Cavotec showcases shore power at TOC Middle East

We were exhibiting at TOC Middle East this week, one of the port sector’s largest events attracting port authorities, shipping lines, and port equipment manufacturers. The exhibition was well-attended, with automation and electrification topping the agenda.

Daniel Lexander presents a seminar on automation and shore power at TOC Middle East

Daniel Lexander delivers a presentation on electrification and shore-to-ship power at TOC Middle East.

During the three-day event, one of our Ports & Maritime experts, Daniel Lexander, delivered a presentation entitled “Technical Solutions to Reduce Emissions at Container Terminals” at one of several “Tech TOC” seminars.

Daniel’s talk provided an overview of the latest technological developments and applications of these technologies at ports worldwide. One of the main topics covered was the electrification of RTG cranes previously powered by diesel. This helps reduce emissions and running costs.

The other key area of the presentation dealt with shore power, also know as “cold ironing”: the connection of ships in port to grid-generated electrical power, that enables vessels to switch of the generators, again reducing emissions.

Electricity produced for the grid, even by conventional means, is considerably cleaner than power generated by burning the low-grade oil used by ships.

Our shore power systems – Alternative Maritime Power – are now fitted, or are currently being installed, on more than 500 ships, while ports across North America and Europe use land-based versions of the technology. You can see a mobile AMP unit in action at the Port of Los Angeles here.

We look forward to continuing to work closely with port authorities, shipping lines and others on these and other innovative technologies.

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:



Cavotec to exhibit innovative technologies at OTC Houston

Cavotec to exhibit innovative offshore technologies at OTC Houston

We are gearing up for another offshore extravaganza at one of the world’s leading trade shows for the energy industry, OTC (Offshore Technology Conference) HOUSTON, which gets underway on Monday.

During the show, we will be focusing on several product areas including explosion proof (Ex) (and non-Ex) radio remote controls (RRC), Alternative Maritime Power, cable chains, power connectors, slip rings and motorised cable reels.

Billed as highlighting “the development of technologies that serve the offshore industry in the fields of drilling, exploration, production, and environmental protection”, the event attracted almost 90,000 visitors in 2012, and some 2,500 exhibiting companies.

As in previous years, we are in the Norwegian Pavilion, and you will find us at booth 5235. Click here for a full exhibition booth map.


Cavotec sales engineer cycles from Shanghai to Tibet

In an fantastic feat of endurance, one of our sales engineers, Kalchow Zhang, recently cycled 4,662km from Shanghai to Tibet with a group of friends.

Top of the world: arrival in Tibet after 4,662km

“Although the scenery was spectacular, and conditions were at times extremely hot, we just kept going!” says Kalchow.

The group took 21 days to wend their way from Shanghai to Chengdu, and a further 22 days from Chengdu to the Tibetan capital Lhasa.

Kalchow and his friends were taking part in a race that involved up to 100 riders starting from different locations every day throughout the summer.

During the event, teams scaled 14 mountains of more than 5,000 metres above sea level.

“Competition was fierce: everyone wanted to be the first to reach the peaks, but I often managed to be the fastest!” says Kalchow.

What really struck him though was how hospitable people were throughout the length of the course.

“One time, a motorist even stopped his car to give me a couple of eggs,” he says.