Cavotec nominated in Emerging Market Airport Awards

Facing competition from major industry groups, Cavotec Middle East has been nominated as Best Emerging Market Airport Equipment Service Provider in the 2011 Emerging Market Airports Awards. The competition celebrates excellence in the airports sector in Africa, the Indian sub-continent, Russia, CIS, Eastern Europe and the Baltic States.

The awards cover a wide variety of categories ranging from Best Airport Design and Planning to Best Communications Service Provider, and even Airport Cargo Personality of the Year. The competition seeks to highlight best practice and significant achievements in the industry, especially in areas such as “recognising, addressing and reducing your airport’s environmental impact“.

Cavotec develops integrated GSE for airports around the world

The competition is organised by Dubai-based event-management company Arabian Reach, that specialises in hosting awards, exhibitions, conferences and road shows in the Airports, Aviation, Logistics, Education & Leisure sectors.

All those who wish to do so can cast their votes here.

Cavotec’s Airports market unit develops integrated systems for airports around the world that help drive operational efficiencies, reduce tarmac congestion and improve air quality. The unit is made up of Cavotec Dabico, Cavotec Meyerinck and Cavotec Fladung. Working closely with airlines, aircraft manufacturers and airport operators, Cavotec designs, manufactures and integrates a broad range of advanced ground support equipment, including in-ground fuel and utility systems, tunnel systems and pre-conditioned air units (PCAir).


Zero-emission Concept Terminal Launches World Tour

Global logistics group, Wallenius Wilhelmsen (WWL), is preparing to showcase its zero-emissions Castor Green Terminal concept at a series of industry events around the world in 2011.

The terminal and handling centre concept seeks to demonstrate that ports, if designed and organised appropriately, will be able to operate without generating any air-, sea- or land-based pollution. You can learn more about the project in the film below.

WWL hopes the initiative can show renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind power, and building and equipment design can combine to ensure that ports operate with minimum environmental impact. The Group believes the concept will come to fruition by 2020. The Castor Green Terminal tour gets underway at the Automotive Europe Conference in Bonn, Germany, that starts on March 1.


MoorMaster™ Secures New Bulk Handling Application

Cavotec’s automated mooring technology, MoorMaster™, has achieved further success with news that Australian mining company, Karara Mining, has ordered 12 MoorMaster™ units for installation at the iron ore handling facility at the Port of Geraldton in Western Australia.

Karara Mining has ordered the MM200D units for use at their dedicated bulk handling facility at the Port of Geraldton to minimise the serious safety risk of mooring lines parting. All MoorMaster™ MM200D units are specially designed and built to withstand falling rocks and fine iron ore dust.

Situated some 400km north of Perth, Geraldton is one of Australia’s busiest regional ports. The Port has historically been one of Australia’s larger grain export ports and today, more than half the port’s exports are generated from minerals and iron ore.

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, moor and release vessels in seconds. The system offers improved safety, improved operational efficiency and the potential for infrastructure savings.

MoorMaster™ units at Port Hedland similar to those that will be installed at the Port of Geraldton.

MoorMaster™ is becoming a popular choice at bulk handling applications in Australia. For example, 14 MoorMaster™ MM200B units have recently been commissioned at the Port Hedland Port Authority, and Cavotec has recently delivered eight MM200D units to Hamersley Iron Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of Anglo-Australian mining group Rio Tinto, for the Dampier Fuel Supply Wharf in the Port of Dampier.

MoorMaster™ is an increasingly accepted and widely adopted technology that has performed more than 40,000 mooring operations, with a 100% safety record, at ferry, bulk handling, Ro-Ro, container and lock applications around the world.

For more information about MoorMaster™, you can download a recent technical article about the technology published by Port Technology International here. And a video of a version of the system, installed in locks on the St. Lawrence Seaway in Canada is available on our YouTube site here.


Sany Port Machinery, Gottwald Port Technology Join PEMA

Sany Port Machinery has become the first Chinese company to join the Port Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA), along with Germany-based Gottwald Port Technology, further extending the Association’s pool of global professional experience.

“Given the strength of the Chinese port and shipping sectors, Sany’s extensive experience and broad product portfolio make the company an especially valuable source of expertise. We also welcome Gottwald Port Technology – a powerful player in the port equipment market for more than a century,” explains PEMA President, Ottonel Popesco.

Sany Port Machinery produces reach stackers, container handling equipment, yard cranes – including rail-mounted gantry cranes and rubber-tyre mounted gantry cranes – and ship-to-shore cranes.

Tracing its origins back to 1906, Gottwald Port Technology is part of the Demag Cranes group. Gottwald’s product range includes mobile harbour cranes, such as portal harbour cranes and floating cranes, automated guided vehicles for horizontal container movements, automated stacking cranes and wide span gantries.

