Joint mooring, shore power system wins innovation award

Our combined automated mooring and shore power system has won the inaugural Innovation of the Year Award at the Electric & Hybrid World Expo 2014, an event that “honoured the world’s finest engineers, innovations and products in the electric and hybrid marine arena.”

Clear skies at Fjellstrand quay and Norled ferry August 2014

The award panel, made up of figures drawn from the ports sector and media, were asked to vote for “the pioneering technology or technical innovation that they felt pushed the boundaries and contributed in some way to making electric and hybrid propulsion possible and viable.”

Other award categories included Supplier of the Year, Electric & Hybrid Propulsion System of the Year and Propulsion System Manufacturer of the Year.

The jury selected our combined automated mooring and shore power system, currently being installed at two passenger ferry berths in Norway, that will be used by the world’s first fully battery powered, catamaran-hulled ferry, run by Norwegian ferry operator Norled.

In service separately at a large number and wide variety of applications worldwide, this is the first time that we are fully integrating our MoorMaster™ automated mooring and Alternative Maritime Power (AMP) technologies into a single system.

The 80m-long vessel will have capacity for around 120 cars and 360 passengers, and will make 17 crossings of the Sognefjord daily. It is scheduled to enter service in 2015.

The mooring system will signal to the AMP unit when the ship is secure, and a laser sensor will then guide the AMP connector to a hatch in the side of the vessel, connect to the ship’s battery and start charging.

By using MoorMaster™ the ferry’s propeller system can be switched off for nine minutes during each 10-minute boarding process, giving more than sufficient time to connect to the Cavotec AMP system to charge the on-board batteries.

With around 6,000 port calls made annually on the route, the air quality improvement and fuel cost savings compared to using conventional mooring and power systems is considerable.

 


World’s first combined automated mooring and shore power project on track

The world’s first battery-powered ferry was delivered recently, heralding a new era in environmentally responsible shipping. The vessel, which will serve a high-frequency route in Norway, will use our very first combined automated mooring and shore power system.

World-first: the Norled battery-powered ferry

Plain sailing: the world’s first battery-powered ferry. (Image: Norled)

The ferry, built in Gdansk, was recently delivered to Fjellstrand shipyard in Norway for outfitting and sea trials, and is set to enter service on January 1 next year. If your Norwegian is up to scratch, you can read more about the delivery, and this innovative project, here.

The project is a collaboration between ferry operator Norled, Fjellstrand shipyard, Siemens and Rolls Royce. The 80m-long vessel is designed for around 120 cars and 360 passengers, and will make 17 crossings of the Sognefjord between Lavik and Oppedal daily.

The ferry, the first of its kind, has been nominated for SMM’s ‘Ship of the Year Award’, the winner of which will be announced in September this year.

Cavotec automated AMP and MoorMaster™ systems are currently being installed at the Lavik and Oppedal berths ahead of the introduction of the ferry.

Unprecedented level of automation

The level of automation in this application is unprecedented: the MoorMaster™ units will be operated by the ship’s captain using our hand-held radio remote control units. The mooring system will signal to the AMP unit when the ship is safely moored. A laser sensor will then guide the AMP connector to a hatch in the side of the vessel, connect to the ship’s battery and start charging.

We’re pleased to report that all equipment deliveries for this project are also on schedule. We’ll keep you updated about this exciting project in the months ahead. In the meantime, here’s a link to some great footage of MoorMaster™ in action at a similar application in Denmark, and a bulk application in Australia.

 

 


Exploring new opportunities at a packed OTC 2014

We’re at the vast #OTCHouston exhibition this week, and judging by the sheer number of visitors, you can see why it’s one of the largest trade shows in the offshore sector.

Busy, busy, busy: OTC 2014 is exceptionally well attended.

Busy, busy, busy: the Cavotec stand at OTC 2014.

According to organisers, OTC (the Offshore Technology Conference) is “the world’s foremost event for the development of offshore resources in the fields of drilling, exploration, production, and environmental protection.”

At this year’s event we’re exhibiting our range of systems for offshore energy and maritime applications, including steel drag chains, radio remote controls (of the explosion-proof and standard varieties), MoorMaster™ automated mooring, AMP, cable chains, power connectors, slip rings and motorised cable reels.

The Cavotec team tell us that our radio remote controls – used, amongst other things, for operating machinery in harsh environments – are attracting particular interest.

“A lot of people are asking about our radio remote control systems; it’s a market where we certainly see a great deal of potential,” says Sofus Gedde-Dahl, Managing Director, Group Sub-unit Oil & Gas.

If you happen to be at OTC, do drop in to see us at stand 5235!


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 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.

 


Automated mooring and shore power: a world first

As we announced back in the summer, our automated mooring technology, MoorMaster™, will be integrated with another of our innovations – Alternative Maritime Power (AMP) – to create a single system that will first moor and then connect a passenger ferry to electrical power to charge its batteries.  

Image courtesy of Norled

Image courtesy of Norled

We’ve supplied MoorMaster™  units to ports and locks all over the world – Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, and Oman for example; and we’ve pioneered innovative AMP systems that are used across Asia, Europe and North America. But we’ve never integrated both technologies for the same application.

“This has never been done before: an integrated system that incorporates mooring and shore power connection with this degree of automation is entirely unique,” says Sofus Gedde-Dahl, Managing Director of Cavotec Norge A/S.

The integration of the two technologies will ensure the safe and quick mooring of the vessel, and the charging of its  batteries, while passengers and cars disembark and board the vessel in just ten minutes.

The 80m-long ferry  a battery-powered catamaran operated by Norled and due to enter service in 2015  will carry around 120 cars and 360 passengers, and will make 17 crossings of the Sogne Fjord between Lavik and Oppedal in Norway daily.

The MoorMaster™ units will be operated by our hand-held radio remote controls used by the ship’s captain from the bridge of the vessel.

Once secure, the mooring system will signal to the shore power unit, and a laser sensor will then guide an electrical connector to a hatch in the side of the vessel, connect to the ship’s battery and start charging.

Mooring ships at the touch of a button

MoorMaster™ is a vacuum-based system 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, it has performed more than 70,000 mooring operations (as at August 2013) at passenger ferry, bulk and container handling, Ro-Ro and lock applications all over the world.

Given the possibilities that this uniquely innovative application offers automation applications globally, we certainly hope to see more hushed, seamless ferry services plying not just the fjords of Norway, but anywhere where ports want safe, smooth, efficient and sustainable operations.