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.


MoorMaster™ locks onto biggest project yet

With our largest project for automated mooring to date - for 13 locks in the St. Lawrence Seaway in Canada – MoorMaster™ continues to shake up the shipping industry. 

MoorMaster™ is already in use at the Seaway and in the video below, you can see how the specially designed units hold vessels securely through variations in water level of up to 14m. The St. Lawrence is the world’s first inland waterway to introduce automated mooring.

Considered to be one of the greatest engineering feats of the 20th century, the 600km-long Seaway is made up of 15 locks that form an essential trade link between the Atlantic Ocean and the Great Lakes.

The project is the latest in a series of major orders for MoorMaster™ – a technology that is revolutionising the way ships are moored.

In November last year we announced what at the time was our largest order for the system, and our first in Africa. And in July we won a project to develop the world’s first integrated automated mooring and shore power system for a passenger ferry service in Norway.

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.

Since its introduction in 1998, MoorMaster™ has performed some 80,000 mooring operations at passenger ferry, bulk and container handling, Ro-Ro and lock applications all over the world.

 

 


Cavotec RRCs keep control system ship-shape

Our radio remote control (RRC) units support a wide variety of applications worldwide. In one of our latest projects – inaugurated earlier this month - we delivered an integrated control system that operates eight lanes of traffic lights, a road barrier and hydraulic decks on a car ferry in Sweden.

The Braheborg ferry on the Gränna-Visingsö service.

The Braheborg ferry on the Gränna-Visingsö service.

The ferry service links the island of Visingsö to the mainland at the town of Gränna in central southern Sweden, with some forty sailings daily. A new ferry, the Braheborg (see image above) will be introduced onto the route later this year. The vessel was named recently at the ceremony attended by residents and local officials.

Our system consists of four MC-3200 RRC terminals fitted with a radio link, and base units installed at Gränna and Visingsö.

Cavotec has supplied the RRC systems and control boxes with Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) that feature software to operate all functionality demanded by Sweden’s national road and safety regulations.

A special feature on this installation is real-time view of the status of all traffic and road barriers, shown on LED indicators mounted on the terminals. These will show operators which lights are red or green, and the position of the road barrier.

Also, a key part of the installed system is that is equipped with twin radio technology to ensure a range of more than 1,500 metres between the terminal and base units. This feature is an essential requirement because it allows operators to switch on shore-based fog lights to ensure safe navigation.

For our Swedish-speaking readers, you might like to find out more about the opening ceremony here (on TV4), or here (on SVT). And there’s more background on the application, (again, in Swedish), here (Trafikverket), and here (Infrastruktur Nyheter).

 


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.

 


Cavotec “digitises” logo with LogoGrab smart phone app

We’ve teamed up with smart phone app innovator LogoGrab to enable customers, suppliers and the general public to interact more easily with Cavotec.

“We’ve “digitised” our logo, making it simpler for people to engage with us. It couldn’t be easier to use, and the beauty of it is, that it uses our existing logo,” says Julia Weinhart, Manager, Cavotec Group Communications & PR.

Cavotec app

Point and shoot: logo grabbed

LogoGrab reads company logos much the same way as a QR code to link to content such as homepages, social media channels, event news or promotions. The technology uses existing logos: there is no need to incorporate QR codes.

Anyone who downloads the LogoGrab application to their smartphone will be able to use the app to read the Cavotec logo wherever it appears – print advertisements, event panels, financial reports, even a Cavotec product – and the phone will instantly direct the user to Cavotec content on the phone’s internet browser.

“We’re delighted Cavotec has taken the time to connect their logo to LogoGrab. The app is an ideal way for people to connect with the brands they want to do business with or that they are interested in,” says LogoGrab Co-founder Luca Boschin.

LogoGrab, based in Switzerland currently expanding in the US market, was established in 2012. The company already has some 600 customers ranging from small firms and sports clubs, to mid-size corporations and major multinationals.


Infrastructure modernisation: challenge or opportunity?

The intensifying debate over the need to modernise infrastructure in the US and elsewhere has focused on the scale of the challenge; but should this also be considered an opportunity for engineering and innovation? 

In a recent article, The Economist highlighted how the US is grappling with the need to upgrade its aging maritime infrastructure.

According to the article, around 70 per cent of America’s imports and 75 per cent of its exports transit its ports. Furthermore, the size and number of ships calling at US ports is steadily increasing. Despite this, only seven US ports are currently capable of handling Post-Panamax container ships.

A Cavotec cable reel powers a container crane at the Port of Salalah in Oman

A Cavotec cable reel powers a container crane at the Port of Salalah in Oman.

And last week, the consultancy McKinsey & Company published a report entitled “Rethinking Infrastructure”. The document, which can also be seen as a call to action, described the extent of the challenge:

“Just to keep pace with projected global growth between now and 2030, the world will have to spend $57 trillion on roads, bridges, ports, power plants, water facilities, and other forms of infrastructure.”

This would, according to the consultancy, require a considerable increase in investment levels from those of recent years, and collaboration between a broad range of public and private actors.

While these challenges are considerable, Cavotec anticipates a role for engineering and innovative technologies that will improve the transport of people and goods – at ports, airports, via road and rail – and add to the quality of life that societies have grown to expect and are likely to increasingly demand. It’s a huge challenge – but one that we relish being a part of efforts to meet.

As Cavotec Chairman Stefan Widegren outlined in the Group’s annual Report 2011:

“With the support of our stakeholders and in close co-operation with customers, we could achieve great things for the benefit of us all. This will eventually lead to smarter solutions, a better economy, better use of our resources and an improvement of the world we live in.”

For some forty years, Cavotec has developed innovative technologies – such as automated mooring for ships - that ensure cleaner, more efficient operations in industrial applications all over the world. We look forward to continuing, and expanding this work in the years ahead.