Cavotec secures major MoorMaster™ equipment, servicing orders

Cavotec secures major MoorMaster™ equipment, servicing orders

Marine systems innovator Cavotec has won important MoorMaster™ automated mooring orders from existing MoorMaster™ customer, the Port of Salalah in Oman, for use at two container berths – another sign of the increasing acceptance of this innovative mooring technology by the global shipping sector.

“MoorMaster™ generates the safety and operational gains that are so critical to today’s port applications – this is especially true of container handling operations such as those at the Port of Salalah,” says Juergen Strommer, Cavotec COO, EMEA.

Cavotec is to supply 16 MoorMaster™ MM400E15 units for container berths 3 and 4 at Salalah. A three-year maintenance contract has also been signed – a renewal of an existing agreement – which will see Cavotec onsite service teams working closely with the port to provide support at all five MoorMaster™ berths.

“We’re delighted to continue our work with Cavotec – helping to improve safety and optimise operations with MoorMaster™,” says Joe Schofield, Port of Salalah Chief Operations Officer.

MoorMaster™ units were first trialled at Salalah in 2006, and the technology was then introduced at berths 1 and 5. The technology has successfully reduced excessive vessel motion, common to the port, caused in part by “long waves” that are especially pronounced during the Khareef monsoon season.

The new units – eight each at berths 3 and 4 – are scheduled for installation before the 2017 Khareef season. Earlier this year, and prior to the 2016 Khareef season, eight MM400E15units were installed at berth 6. These units have met all operational requirements even during the most severe periods of long wave activity.

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 system dramatically improves safety and operational efficiency, and in many cases enables ports to make considerable infrastructure savings. To date, some 200 MoorMaster™ units have performed some 215,000 mooring operations at ferry, bulk handling, Ro/Ro, container and lock applications worldwide.

The vacuum units hold vessels at set distances from the berth, thereby avoiding the need for ships to be repositioned along the quay – resulting in operational improvements and reduced emissions from ships and tugs.

ENDS

Media contact: Julia Weinhart
Group Manager, Corporate Communications & PR
julia.weinhart@cavotec.com

Cavotec is a global engineering group that manufactures power transmission, distribution and control technologies that form the link between fixed and mobile equipment in the Ports & Maritime, Airports, Mining & Tunnelling and General Industry sectors. To find out more about Cavotec, visit our website at cavotec.com.

The information in this release is subject to the disclosure requirements of Cavotec SA under the Swedish Securities Market Act and/or the Swedish Financial Instruments Trading Act. This information was publicly communicated on 4 November 2016, 08:30 CET.

Cavotec is a leading global engineering group, developing innovative technologies that enable the maritime, airports, mining and tunnelling, and general industry sectors to operate productively and sustainably.


Cavotec powers “Ship of the Year”

Cavotec powers "Ship of the Year"

We’re delighted that the carbon fibre passenger ferry, Vision of the Fjords, has been named “Ship of the Year” at SMM in Hamburg, the world’s leading maritime trade fair. This extraordinary battery-powered hybrid vessel relies on Cavotec shore power systems to charge its battery units.

Vision of the Fjords is now in operation between Flåm in the Aurland fjord and Gudvangen, in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Nærøy fjord, southern Norway, a distance of some 20 nautical miles. A trip that the 42m-long vessel is scheduled to make around 700 times every year. The vessel is operated by the Fjords, and carries carry up to 399 passengers.

Cavotec designed and manufactured two low voltage dispenser units – located in Flåm and Gudvangen – which ensure the safe and efficient charging of the Vision of the Fjords’ battery packs.

We warmly congratulate everyone involved in bringing the Vision of the Fjords into operation, and we’re proud to have played our part in the development of this inspirational application that we believe has the potential for ferry applications all over the world. 

Cavotec has led the development of shore power technologies since the 1980s with its range of Alternative Maritime Power shore- and ship-based systems.  


Cavotec MoorMaster™ achieves 200,000 moorings

Cavotec MoorMaster™ achieves 200,000 moorings

Our innovative automated mooring technology, MoorMaster™, recently passed a landmark 200,000 moorings at applications worldwide, highlighting the growing acceptance of this unique system.

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.

Some 200 MoorMaster™ units, installed at 28 locations worldwide, have completed the 200,000 mooring operations at RO/RO, container and bulk handling, and lock applications; and in doing so have made mooring operations safer, more efficient, and even more environmentally sustainable.

Since its introduction in New Zealand in 1998, the award-winning technology has been steadily introduced at a variety of applications around the world including Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Oman, South Africa, the UK, and the United States.

