Electrification, automation drive port and ship projects

Last week we announced a series of projects with ports and shipping lines involving our innovative electrical supply and automated mooring systems.

Salalah has used MoorMaster™ at various berths for many years.

Salalah has used MoorMaster™ at various berths for many years.

The largest of these project is for eight MoorMaster™ automated mooring units for the Omani port of Salalah, which has already been using MoorMaster™ at a number of different berths for several years.

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™ has completed more than 100,000 mooring operations to date at Ro/Ro, container and bulk handling and lock applications worldwide.

Click on the link below, and you’ll see MoorMaster™ in action at the St. Lawrence Seaway in Canada.

We’re also encouraged to see a number of orders for one of our latest innovations: our Automatic Plug-in System (APS). APS automates the electrical power and communication connection of cranes, ships and other mobile equipment to the power grid, thereby expanding the use of mobile electrical equipment. The system delivers cost savings, environmental benefits and improved safety standards.

At DP World’s major development at the Port of Yarimca in Turkey, we’re set to supply APS equipment that will provide electrical power and communication connection for Electric Rubber Tyred Gantry (ERTG) cranes. And in another project at the same port, we’re supplying Konecranes with APS equipment that will be installed on 18 ERTG. And for one of the largest container terminals in Portugal, we’re supplying APS for 11 ERTG.

And for a new container terminal in Surabaya, Indonesia and in Melbourne, Australia, we’re supplying a total of 22 cable reeling systems for Automated Stacking Cranes.

Elsewhere, for a major European shipping line, we’ve won a substantial order to supply Alternative Maritime Power (AMP) reel systems for nine new-build container ships. We’ve also been awarded a similar order for AMP equipment that will be installed on five container vessels for a Chinese container line. Our AMP systems reduce vessel emissions in port thereby helping to improve air quality in surrounding communities.


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.