Cavotec continues to build its role as key supplier to Swedish industry

Cavotec continues to build its role as key supplier to Swedish industry

Cavotec continues to build its position as an important supplier of niche technologies to major Swedish industrial companies with several projects involving its radio remote control (RRC) systems in recent months.

“Cavotec has a long association with Swedish industrial groups; indeed, the Group was established in Sweden in the 1970s. These latest projects underscore our position as a trusted partner for OEMs such as ABB in Sweden and further afield,” says Cavotec Sweden Managing Director, Erik Chilò.

In one of the most recent orders for the Group in Sweden, Cavotec has supplied an advanced MC-3-5 RRC terminal to Swedish automation specialist Kelmo. The company is carrying out upgrading work on high voltage cable plant in Karlskrona, southern Sweden, on behalf of ABB.

ABB has also purchased a number of Cavotec Micro-control systems that will be used to control a cable production application. Factories in Karlskrona and in Luleå, in the north of the country, use Cavotec systems to control cable storage facilities and operate the critical extruder process when manufacturing cables.

Operators use the MC-3-5 units to control large machines that coil underwater sea cable into storage facilities before they are loaded on to ships or barges. ABB also uses a large number of Cavotec electrical plugs and cable reels for applications in ports and terminals, and in metallurgy industry.

Cavotec is also currently supporting the SEK 17-billion Stockholm City Line project in the Swedish capital. Stockholm City Line is a major infrastructure programme involving the construction of a six kilometre-long train line under the city. Cavotec has supplied cable management systems, RRCs and electrical connectors to leading contractors working on the project such as Bilfinger Berger, NCC, Zublin and PEAB. You can see images of these systems on our Facebook page here.

Cavotec has two dedicated operations in Sweden, Cavotec Connectors in Staffanstorp, southern Sweden, and Cavotec Sweden, just north of Stockholm.


Cavotec and ABB cut ship fuel consumption by 25%

Cavotec and ABB team up to help cut ship’s fuel consumption by up to a quarter

Cavotec has completed work on the development of a unique marine propulsion system that, in conjunction with an innovative ship design, promises to improve fuel consumption by up to 25 per cent.

Cavotec was involved in the power, signal and fluid transfer to long-standing partner ABB‘s Contra Rotating Propeller Azipod XO®, which makes dramatic improvements to fuel economy and reduces environmental impact.

The Group supplied one of its marine propulsion slip rings (MPS) to be located inside the ship on top of the Azipod unit. The MPS also enables the pod and propeller to rotate 360 degrees, which reduces or eliminates the need for assistance from tugs in port.

The propulsion system has been included in the design of a 2,000-TEU container feeder ship by Danish naval design and marine consultancy Knud E Hansen. Among the key characteristics of the vessel and its propulsion system are the reduced need for water ballast, the potential for increased slow-steaming and flexible transit speeds.

According to a news release published by Knud E. Hansen, “The high container capacity [of the vessel] in combination with the fine hull lines and very efficient propulsion system gives the vessel a fuel economy 15-25% better per TEU than typical feeder vessels of similar size.”

Cavotec has supplied MPS since the early Nineties when ABB Marine and Kvaerner Masa Yard of Finland approached the Group for a R&D study into power, data and hydraulic transmission for a revolutionary ship propulsion system using an outboard electrical motor rather than the traditional (on-line shaft) inboard diesel powered propulsion.

Today, with MPS installed all over the world in cruise liners, ice breakers, ferries, military ships and other types of vessels, Cavotec is the only supplier able to offer a complete system combining electrical, data and hydraulic transmission.


60Hz Shore Power Live at the Port of Gothenburg

Representatives from Stena Line, ABB and the Port of Gothenburg at the official opening of the 60Hz shore power application

In a further sign of the growing interest in the environmental and economic potential of shore-to-ship power, the Nordic region’s largest shore power application was officially opened at the Port of Gothenburg on January 26.

Representatives from eight ports across northern Europe attended the event hosted by ABBStena Line and the Port of Gothenburg.

The application, developed by ABB, Cavotec and Processkontroll, provides 60Hz electrical power – rather than the standard 50Hz used for alternating current in Europe. The new unit is designed to power the world’s largest Ro/Pax ferry, the Stena Germanica that serves the Gothenburg – Kiel route twice a week. The 240m-long vessel is due to be joined by her sister ship, the Stena Scandinavica, later in 2011.

The Port of Gothenburg has pioneered the use of shore power, with the first such application introduced there in 1985. Currently, 30 per cent of vessels calling at Gothenburg use shore power, also referred to as ‘cold ironing’ or Onshore Power Supply (OPS). Ultimately, the Port hopes that all vessels calling there will use shore power.

For more information on this application, please see the media release published on the Port of Gothenburg’s website. More images from the event are available on our Facebook.

Stena Germanica at the Port of Gothenburg, January 26, 2011



PEMA expands with safety, security in mind

The Port Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA) continues to expand with the addition of two new members: German electronics manufacturer, IFM Electronic, and Israel’s Hi-Tech Solutions (HTS). With security increasingly rivaling safety as an issue of concern for the global ports industry, both the new members are experts in these fields.

Established in 1969, IFM Electronic supplies advanced sensors and controllers to leading spreader manufacturers, including Bromma, RAM and ZPMC. IFM’s area of specialisation encompasses inductive proximity sensors for twist locks; detection and distance measurement systems for anti-collision devices fitted to port cranes, mobile controllers and I/O modules; cameras and displays for mobile applications; hydraulic pressure and temperature sensors; RFID systems and cables.

In the ports and intermodal sectors, HTS specialises in optical character recognition equipment, laser profiling, security and gate and port automation. Formed in 1992 and with operations based in Israel, the Netherlands and the US, HTS also manufactures solutions for damage inspection and hazardous materials tracking.

While ports and port equipment manufacturers are devoting increasing attention to security, safety remains a top priority – and one of the areas PEMA is especially active. Port Strategy recently published an interview with the Chairman of PEMA’s Safety Committee, Hannu Oja, also Director of Technology at Konecranes, where Oja touches on the challenges facing the industry in its bid to continue to improve safety at the world’s ports.

PEMA provides a forum and public voice for the global port equipment and technology sectors, reflecting their critical role in enabling safe, secure, sustainable and productive ports and thereby supporting world maritime trade.

Cavotec is a member of the Association, as are many leading port equipment manufacturers, including: ABB, Actiw, AME, APS Technology Group, Baltkran, Brevetti Stendalto, Brieda Cabins, Bromma, Bureau Veritas, Conductix-Wampfler, Control Techniques, Craneports, Hyster Europe, Identec Solutions, Kalmar Industries, Konecranes, Konecranes Liftrucks, Lasstec, Linde Heavy Truck Division, Liftech Consultants, Loxystem, MAFI Transport-Systeme, Michelin, Nexans, Portek Group, Pintsch Bubenzer, Prysmian, RAM Spreaders, SICK, Siemens, Stinis, Svetruck, Terberg Benschop, Terex Cranes, Tratos Cavi, TTS Port Equipment and Visy.