Elsewhere, specially adapted MoorMaster™ units recently completed At Sea Demonstrations for a project with the US Navy, and we are also working on ATEX, (explosion proof), approved MoorMaster™ systems, potentially for use at LNG berths.

Two of the three applications in Norway combines our Automatic Plug-in System and one of our shore power units to automatically moor and then charge the battery power unit of a passenger and vehicle ferry – the first system of its kind anywhere in the world, powering the world’s first battery powered passenger ferry.

And in another recent development for MoorMaster™, Cavotec and global marine and energy services group Wärtsilä are to jointly develop the world’s first combined induction charging and automated mooring concept.

MoorMaster™ holds vessels off the berth producing a reduction in fender wear and tear. The system can also be used to reposition vessels along the berth without the need for tugs, mooring gangs, a pilot or vessels’ propulsion – resulting in operational improvements and reduced emissions. In some cases, the introduction of MoorMaster™ has also meant that operators have not needed to extend berth infrastructure.

Crucially, removing lines from the mooring process also makes mooring significantly safer for ship- and shoreside personnel.

As vessels are secured in a matter of seconds, compared to up to an hour with conventional techniques, MoorMaster™ also delivers significant operational efficiency gains. This also reduces the use of tugs, which also helps reduce emissions.

Click on the link below to see MoorMaster™ in operation at an iron ore application in Australia, and a passenger ferry berth in Denmark.

As MoorMaster™ goes from strength to strength, we look forward to developing and adapting this extraordinary technology further to make mooring ships safer, quicker, and more efficient. 


MoorMaster™ at Helsinki: installation on-going

MoorMaster™ at Helsinki: installation on-going

The Port of Helsinki’s MoorMaster™ project continues to progress smoothly, with installation of the automated mooring units underway, and commissioning scheduled for April/May 2016.

The Port of Helsinki ordered the six MoorMaster™ MM400 units in 2Q14 for the Länsisatama passenger ferry berth. The units will moor large ferries, up to six times a day, on the Helsinki — Tallinn route.

The introduction of automated mooring at the port is one of a number of initiatives undertaken with the support of the European Union’s TEN-T transport infrastructure programme.

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.

To date, some 200 MoorMaster™ units installed at 28 locations worldwide have completed an estimated 142,000 mooring operations at ro/ro, container and bulk handling, and lock applications.


Cavotec gears up for Offshore Technology Days

Cavotec gears up for Offshore Technology Days

Ready for the off(shore): the Cavotec team at a recent OTD

Our offshore technologies experts are preparing for the Offshore Technology Days (OTD) trade show which gets underway tomorrow at the home of the Norwegian energy industry Stavanger.

The team will be showing how our innovative technologies – Radio Remote Controls, (EX and non- EX), Gessmann joysticks, hose and cable reels, onshore Alternative Maritime Power solutions for offshore vessels, connectors, and drag chains, (nylon and steel) – are helping our customers operate efficiently, safely and cleanly in some of the most demanding environments on Earth.

If you are one of the 30,000 visitors heading to the exhibition, don’t forget to meet the Cavotec team at stand 2400 in Hall B.

Attracting engineers, technical specialists, industry leaders and experts, OTD is now in its 17th consecutive year. With more than 500 exhibitors expected this year, organisers claim that OTD is one of the fastest growing oil exhibitions in the world.


Cavotec concludes successful inter airport Europe

Cavotec concludes successful inter airport Europe

Our Airports team is concluding another successful inter airport Europe which saw the launch of our new Series 2500+ frequency converter, as well as fruitful meetings with customers, suppliers and the media.

This was the 20th year of the bi-annual show, which this year attracted some 600 exhibitors from more than 40 countries. During the show, which got underway on Tuesday and wraps up today, we demonstrated our innovative in-ground technologies, the highlight of which was the launch of our Series 2500+ converter on Wednesday.

The 2500+, which is designed for use with a 400Hz modular coiler, (PowerPack I-connect), guarantees 500% overload at the gate, compared to just 400% common in existing systems. The extra capacity ensures aircraft services are maintained at the gate, and is sufficient to meet the growing capacity demands of larger aircraft in the years ahead.

The 2500+ can be installed horizontally on passenger bridges, or vertically on the apron. In both cases, the unit is virtually identical, thereby lowering operating costs for customers. It is also compatible with European and North American power requirements, and has been designed to withstand the high ambient temperatures of the Middle East.

Alongside the launch of the Series 2500+, we also released a new software package, Cavotec Skyway, which allows operators to remotely access the unit via a PC, tablet or smartphone.

Our thanks to the organisers for another highly worthwhile and well-run event. No doubt we’ll be back in Munich in 2017 for the next inter airport Europe.