Cavotec secures Sandvik order in Brazil

Cavotec has won a milestone order from mining equipment supplier Sandvik for four large level winder reels (see image below) for an application in Brazil. 

Cavotec winder reel

The end-customer is global mining group Vale. These large units, capable of reeling 2,000m of cable, will be designed and manufactured by Cavotec at its facility in Shanghai.

This project will serve as an excellent reference for Cavotec and its Mining & Tunnelling unit in Brazil and beyond.

 


MoorMaster™ automated mooring at the St. Lawrence

We recently shot a new film showing how MoorMaster™ automated mooring units in the St. Lawrence Seaway in Canada are improving operational safety and efficiency. Click on the link below to see this innovative technology in action.  

The St. Lawrence is the world’s first lock system to introduce automated mooring, and is introducing the technology at 13 of the locks on the Canadian side of the 600km waterway that links the Atlantic Ocean and the Great Lakes.

MoorMaster™ is a vacuum-based automated mooring technology that eliminates the need for conventional mooring lines. Remote controlled vacuum pads recessed in, or mounted on the quayside or pontoons, moor and release vessels in seconds.

 


MoorMaster™ supports Brisbane Airport expansion

Our innovative MoorMaster™ automated mooring system is delivering substantial safety benefits and efficiency gains at a dredging application in Australia, where our customer, dredging company Jan de Nul, is reclaiming 350 hectares of land for the New Parallel Runway Project for Brisbane Airport. 

Eye sea you: a video camera fitted to one of the MoorMaster units at the St. Lawrence Seaway

Eye sea you: a video camera fitted to a MoorMaster™ unit in the St. Lawrence.

“MoorMaster™ vacuum system has been very effective [...] because we were able to win more than 20 to 30 minutes per mooring / unmooring. We could also reduce the hazards (related to conventional mooring techniques) by using less manual handling,” says William Krijnen, Operational Superintendent, New Parallel Runway Project, Jan De Nul.

“The use of MoorMaster™ resolved our concerns with regards to safety hazards – (related to conventional mooring techniques and on dolphins in open water) – and this system also reduced the mooring/unmooring times significantly, approximately 1 – 1.5 hours per day,” he adds.

Eight specially adapted MoorMaster™ MM200 units moor the Charles Darwin dredger twice a day, and have been in operation since April this year.

Brisbane Airport Corporation recently published films and images taken of work being done on the AUD 1.35 billion NPR programme here.

MoorMaster™ is a vacuum-based automated mooring technology that eliminates the need for conventional mooring lines. Remote controlled vacuum pads recessed in, or mounted on the quayside or pontoons, moor and release vessels in seconds.

Watch the system in operation at the St. Lawrence Seaway in Canada - the world’s first inland waterway to use the technology.


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.