Highlights from this year’s TOCEurope

Here are some highlights from this year’s TOC Europe, including an interview with our CEO, Ottonel Popesco. 

With more than 3,500 attendees, TOC Europe was once again an excellent opportunity to meet existing and potential customers, as well as hear about the latest trends in the ports industry.

We exhibited a range of our innovative systems for ports during the show, including MoorMaster™ automated mooring, AMP shore power, Panzerbelt cable protection systems and radio remote control systems.

This year’s event was a great success, and we’re looking forward to attending next year’s exhibition in June next year in Ahoy in the Netherlands.


Gullfaks B drag chain project underway

Gullfaks B drag chain project underway

Cavotec’s largest oil and gas project to date – upgrading Statoil’s Gullfaks B drilling platform – is now fully underway and is proceeding well. 

Our engineers recently began work on the installation, one and a half months ahead of schedule.

The guide system for one chain system is now mounted, and our customer, Aibel, a leading engineering, construction, upgrading and maintenance service provider in the oil, gas and renewable energy sector, is happy with progress.

Cavotec is supplying, testing and commissioning three sets of stainless steel drag chains as part of a of a major modernisation programme that will extend the operational life of the Gullfaks B platform to 2032.

Cavotec supplies advanced power control and automation technologies to a wide variety of offshore energy customers worldwide.


Joint mooring, shore power system wins innovation award

Our combined automated mooring and shore power system has won the inaugural Innovation of the Year Award at the Electric & Hybrid World Expo 2014, an event that “honoured the world’s finest engineers, innovations and products in the electric and hybrid marine arena.”

Clear skies at Fjellstrand quay and Norled ferry August 2014

The award panel, made up of figures drawn from the ports sector and media, were asked to vote for “the pioneering technology or technical innovation that they felt pushed the boundaries and contributed in some way to making electric and hybrid propulsion possible and viable.”

Other award categories included Supplier of the Year, Electric & Hybrid Propulsion System of the Year and Propulsion System Manufacturer of the Year.

The jury selected our combined automated mooring and shore power system, currently being installed at two passenger ferry berths in Norway, that will be used by the world’s first fully battery powered, catamaran-hulled ferry, run by Norwegian ferry operator Norled.

In service separately at a large number and wide variety of applications worldwide, this is the first time that we are fully integrating our MoorMaster™ automated mooring and Alternative Maritime Power (AMP) technologies into a single system.

The 80m-long vessel will have capacity for around 120 cars and 360 passengers, and will make 17 crossings of the Sognefjord daily. It is scheduled to enter service in 2015.

The mooring system will signal to the AMP unit when the ship is secure, and a laser sensor will then guide the AMP connector to a hatch in the side of the vessel, connect to the ship’s battery and start charging.

By using MoorMaster™ the ferry’s propeller system can be switched off for nine minutes during each 10-minute boarding process, giving more than sufficient time to connect to the Cavotec AMP system to charge the on-board batteries.

With around 6,000 port calls made annually on the route, the air quality improvement and fuel cost savings compared to using conventional mooring and power systems is considerable.

 


World’s first combined automated mooring and shore power project on track

The world’s first battery-powered ferry was delivered recently, heralding a new era in environmentally responsible shipping. The vessel, which will serve a high-frequency route in Norway, will use our very first combined automated mooring and shore power system.

World-first: the Norled battery-powered ferry

Plain sailing: the world’s first battery-powered ferry. (Image: Norled)

The ferry, built in Gdansk, was recently delivered to Fjellstrand shipyard in Norway for outfitting and sea trials, and is set to enter service on January 1 next year. If your Norwegian is up to scratch, you can read more about the delivery, and this innovative project, here.

The project is a collaboration between ferry operator Norled, Fjellstrand shipyard, Siemens and Rolls Royce. The 80m-long vessel is designed for around 120 cars and 360 passengers, and will make 17 crossings of the Sognefjord between Lavik and Oppedal daily.

The ferry, the first of its kind, has been nominated for SMM’s ‘Ship of the Year Award’, the winner of which will be announced in September this year.

Cavotec automated AMP and MoorMaster™ systems are currently being installed at the Lavik and Oppedal berths ahead of the introduction of the ferry.

Unprecedented level of automation

The level of automation in this application is unprecedented: the MoorMaster™ units will be operated by the ship’s captain using our hand-held radio remote control units. The mooring system will signal to the AMP unit when the ship is safely moored. A laser sensor will then guide the AMP connector to a hatch in the side of the vessel, connect to the ship’s battery and start charging.

We’re pleased to report that all equipment deliveries for this project are also on schedule. We’ll keep you updated about this exciting project in the months ahead. In the meantime, here’s a link to some great footage of MoorMaster™ in action at a similar application in Denmark, and a bulk application in Australia.

 

 


Cavotec radio remotes pack a punch

Here’s news of another of our radio remote control (RRC) applications, this time with units that control the flow of explosives from tank trucks to boreholes via hoses.

Fire in the hold: 395 boreholes packed with explosives

Fire in the hold: boreholes are packed with explosives.

At this construction site in Sweden, the units ensured that 300 to 400 boreholes were safely filled with 30-40kg of explosives. Special features on these, (and on three other trucks), include an ‘AD TWIN’ system that boosts the maximum range of the units. The need for a reliable, long-range radio link is considerable, especially in these sorts of applications.

The units’ displays also provide operators with data on the amount of explosives in any given borehole, the total amount of explosives in all the boreholes, and pump pressure. All these are easily selected by the operator at the push of a button on the terminal unit.

Full control: a Cavotec MC-23 RRC unit ensures safe operations at all times.

Full control: a Cavotec MC-23 RRC unit ensures safe operations at all times.

Each truck is supplied with two identical systems which allows two operators to fill explosives simultaneously from one truck. We have supplied four trucks with this system for this customer, and are set to upgrade several other vehicles with similar equipment.

Cavotec RRCs are used at a wide variety of applications all over the world. Amongst many others, notable applications include operating traffic systems, equipment on deep sea drilling rigs and to even help clear unexploded munitions. The units are also used to operate our MoorMaster automated mooring system.


Exploring new opportunities at a packed OTC 2014

We’re at the vast #OTCHouston exhibition this week, and judging by the sheer number of visitors, you can see why it’s one of the largest trade shows in the offshore sector.

Busy, busy, busy: OTC 2014 is exceptionally well attended.

Busy, busy, busy: the Cavotec stand at OTC 2014.

According to organisers, OTC (the Offshore Technology Conference) is “the world’s foremost event for the development of offshore resources in the fields of drilling, exploration, production, and environmental protection.”

At this year’s event we’re exhibiting our range of systems for offshore energy and maritime applications, including steel drag chains, radio remote controls (of the explosion-proof and standard varieties), MoorMaster™ automated mooring, AMP, cable chains, power connectors, slip rings and motorised cable reels.

The Cavotec team tell us that our radio remote controls – used, amongst other things, for operating machinery in harsh environments – are attracting particular interest.

“A lot of people are asking about our radio remote control systems; it’s a market where we certainly see a great deal of potential,” says Sofus Gedde-Dahl, Managing Director, Group Sub-unit Oil & Gas.

If you happen to be at OTC, do drop in to see us at stand 5235!