Port of Salalah sows seeds of a greener future

To mark the recent Oman Environment Day, our friends at the Port of Salalah transformed fifty oil drums into pots for native trees, a project that shows how ports can do their bit to support sustainability and biodiversity.

According to APM Terminals, the initiative follows a similar project conducted by the port to coincide with last year’s World Earth Day, when employees planted frankincense trees in green spaces near the port.

Port of Salalah sows seeds of a greener future

Cultivating a brighter future. Photo credit: APM Terminals

The initiative highlights the loss of the region’s native frankincense tree that has seen its numbers dramatically reduced in recent years. Many of the saplings have been given to local schools and hospitals.

Port officials have also pledged to recycle vehicle tyres as protective edges around shipping containers.

The port has won several international awards for health and safety, innovation and environmental initiatives.
 Last year for example, it was awarded the Containerisation International Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Award.

Smarter, cleaner technologies

These projects, and many others like them, demonstrate what can be done in small, but important ways to reduce environmental impact. The Port of Salalah was also an early adopter of our innovative automated mooring technology MoorMaster™.

The system holds ships in place more effectively than conventional mooring lines, and means that vessels are not required to reposition along the quayside, thus reducing emissions. Furthermore, because mooring operations are far quicker, tugs are used less, thus further reducing emissions.

We commend the Port of Salalah on their efforts to improve sustainability. We look forward to working with the port, and our other partners and customers, to reduce environmental impact and drive efficiency at industrial applications all over the world.



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.


Automated mooring offers time, cost savings

Shipping lines have the opportunity to save millions of dollars by reducing time spent in port even by the most marginal amounts: that’s the main finding of a study carried out by container shipping consultancy SeaIntel. 

Savings secured: A MoorMaster™ automated mooring unit at Port Hedland in Western Australia

The research, a joint project conducted by SeaIntel, industry group the Global Institute of Logistics and software provider Cirrus Group, found that:

“If the berthing process is systematically reduced in a given port, this will allow vessel operators to slow their vessels down slightly, and still be able to berth in a timely fashion. Of course, this is only possible if the process improvement is a genuine time saving, and hence the port changes the time set aside for the berthing process.”

One way ships can optimise time spent in port is by reducing mooring times with the help of Cavotec’s automated mooring technology MoorMaster™.

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.

The innovative technology is used with passenger ferry, container and bulk handling and Ro-Ro applications all over the world. The Group is also seeing interest in the technology for offshore applications.


Cavotec exhibiting, presenting at TOC Asia 2011

Cavotec will be exhibiting at one of Asia’s premier conferences and exhibitions for the ports, shipping and terminal industries, TOC Asia 2011, that gets underway on March 15.

We will also be delivering a paper entitled ‘Electrification: a cost effective and environmental friendly solution in ports’, at the event’s Innovation Forum on March 16.


Cavotec ship-based shore power system at the Port of Los Angeles

Ports & maritime technologies

Cavotec will be showcasing it’s range of port maritime technologies that includes automated mooring systems and shore power systems, Panzerbelt cable protection systems, crane controllers, marine propulsion slip rings, power chains and power connectors, radio remote control systems, motorised cable reels, spring driven electric cable reels and steel chains.

The Cavotec stand is A 26.

In his presentation, Cavotec’s Group Market Unit Manager Ports & Maritime, Luciano Corbetta, will describe the potential economic and environmental benefits of introducing shore power or ‘cold ironing’ to power vessels when in port.

Working with partners in the industry, Cavotec has developed shore power technologies at ports maritime across Northern Europe, such as Gothenburg, and in Canada and the US:

Shore Power Live at the Port of Gothenburg

The Port of Los Angeles – Greening and Growing