Cavotec shore power unit selected for simulator

Ships’ crews need to sharpen their skills from time to time, and we’re delighted to be involved in a new training facility in Sweden – the first of its kind anywhere in the world – where mariners will be instructed in how to connect ships to shore power.  

Chalmers University of Technology has installed a shore power connection simulator on former bulk carrier MS Fryken in Gothenburg. Staff from Chalmers University will train captains and crew new to shore power, as well as provide instruction for staff on vessels which already use the technology.

Fryken AMP-Training station

In the engine room of MS Fryken.

The construction of the simulator is in part a response to shore power requirements set to be introduced by the Swedish Transport Agency, and in part to meet the growing use of shore power by shipping lines which are increasingly seeing the benefits of switching off their ships’ engines in port and connecting to shore power. The training course is mandatory for all personnel who handle shore power systems.

Shore power – also known as Alternative Maritime Power (AMP), cold ironing, High Voltage Shore Connection (HVSC) – is the process of connecting ships in port to land-generated electrical power. This allows ships’ crews to switch off vessels’ diesel-fired engines, thereby reducing emissions in ports and surrounding communities.

The simulator – fitted with a Cavotec AMP connection mechanism – will be used to train crews in how to connect their vessels to the high voltage cables needed to power ships in port.

Fryken AMP-Training station

Mega-connection: the simulator instructs crews on how to connect 2-3MW cables to land-based power sources.

The simulator shows crews how ships are positioned in relation to shore power units, and how to safely connect cables to ships, which involves correctly connecting 2-3 Megawatt cables with land-based power sources.

Our Swedish readers can read more about the simulator here. And you can see one of our AMP systems – AMP Mobile – in action at the Port of Los Angeles here.

Cavotec drag chains drive bridge behemoth

What’s 57 metres long, weighs 200 tonnes and will link a floating hotel with oil platforms? Answer: the world’s longest offshore telescopic bridge. The bridge, built by Marine Aluminium, will be a walkway between specialised accommodation vessel Edda Fortis and oil installations in the North Sea. 

This highly specialised unit – powered by our advanced cable chain systems – will initially see service in the North Sea, but is designed to be readily adaptable to a variety of different applications.

The walkway section of the bridge is primarily made from aluminum, with just a 10 per cent steel content, making the structure light but durable.

Cavotec drag chains drive world's longest telescopic bridge

Bridge beast: the world’s longest telescopic walkway.

Pioneering project

This is the first time that Marine Aluminium has delivered a telescopic pedestal. It will be mounted on the vessel together with a winch system and can be raised and lowered as required.

Compared to conventional walkways, this bridge requires a large amount of hydraulics and management systems. Our drag chains ensure uninterrupted rotational, vertical and horizontal movement.

You can read more about this unusual application (in Norwegian) in Teknisk Ukeblad. And here’s news of another recent offshore energy project where our drag chains played a critical role.

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.