PEMA provides a forum and public voice for the global port equipment and technology sectors, reflecting their critical role in enabling safe, secure, sustainable and productive ports and thereby supporting world maritime trade.

The Association has steadily expanded its membership in the past three years, with equipment suppliers drawn from all sides of the ports industry. PEMA has also established working groups to focus on key issues for the ports sector within the fields of safety, environment and technology.

PEMA now has 41 member companies including: ABB, Actiw, Advanced Microwave Engineering, APS Technology, Baltkran, Brevetti Stendalto, Brieda Cabins, Bromma, Bureau Veritas, Cargotec, Cavotec MSL, Conductix-Wampfler, Control Techniques, Craneports, Gottwald Port Technology, Hi-Tech Solutions, Hyster Europe, Identec Solutions, ifm electronics, Konecranes, Lasstec, Linde Heavy Truck Division, Liftech Consultants, Loxystem, MAFI Transport-Systeme, Michelin, Nexans, Portek Group, Pintsch Bubenzer, Prysmian, RAM Spreaders, Sany Port Equipment, SICK, Siemens, Stinis, Svetruck, Terberg Benschop, Terex Cranes, Tratos Cavi, TTS Port Equipment and Visy.


Q4 Results Show Strong Finish to 2010

We recently released our Q4 results that showed our solid performance in for much of 2010 extended into the last three months of the year. Here are some highlights from the period, the full report is available on our website.

With consistently strong Order Intake figures throughout the preceding quarters, our Order Book stands at EUR 66.4 million, an increase of 1.5% on Q4 2009 and down 8.4% on Q3 2010. Our rolling 12-month Order Intake came to EUR 144.2 million, up slightly compared to Q4 2009.

Our Ports & Maritime Market Unit saw an encouraging amount of activity during the period, booking strong results for numerous key systems such as shore power and automated mooring applications.

The commissioning of 14 MoorMaster™ MM200B units installed at Utah Point in Port Hedland, Australia, is proceeding well with several rope-free moorings already having taken place. A full hand-over of the system is scheduled to take place in the coming weeks. Further successes for the MoorMaster™ include a project to research and develop an ATEX (explosion proof) approved MoorMaster™ systems, potentially for use at LNG berths.

In addition to ongoing sales to OEM customers, our Mining & Tunnelling Market Unit also registered two substantial orders in Australia for a total of 18 horizontal cable reels including related products and systems such as radio remote controllers, consoles and drag chains.

The Airports Market Unit was very active throughout Q4, registering many orders for different types of systems across the globe. One of these orders came from Nigeria, where we are to supply Pop-Up Pits to Murtala Muhammed International airport in Lagos. This is breakthrough order for Cavotec as we look to expand our activities on the African continent. We received a number of orders for different types of ground support equipment in Europe, the Middle East and the US.

The General Industry Market Unit continued to register considerable activity in Q4, not least in the Middle East where an order was received for eight Cavotec Meyerinck Top Loading Arms, made from both stainless steel and carbon steel. In China, we received a large breakthrough Power Connectors order to supply plugs and sockets for use on the high-speed bullet trains connecting Shanghai and Beijing. The project consists of a total of 70 high-speed trains designed to cover the distance between the two cities in less than five hours.


60Hz Shore Power Live at the Port of Gothenburg

Representatives from Stena Line, ABB and the Port of Gothenburg at the official opening of the 60Hz shore power application

In a further sign of the growing interest in the environmental and economic potential of shore-to-ship power, the Nordic region’s largest shore power application was officially opened at the Port of Gothenburg on January 26.

Representatives from eight ports across northern Europe attended the event hosted by ABBStena Line and the Port of Gothenburg.

The application, developed by ABB, Cavotec and Processkontroll, provides 60Hz electrical power – rather than the standard 50Hz used for alternating current in Europe. The new unit is designed to power the world’s largest Ro/Pax ferry, the Stena Germanica that serves the Gothenburg – Kiel route twice a week. The 240m-long vessel is due to be joined by her sister ship, the Stena Scandinavica, later in 2011.

The Port of Gothenburg has pioneered the use of shore power, with the first such application introduced there in 1985. Currently, 30 per cent of vessels calling at Gothenburg use shore power, also referred to as ‘cold ironing’ or Onshore Power Supply (OPS). Ultimately, the Port hopes that all vessels calling there will use shore power.

For more information on this application, please see the media release published on the Port of Gothenburg’s website. More images from the event are available on our Facebook.

Stena Germanica at the Port of Gothenburg, January 26, 2011