Swedish media coverage on the opening of the world’s largest high-voltage shore power application

Recent Cavotec media coverage in Sweden

We recently played a key role in the launch of the world’s largest high-voltage Alternative Maritime Power (AMP) application at the southern Swedish port of Ystad. The application is made of three separate berths that will offer shoreside electrical power to passenger ferries calling at the port. Following the announcement, several stories appeared in the Swedish media.

Here’s an article from local daily Ystad Allehanda (in Swedish). Ystad’s port authority also published an article on the continuing work at the port to expand its range of environmental initiatives, such as the use of shore power. And our customer on the project also published a detailed description of how the Ystad application works.


The three shore-power applications at Ystad are the highest voltage units in the world

The three shore-power applications at Ystad are the highest voltage units in the world. Photo credit: Mark Hanlon

If your Swedish is a bit rusty, you can read more about our shore power systems.

Cavotec engineers have developed shore power technologies for many years and our systems now help improve air quality at ports across Europe and North America, including the Port of Los Angeles and elsewhere.

Cavotec’s Ports & Maritime systems

Our innovative technologies enable ports worldwide to operate safely, efficiently and sustainably. In addition to shore-to-ship power systems, we manufacture automated mooringPanzerbelt cable protection systems, crane controllers, marine propulsion slip rings, power chains and connectors, radio remote controls, motorised cable reels and steel chains.

Cavotec RRCs See Role on Small Screen

We have written about our Radio Remote Controls (RRC) before. With such a wide range of applications, we have something new to share quite often. We have seen our RRCs control oil skimmers, an unmanned vessel, Goldhofer vehicles and heavy machinery used to clear munitions from a NATO test range in Norway.

Today, we bring you news of another fascinating application – a Cavotec RRC starring in an advertisement for Pearle Vision in the Netherlands. The ad is in Dutch, but the RRC works the same. Enjoy the video below and stay posted for the next place a Cavotec RRC pops up.

The Port of Los Angeles – Greening and Growing

Initiatives taken by the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) to operate more sustainably and create employment in and around the port are highlighted in a recent short film. Click on the link below to view.

Industry leaders describe how the port successfully combines “greening” environmental programmes with economic growth to create an environmentally and economically sustainable port.

The film includes an interview with Cavotec CEO, Ottonel Popesco, who describes how Cavotec and POLA have worked together to introduce shore-to-ship electricity supply, Alternative Maritime Power (AMP), at the port. We have also worked on AMP with POLA’s sister port, the Port of Long Beach.

Port Hedland MoorMaster™ Update

MoorMaster™ units poised for mooring at Port Hedland's Utah Point multi-user berth.

Commissioning of the 14 MoorMaster™ MM200B (bulk) units at Port Hedland in Western Australia is proceeding smoothly, with full hand-over expected in the coming weeks. On September 29, the 225m iron carrier Huang Shan Hai was successfully moored and held without ropes. The operation was covered by the local North West Telegraph newspaper.

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, moor and release vessels in seconds. The system offers improved safety, infrastructure savings, improved turn-around times and reductions in emissions.

The PHPA’s MoorMaster™ units are built to withstand the especially harsh operating environment at the port. Not only will the units face abrasive iron ore dust and falling rocks, during cyclone season, which runs from November to the end of February, seawater spray and winds will regularly blast the systems at speeds of up to 200 mph (320 kph).

Port Hedland’s iron ore facility is particularly exposed: situated directly on the mouth of a tidal inflow area, with tides ranging up to five metres. While the systems will not be required to moor vessels during cyclones, the systems will be able to compensate for the port’s exceptional changes in tide levels.

All secure: a third vessel moors at the Utah Point berth.

In a similar application, we are currently installing eight MoorMaster™ units for Hammersley Iron Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of Anglo-Australian mining group Rio Tinto, at the Port of Dampier, also in Western Australia. The units will serve the Dampier Fuel Wharf, located on the eastern end of the Parker Point ore wharf. Each unit will have a capacity of 20 tonnes, and will complete vessel mooring in less than 30 seconds and disengage in less than 10 seconds.

MoorMaster™ is also in use at Canada’s St. Lawrence Seaway, on RoRo ferry routes run by Searoad Shipping Australia and Toll in New Zealand, at the APM Terminals container facility at the Port of Salalah in Oman, and on three high frequency fast ferry routes in Denmark, operated by Nordic Ferry Services A/S.

Cat covers our remote controlled munitions application

We’ve published posts about our remote controlled munitions clearance application in Norway – as have Norwegian TV and Norwegian industry titles – but here is an article in English that explores this project in more detail, this time by Cat – that supplies the vehicles operated by our radio remote control units. Click here for the full report included in issue 2, 2010 of Cat Magazine.

Cavotec & Vahle Group deal in the news

Earlier this month we announced our new Ports & Maritime cooperation with Vahle Group.  That announcement was picked up and published far and wide.  A few highlights below:

Port Technology International, March 9, 2010

Seaports Press Review, March 9, 2010

Transport Weekly, March 9, 2010

Your Cable Equipment News, March 10, 2010

Shipping China, March 17, 2010

Container Management, March 25, 2010