in the maritime industry.”

Alfredo (Senior Consultant, Maritime Division, Engineering Company, USA)

“It was great to ‘meet’ you at lunchtime and thank you for a very interesting presentation. I especially liked the explanation with the energy distribution curve and the overlapping fender energy curves; it was the best explanation I have heard for how the performance factors influence fender selection. The section on panel design and hull pressures was also very interesting.”

Ned (Chartered Senior Maritime Engineer, UK)

"We recommend the seminar because it was very useful to understand the concepts and some problems that perhaps not all of us knew, it was all very clear. Thank you very much Eduardo for the quality of the presentation, the good disposition and technical handling of concepts to clarify doubts."

Cristóbal (Project Leader, Engineering Company, South America)

“The presentation material was very informative, useful and I believe it's easy to understand by the attendants. We would be very happy to recommend your seminar for another party whenever we have an opportunity and would forward all the technical information to all the attendants.”

Maria (Marine-Civil Engineer, Engineering Company, Asia)
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