The earliest citation of a “Bollard” given by the Oxford English Dictionary (referring to a maritime bollard) dates from 1844. It is defined as “A short, thick post on the deck of a ship or a quayside, to which a ship’s rope may be secured”.
From the 17th and 18th centuries, old cannons were often used as bollards on quaysides to help moor ships alongside. The cannon would be buried in the ground muzzle-first to approximately half or two-thirds of their length, leaving the breech (rear end) projecting above the ground for the attachment of ship-to-shore lines.
The Bollard stands as a symbol of disarmament and promotion of peace to the benefit of trade and prosperity.
Bollards are however much more than just pieces of steel posted in a quay wall.
Today they not only symbolise but ensure the physical connection between ship and shore. They secure the vessel and its cargo to the quay allowing safe cargo handling. The Bollard connects thus continents and links the sea with land. They find themselves under the tackle when goods are transferred from ship to shore and vice-versa.
Providing a safe link for goods to move, Bollards are still an essential element in today’s value chain of goods and containers moving from producers to consumers and thus a key-component in today’s multimodal transportation.
The “BOLLARDBLOG” provides a forum for views and innovation supporting the development of the purpose of Bollards in their mission to contribute to the smooth and flawless flow of goods and containers between continents, sea and land and beyond. Providing a secure operating environment with focus on sustainable Synchromodal transport solutions is the mission of the “BOLLARDBLOG”
Constructive critical contributions will find their way into the industry of multimodal transportation and logistics with focus on Planet, People, Prosperity and Partnering.
While Planet, People and Prosperity are nouns, we define Partnering as a verb meaning “a platform for People and Organisations working together”.