Cavotec powers “Ship of the Year”

Cavotec powers "Ship of the Year"

We’re delighted that the carbon fibre passenger ferry, Vision of the Fjords, has been named “Ship of the Year” at SMM in Hamburg, the world’s leading maritime trade fair. This extraordinary battery-powered hybrid vessel relies on Cavotec shore power systems to charge its battery units.

Vision of the Fjords is now in operation between Flåm in the Aurland fjord and Gudvangen, in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Nærøy fjord, southern Norway, a distance of some 20 nautical miles. A trip that the 42m-long vessel is scheduled to make around 700 times every year. The vessel is operated by the Fjords, and carries carry up to 399 passengers.

Cavotec designed and manufactured two low voltage dispenser units – located in Flåm and Gudvangen – which ensure the safe and efficient charging of the Vision of the Fjords’ battery packs.

We warmly congratulate everyone involved in bringing the Vision of the Fjords into operation, and we’re proud to have played our part in the development of this inspirational application that we believe has the potential for ferry applications all over the world. 

Cavotec has led the development of shore power technologies since the 1980s with its range of Alternative Maritime Power shore- and ship-based systems.  


Cavotec MoorMaster™ achieves 200,000 moorings

Cavotec MoorMaster™ achieves 200,000 moorings

Our innovative automated mooring technology, MoorMaster™, recently passed a landmark 200,000 moorings at applications worldwide, highlighting the growing acceptance of this unique system.

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.

Some 200 MoorMaster™ units, installed at 28 locations worldwide, have completed the 200,000 mooring operations at RO/RO, container and bulk handling, and lock applications; and in doing so have made mooring operations safer, more efficient, and even more environmentally sustainable.

Since its introduction in New Zealand in 1998, the award-winning technology has been steadily introduced at a variety of applications around the world including Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Oman, South Africa, the UK, and the United States.

Elsewhere, specially adapted MoorMaster™ units recently completed At Sea Demonstrations for a project with the US Navy, and we are also working on ATEX, (explosion proof), approved MoorMaster™ systems, potentially for use at LNG berths.

Two of the three applications in Norway combines our Automatic Plug-in System and one of our shore power units to automatically moor and then charge the battery power unit of a passenger and vehicle ferry – the first system of its kind anywhere in the world, powering the world’s first battery powered passenger ferry.

And in another recent development for MoorMaster™, Cavotec and global marine and energy services group Wärtsilä are to jointly develop the world’s first combined induction charging and automated mooring concept.

MoorMaster™ holds vessels off the berth producing a reduction in fender wear and tear. The system can also be used to reposition vessels along the berth without the need for tugs, mooring gangs, a pilot or vessels’ propulsion – resulting in operational improvements and reduced emissions. In some cases, the introduction of MoorMaster™ has also meant that operators have not needed to extend berth infrastructure.

Crucially, removing lines from the mooring process also makes mooring significantly safer for ship- and shoreside personnel.

As vessels are secured in a matter of seconds, compared to up to an hour with conventional techniques, MoorMaster™ also delivers significant operational efficiency gains. This also reduces the use of tugs, which also helps reduce emissions.

Click on the link below to see MoorMaster™ in operation at an iron ore application in Australia, and a passenger ferry berth in Denmark.

As MoorMaster™ goes from strength to strength, we look forward to developing and adapting this extraordinary technology further to make mooring ships safer, quicker, and more efficient. 


Cavotec inaugurates state-of-the-art R&D and manufacturing premises in Milan

Cavotec inaugurates state-of-the-art R&D and manufacturing premises in Milan

Global engineering group Cavotec has inaugurated the construction of its new, state-of-the-art R&D and manufacturing premises outside Milan for its Cavotec Specimas business, a facility that will support the continued development of key technologies that will in turn ensure future growth for the group.

“Cavotec Specimas has always driven the development of some of our most innovative technologies – motorised cable reels, MoorMaster™ automated mooring, slip ring collectors, and Alternative Maritime Power systems – so it is important that we continue to invest in such a valuable asset,” explains Ottonel Popesco, Cavotec CEO, during the inauguration ceremony.

Also present at the event were chairman and co-founder of the Cavotec group, Stefan Widegren, along with former CTO and co-founder Peter Brandel. Current Cavotec CTO, and Specimas managing director, Patrick Rosenwald, and Specimas general manager, Sandro Teruzzi, also attended, as did the mayor of the local area, Nova Milanese, other local officials and religious leaders, and several members of Cavotec management.

Once complete, the new Cavotec Specimas building will offer some 13,400sqm of workshop area, and 2,900sqm of office space. The premises also allow for future expansion of a further 4,900sqm of workshop area.

The new facility will be fitted with the latest energy-saving and environmentally friendly equipment, including in-ground heating in the workshop and an air conditioning system for the offices that meets the latest standards in efficiency and environmental performance. The roof of the facility will be fitted with 230kW solar energy panels.

The new Cavotec Specimas centre is scheduled to be ready for use towards the end of 2017.

VittorioBaldoni, a mechanicalengineer, foundedSpecimasin 1963 and Cavotec acquired the business in 1984.


Cavotec UK marks opening of new premises

Cavotec UK marks opening of new premises

Cavotec UK recently completed a successful move to new and larger premises in Stockton-on-Tees, a site ideally suited to the company’s future growth and expansion. Working closely with the landlord, Cavotec UK has also overseen the full redevelopment of the site.

The premises were officially opened by local member of parliament and Government minister, James Wharton, on April 1, during a ceremony attended by local dignitaries, officials and media.

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Cavotec UK Managing Director Gary Matthews welcomes guests.

 

The new facility provides a unique manufacturing environment for Cavotec Dabico’s advanced aircraft fuelling equipment systems, which are marketed worldwide. In February, Cavotec UK reported one of its strongest months to date in terms of manufacturing output and invoicing.


MoorMaster™ introduced at two UK ferry berths

MoorMaster™ to be introduced at two UK passenger ferry berths

In the latest development for our innovative MoorMaster™ mooring technology in the UK, Wightlink Ferries is to introduce the system at two of its passenger and vehicle ferry berths in Portsmouth, (on the mainland), and Fishbourne on the Isle of Wight.

“This is our first MoorMaster™ order in the UK and adds to our growing list of ferry applications in Europe,” says Ottonel Popesco, Cavotec CEO.

Cavotec will supply three MoorMaster™ MM400 units, two for installation in Portsmouth, and one in Fishbourne.

The introduction of MoorMaster™ will allow Wightlink’s new, larger vessel to use the existing berth at Portsmouth, without having to make a costly extension to it, which would have also caused difficulties for manoeuvring vessels.

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.

To date, some 200 MoorMaster™ units are installed at 28 locations worldwide and have completed an estimated 150,000 mooring operations at Ro/Ro, container and bulk handling, and lock applications.


MoorMaster™ at Helsinki: installation on-going

MoorMaster™ at Helsinki: installation on-going

The Port of Helsinki’s MoorMaster™ project continues to progress smoothly, with installation of the automated mooring units underway, and commissioning scheduled for April/May 2016.

The Port of Helsinki ordered the six MoorMaster™ MM400 units in 2Q14 for the Länsisatama passenger ferry berth. The units will moor large ferries, up to six times a day, on the Helsinki — Tallinn route.

The introduction of automated mooring at the port is one of a number of initiatives undertaken with the support of the European Union’s TEN-T transport infrastructure programme.

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.

To date, some 200 MoorMaster™ units installed at 28 locations worldwide have completed an estimated 142,000 mooring operations at ro/ro, container and bulk handling, and lock applications.