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.


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.


Cavotec in 2013 – another defining year for inspired engineering

Our largest MoorMaster project to date, our combined AMP and MoorMaster system designed – the first of its kind anywhere in the world – and our move up to Mid Cap on the Stockholm OMX: here’s our pick of the milestones that made 2013 another defining year for Cavotec.  

Image courtesy of Norled

We’re supplying the world’s first combined automated mooring and shore power system for a passenger ferry service in Norway. Image courtesy of Norled.

In November it was announced that the Transnet National Ports Authority had placed a EUR 10-million order for 26 MoorMaster™ units for the Port of Ngqura. Not only is this Cavotec’s largest order to date for MoorMaster™, it is also the first in Africa.

A World-first

July brought news of a unique project in which we are combining automated mooring with our Alternative Maritime Power (AMP) technologies to form a single, fully integrated system for a passenger ferry service in Norway. A world-first, the degree of automation of this system is unparalleled, and will ensure safer, cleaner and more efficient operations for the end-customer, Norled.

We also secured another breakthrough MoorMaster™ order in Norway, this time for a bulk handling application. While there are several such applications in Australia, this will be first of its kind in Europe.

Airports also strong

The year was also positive for our airports unit, with major orders in the US, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. It was also encouraging to report several orders in India.

We attended all the major exhibitions and trade shows, including Inter Airport Europe, during which we launched a fuelling element to our E3 Gate. The E3 Gate - Ergonomics, Economy and the Environment – supplies parked aircraft with 400Hz power, PCAir, blue and potable water and sewage – and now fuel – via underground pit systems. This makes for an uncluttered tarmac, thereby improving safety and operational efficiency.

Future potential

Another segment where we saw substantial growth in 2013 was the oil and gas sector – an area that we expect to continue to grow in the future.

We rounded off a strong year with the news that the Cavotec share was upgraded to a Mid Cap listing on the Stockholm OMX, a development that indicates potential for the future.

And finally, heralding the opportunities of 2014, on January 1 this year, new regulations came into force in California requiring greater use of shore power systems. This is an area where we have been active for many years, and where we continue to lead the development of innovative systems that help ports and shipping lines dramatically reduce their environmental impact.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all our partners, colleagues and customers that helped make 2013 one of our best years yet. Here’s to applying the power of innovative thinking and inspired engineering in 2014 and beyond.

 


Automated mooring and shore power: a world first

As we announced back in the summer, our automated mooring technology, MoorMaster™, will be integrated with another of our innovations – Alternative Maritime Power (AMP) – to create a single system that will first moor and then connect a passenger ferry to electrical power to charge its batteries.  

Image courtesy of Norled

Image courtesy of Norled

We’ve supplied MoorMaster™  units to ports and locks all over the world – Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, and Oman for example; and we’ve pioneered innovative AMP systems that are used across Asia, Europe and North America. But we’ve never integrated both technologies for the same application.

“This has never been done before: an integrated system that incorporates mooring and shore power connection with this degree of automation is entirely unique,” says Sofus Gedde-Dahl, Managing Director of Cavotec Norge A/S.

The integration of the two technologies will ensure the safe and quick mooring of the vessel, and the charging of its  batteries, while passengers and cars disembark and board the vessel in just ten minutes.

The 80m-long ferry  a battery-powered catamaran operated by Norled and due to enter service in 2015  will carry around 120 cars and 360 passengers, and will make 17 crossings of the Sogne Fjord between Lavik and Oppedal in Norway daily.

The MoorMaster™ units will be operated by our hand-held radio remote controls used by the ship’s captain from the bridge of the vessel.

Once secure, the mooring system will signal to the shore power unit, and a laser sensor will then guide an electrical connector to a hatch in the side of the vessel, connect to the ship’s battery and start charging.

Mooring ships at the touch of a button

MoorMaster™ is a vacuum-based system 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.

Since its introduction in 1998, it has performed more than 70,000 mooring operations (as at August 2013) at passenger ferry, bulk and container handling, Ro-Ro and lock applications all over the world.

Given the possibilities that this uniquely innovative application offers automation applications globally, we certainly hope to see more hushed, seamless ferry services plying not just the fjords of Norway, but anywhere where ports want safe, smooth, efficient and sustainable operations.


PortTechEXPO lights the way for port innovation

We showcased our AMP technologies at last week’s PortTechEXPO in Los Angeles, an event we also sponsored.

It was organised by non-profit business incubator Port Tech LA. This year’s event, the fourth of its kind, featured some 100 clean technologies, with more than 300 civic and local and global business leaders in attendance.

Executive Director Port Tech LA Stan Tomsic; Cavotec CEO Ottonel Popesco; LA Mayor Eric Garcetti. Photo: Taso Papadakis

Executive Director Port Tech LA Stan Tomsic; Cavotec CEO Ottonel Popesco; LA Mayor Eric Garcetti. Photo: Taso Papadakis.

The technologies focused on energy, environment, security and transport, primarily for the ports and maritime sector. At our stand – with the help of an actual connector unit – we demonstrated how our AMP systems are helping ports and shipping lines cut emissions.

Keynote speakers included Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Geraldine Knatz, newly elected LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and our CEO, Ottonel Popesco.

Popesco also had the opportunity to speak with Mayor Garcetti, Knatz and the Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission, as well as a large number of other key contacts.

These discussions, and the interest in the exhibition as a whole, point to the substantial potential of the Ports & Maritime sector generally, and specifically in our niches of electrification and automation.

Learn how our innovative technologies are improving how ports operate in our E3 Berth film.


Cavotec sponsors PortTechEXPO cleantech event

We’re always on the lookout for great ideas, so we’re delighted to be sponsoring the upcoming PortTechEXPO in Los Angeles that brings together innovative clean technologies from around the world with the business community.

“Working closely with the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Cavotec has developed innovative systems in the LA area for many years, so we’re keen to help ensure tomorrow’s clean technologies receive the support they need to flourish,” says Ottonel Popesco, Cavotec Group CEO.

A Cavotec AMP system connects a container ship to shore power.

A Cavotec AMP system connects a container ship to shore power.

PortTechEXPO is organised by non-profit business incubator PortTechLA. This year’s event, the fourth of its kind, will feature around 100 clean technologies, and more than 300 civic and business leaders.

The technologies featured are in the areas of energy, environment, security and transport, primarily for the ports and maritime sector.

The event will be held at the Port of Los Angeles on September 11. In addition to Cavotec, other sponsors include the Port of Los Angeles, TransPower, Locke Lord, Esri, SA Recycling, The Wentworth Company and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.

You can see how our innovative technologies are improving how ports operate in our E3 Berth film.