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.

Demonstrating the benefits of shore power

We recently co-hosted an event at the Port of Ystad in southern Sweden, during which we delivered a seminar on the environmental and economic benefits of shore power

We hosted the event with ABB, the Port of Ystad, electrical systems specialist Processkontroll Elektriska, technical consultancy Grontmij, Polferries and Unity Line. You can see images from the event on our Facebook page.

AMP demo in the sunshine. Photo credit: Heléne Ohsbeck

AMP demo in the sunshine. Photo credit: Heléne Ohsbeck

Last year, Ystad became the latest in a growing number of Swedish ports to adopt shore power connection. Our Alternative Maritime Power (AMP) technologies enable ports and shipping lines to meet growing pressure in terms of legal requirements and public sentiment to reduce ship emissions.

AMP allows ships to switch off their engines and connect to shore side electricity. Doing this reduces fuel consumption and dramatically cuts emissions.

The Ystad installation is made up of four ferry berths used for sailings to the Polish city of Świnoujście. As well as Ystad, the Port of Stockholm, the Port of Gothenburg, the Port of Trelleborg and the Port of Karlskrona all use Cavotec AMP systems.

The first such applications came on line in the ports of Gothenburg and Stockholm in the 1980s. Our shore power systems are also increasingly used at ports on the US west coast, as well as in Canada, Europe and the Far East.

AMP is just one way we are helping ports cut emissions. We are also working closely with our customers on other electrification and automation technologies – for example electrically powered cranes and automated mooring – that are reducing environmental impact at ports worldwide. Watch the film below to find out how: