Cavotec reels on world’s largest quay cranes

The world’s largest container cranes are steadily making their way from China to the UK’s new logistics hub on the banks of the Thames Estuary: DP World’s London Gateway.

These 138-metre giants are built by one of our long-standing OEM customers, ZPMC, and are fitted with our electrical power and spreader cable reels.

Cavotec motorised cable reels power cranes at ports worldwide

Speaking to Port Technology International, London Gateway Operations Director, Tim Halhead, says that the cranes will enable London Gateway to handle the next generation of ultra-large container ships.

The cranes are designed to load and unload container ships that are up to 25 container rows wide – greater than the world’s largest container vessels currently in service.

In addition to ZPMC, we develop similar systems with OEMs such as Hyundai, Mitsui, Hyundai Samho and TCM for ports across Asia, the US, the Middle East and Europe.

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 cable reels to power Colombo container cranes

We are delighted to be playing an important role in the development of new container berths at the Port of Colombo in Sri Lanka. Earlier this week we announced news of an order for power and spreader cable reels for 12 ship-to-shore (STS) container cranes for the China Merchant container terminal at the port, one of the country’s fastest growing.

The cranes form an important element of the Colombo South Harbour Development Project, a $500-million initiative that is set to considerably enhance the port’s capacity. The first 600m quay of the container terminal is scheduled to become operational in 2014, while the remaining two stages of the programme are to be completed in 2016.

Cavotec’s Ports & Maritime unit manufactures a diverse range of advanced technologies that help ports around the world to operate safely, efficiently and sustainably. These products include automated mooring systems, shore power technologies, Panzerbelt cable protection systems, crane controllers, marine propulsion slip rings, power chains and connectors, radio remote controls, motorised cable reels and steel chains.

Alternative Maritime Power to play key role in Port of Los Angeles modernisation

Alternative Maritime Power to play key role in Port of Los Angeles modernisation

The Port of Los Angeles has included Alternative Maritime Power (AMP) as one of several measures outlined in a major modernisation programme at its container berths.

According to a statement released by the port, the planned expansion of berths 302-306 will create nearly 3,400 jobs during construction and add nearly a 8,000 permanent jobs in the POLA region by 2027.

The programme includes the extension of the POLA’s use of AMP, with a requirement for 70 per cent of APL container ships to connect to shore power by 2017, increasing to 95 per cent by 2026.

“Green innovations include equipping the entire terminal with Alternative Maritime Power electrical infrastructure to eliminate emissions from ships at berth and other San Pedro Bay Clean Air Action Plan measures,” the statement says.

The programme will also see the doubling of the number of gantry cranes throughout the terminal to increase container handling capacity.

Other environmental measures incorporated into the project and ongoing terminal operations include efforts to maximise the number of clean ships calling at the terminal; increased participation in the Vessel Speed Reduction Program; use of the cleanest available equipment during construction, and the greenest available yard equipment for daily terminal operations; operational and terminal design measures to keep truck traffic flowing and reduce idling; new offices built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards; and a “Port contribution of more than $4.2 million to the Port Community Mitigation Trust Fund for collaborative projects that reduce the cumulative environmental impacts of Port-related operations on neighboring communities.”

The announcement comes a week after we published news of orders for shore-to-ship electrical systems from neighbouring Port of Long Beach and San Francisco’s Port of Oakland.

Cavotec and POLA, AMP systems

Cavotec and POLA have worked together for many years on several projects including AMP systems, (including One-hand-lift Shore Power Vault Covers and AMP Mobile pictured above), Panzerbelt cable protection systems for cranescable reels installed on ship-to-shore cranes, One-hand-lift Fire Hydrant Covers and One-hand-lift Compressed Air Pit Assemblies.

Details of our participation at TOCEurope

 Details of our participation at TOCEurope

Cavotec will be exhibiting at this year’s TOC Europe, held in Antwerp, Belgium, at Stand G18. Billed as the “global forum for ports, terminal operators, shipping lines, 3PLs and BCOs where you can meet the people who own, move and handle large volumes of containers,” this year’s event runs between June 12 and June 14.

As well as meeting friends and colleagues, we will be demonstrating how our customers are improving productivity and sustainability with Cavotec’s innovative technologies such as MoorMaster™ automated mooring and shore power systems, Panzerbelt cable protection systems, crane controllers, power chains and connectors, radio remote controls, motorised and spring driven cable reels and steel chains.

Cavotec order for fuel hydrant systems at USAF base

Cavotec receives order for fuel hydrant equipment at USAF base in UK

We have received an order from US Air Force base RAF Mildenhall to supply advanced ground support equipment.

The order includes Cavotec fuel hydrant pits on the apron as well as specialist equipment such as high point vent and low point drain pits. As part of the contract, Cavotec will also supply specialist off apron, rolling cover pits such as test and flush pits and prefabricated tank truck refuelling pits.

Mildenhall is situated in Suffolk, England and became a joint USAF-RAF operation base in 1950. The host unit is the 100th Air Refuelling Wing, which provides in-flight refuelling to US and NATO aircraft. Cavotec also supplies ground support equipment for a number of military bases in the UK, including RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, the largest station of the Royal Air Force.