Cavotec automated mooring wins bulk safety award

Cavotec automated mooring wins bulk handling safety award

Cavotec’s innovative automated mooring system, MoorMaster, recently won the International Bulk Journal’s Award for Safety in Bulk Handling (Marine) sponsored by DNV. This is the latest in a series of awards for the unique technology.

Dedicated exclusively to the maritime dry bulk industry, the IBJ’s annual awards recognise achievements by individuals and companies that improve efficiency, safety and environmental protection.

According to the award citation: “Judges were impressed by Cavotec’s MoorMaster system installed in Port Hedland, Australia, as risk to personnel from mooring incidents is completely removed. Snap back related injuries as well as injuries from ‘man handling’ lines are now a thing of the past.”

The Port Hedland application, at the Utah Point dry bulk loading facility, entered service in 2010. Work is underway to install MoorMaster units at a second berth at Port Hedland.

MoorMasterwas also a key component in the Port Hedland and Pinc Group’s successful entry for the 2011 Western Australia Engineering Excellence Awards. The entry went on to win the same category in Australia’s national Engineering Excellence Awards. The technology also won the Australia Bulk Handling Award 2011 for Best Practice in Occupational Health & Safety.

MoorMasteris 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. In addition to improved safety and productivity, the technology also has the potential to deliver infrastructure savings in many applications.

The technology has performed more than 40,000 mooring operations to date at bulk handling, ferry, container ship and lock applications around the world.


Cavotec and ABB cut ship fuel consumption by 25%

Cavotec and ABB team up to help cut ship’s fuel consumption by up to a quarter

Cavotec has completed work on the development of a unique marine propulsion system that, in conjunction with an innovative ship design, promises to improve fuel consumption by up to 25 per cent.

Cavotec was involved in the power, signal and fluid transfer to long-standing partner ABB‘s Contra Rotating Propeller Azipod XO®, which makes dramatic improvements to fuel economy and reduces environmental impact.

The Group supplied one of its marine propulsion slip rings (MPS) to be located inside the ship on top of the Azipod unit. The MPS also enables the pod and propeller to rotate 360 degrees, which reduces or eliminates the need for assistance from tugs in port.

The propulsion system has been included in the design of a 2,000-TEU container feeder ship by Danish naval design and marine consultancy Knud E Hansen. Among the key characteristics of the vessel and its propulsion system are the reduced need for water ballast, the potential for increased slow-steaming and flexible transit speeds.

According to a news release published by Knud E. Hansen, “The high container capacity [of the vessel] in combination with the fine hull lines and very efficient propulsion system gives the vessel a fuel economy 15-25% better per TEU than typical feeder vessels of similar size.”

Cavotec has supplied MPS since the early Nineties when ABB Marine and Kvaerner Masa Yard of Finland approached the Group for a R&D study into power, data and hydraulic transmission for a revolutionary ship propulsion system using an outboard electrical motor rather than the traditional (on-line shaft) inboard diesel powered propulsion.

Today, with MPS installed all over the world in cruise liners, ice breakers, ferries, military ships and other types of vessels, Cavotec is the only supplier able to offer a complete system combining electrical, data and hydraulic transmission.