MoorMaster™ to be introduced at two UK passenger ferry berths

MoorMaster™ to be introduced at two UK passenger ferry berths

In the latest development for our innovative MoorMaster™ mooring technology in the UK, Wightlink Ferries is to introduce the system at two of its passenger and vehicle ferry berths in Portsmouth, (on the mainland), and Fishbourne on the Isle of Wight.

“This is our first MoorMaster™ order in the UK and adds to our growing list of ferry applications in Europe,” says Ottonel Popesco, Cavotec CEO.

Cavotec will supply three MoorMaster™ MM400 units, two for installation in Portsmouth, and one in Fishbourne.

The introduction of MoorMaster™ will allow Wightlink’s new, larger vessel to use the existing berth at Portsmouth, without having to make a costly extension to it, which would have also caused difficulties for manoeuvring vessels.

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.

To date, some 200 MoorMaster™ units are installed at 28 locations worldwide and have completed an estimated 150,000 mooring operations at Ro/Ro, container and bulk handling, and lock applications. 


MoorMaster™ at Helsinki: installation on-going

MoorMaster™ at Helsinki: installation on-going

The Port of Helsinki’s MoorMaster™ project continues to progress smoothly, with installation of the automated mooring units underway, and commissioning scheduled for April/May 2016.

The Port of Helsinki ordered the six MoorMaster™ MM400 units in 2Q14 for the Länsisatama passenger ferry berth. The units will moor large ferries, up to six times a day, on the Helsinki — Tallinn route.

The introduction of automated mooring at the port is one of a number of initiatives undertaken with the support of the European Union’s TEN-T transport infrastructure programme.

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.

To date, some 200 MoorMaster™ units installed at 28 locations worldwide have completed an estimated 142,000 mooring operations at ro/ro, container and bulk handling, and lock applications. 


Cavotec concludes successful inter airport Europe

Cavotec concludes successful inter airport Europe

Our Airports team is concluding another successful inter airport Europe which saw the launch of our new Series 2500+ frequency converter, as well as fruitful meetings with customers, suppliers and the media.

This was the 20th year of the bi-annual show, which this year attracted some 600 exhibitors from more than 40 countries. During the show, which got underway on Tuesday and wraps up today, we demonstrated our innovative in-ground technologies, the highlight of which was the launch of our Series 2500+ converter on Wednesday.

The 2500+, which is designed for use with a 400Hz modular coiler, (PowerPack I-connect), guarantees 500% overload at the gate, compared to just 400% common in existing systems. The extra capacity ensures aircraft services are maintained at the gate, and is sufficient to meet the growing capacity demands of larger aircraft in the years ahead.

The 2500+ can be installed horizontally on passenger bridges, or vertically on the apron. In both cases, the unit is virtually identical, thereby lowering operating costs for customers. It is also compatible with European and North American power requirements, and has been designed to withstand the high ambient temperatures of the Middle East.

Alongside the launch of the Series 2500+, we also released a new software package, Cavotec Skyway, which allows operators to remotely access the unit via a PC, tablet or smartphone.

Our thanks to the organisers for another highly worthwhile and well-run event. No doubt we’ll be back in Munich in 2017 for the next inter airport Europe.


Cavotec co-hosts shore power event in Bergen

Cavotec co-hosts shore power event in Bergen

Cavotec, Schneider Electric and the Port of Bergen are hosting a major event on shore power next week which will gather leading experts to discuss how the technology is playing an increasingly important role in reducing emissions at the world’s ports.

On Tuesday, June 16 delegates will gather in Bergen to consider key aspects of global shipping’s use of shore power, including the latest developments in shore power technologies, how changes in regulatory frameworks are affecting the application of shore power, and the challenges that exist for its wider use.

Cavotec’s Luciano Corbetta, Sales Director for our Ports & Maritime unit, will join other industry experts, environmental organisations and local and global media for a series of seminars and in-depth case studies.

Shore power – also known as Alternative Maritime Power (AMP), cold ironing, and High Voltage Shore Connection (HVSC) – is the process of connecting ships in port to land-generated electrical power. This allows vessels’ diesel-fired engines to be switched off, thereby reducing emissions in ports and surrounding communities.

We will also be hosting a port visit during which attendees will see Bergen’s shore power installation at first hand. Furthermore, the event promises to be an excellent opportunity to meet colleagues and network with fellow ports and shore power professionals.

Cavotec is a leading supplier of innovative shore power technologies. Our AMP systems are in use at a large number of low and medium voltage ship- and port-based applications worldwide.


Partnerships strengthened in port equipment orders

The world’s leading crane manufacturers, port operators and ship owners continue to rely on Cavotec to meet growing demands for advanced crane technologies and innovative shore power systems. A number of recent orders, (announced at the end of March), amounting to a total of €10 million attest to this.

A Cavotec motorised cable reel powers an STS crane at the Port of Oakland

A Cavotec motorised cable reel powers an STS crane at the Port of Oakland

For the Pasir Panjang Terminal at the Port of Singapore, the most advanced terminal in the world’s second busiest port, the Group has been awarded a total of five orders. The most substantial of these is for cable reels that will supply electrical power to 72 ZPMC Automated Stacking Cranes. Another ZPMC order will include the largest power and spreader reels ever manufactured by Cavotec Spec- imas, one of Cavotec’s eight Centres of Excellence. The reels are designed for four ZPMC STS cranes destined for the Port of Genoa, and demonstrate significant advances in meeting growing customer requirements in terms of scale, performance and technical complexity.

“These projects highlight the degree of co-operation Cavotec enjoys with equipment manufacturers, and the world’s largest port operators, as a preferred supplier of a variety of innovative, mission-critical systems,” says Ottonel Popesco, Cavotec CEO.


MoorMaster™ automated mooring at the St. Lawrence

We recently shot a new film showing how MoorMaster™ automated mooring units in the St. Lawrence Seaway in Canada are improving operational safety and efficiency. Click on the link below to see this innovative technology in action.  

The St. Lawrence is the world’s first lock system to introduce automated mooring, and is introducing the technology at 13 of the locks on the Canadian side of the 600km waterway that links the Atlantic Ocean and the Great Lakes.

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.