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.


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.