Cavotec electrifies Jebel Ali RTGs

DP World recently announced that it had successfully electrified eight rubber tyred gantry (RTG) cranes at the Port of Jebel Ali in the UAE, with the help of our cable reel electrical supply systems. 

The project highlights one way in which ports are taking substantive steps to reduce emissions. According to a statement made by DP World:

“The switch from fossil fuel to electricity will reduce monthly diesel consumption by 109,000 litres in average, saving on energy costs and reducing emissions by almost 2,000 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year, based on field trials.”

An E-RTG crane fitted with Cavotec motorised cable reels. #Cavotec365

Cavotec engineers have extensive experience of designing innovative systems that reduce environmental impact and boost operational efficiency for ports, airports, mining and tunnelling and a wide variety of general industry applications.

“Cavotec offers extensive expertise in the areas of automation and crane technologies that enable ports worldwide to realise improvements in operational and environmental performance that are increasingly demanded by the industry,” says Ottonel Popesco, Cavotec CEO, in the DP World statement.

Another example of these systems are our shore power, or cold ironing technologies that enable ships in port to switch off their engines and connect to shore-based electrical power supply, thus reducing emissions in ports and surrounding communities.

Today, there are more than 400 of our Alternative Maritime Power (AMP) units that are installed, or currently being installed on ships; while ports such as Los Angeles, Long Beach, Oakland, Prince Rupert, and Tacoma in North America, as well as Antwerp, Gothenburg, Stockholm and other ports across Europe use land-based versions of the technology.

Working closely with customers, and the industries where we are active as a whole, we are confident that innovative technologies will continue to help reduce environmental impact and improve operational efficiency.

Rotterdam opens first phase of major extension project

Last week, the Port of Rotterdam opened the first phase of its Maasvlakte 2 development, on time and under budget. 

The first phase of the Maasvlakte 2 project has seen some 2,000 hectares of land reclamation. The second phase, primarily consisting of two container terminals, one operated by Rotterdam World Gateway and DP World, the other by APM Terminals, is due to come into operation at the end of 2014.

Cavotec motorised cable reels power container handling operations at ports worldwide

Cavotec cable reels power container handling at ports worldwide

We are supplying electrical power and spreader cable reels for 14 ship-to-shore ZPMC container cranes that will be used at the DP Word terminal. The terminal will offer a 1,150-metre deep-sea quay, and annual handling capacity of some 2.35 million TEUs.

According to a statement on RWG’s website, the terminal “will be one of the most modern and environment-friendly transhipment centres in the world.”

RWG is a joint venture between four global container shipping lines – APL, MOL, HMM and CMA-CGM – and DP World, one of the largest container terminal operators in the world.

We are delighted to be involved in this major project, and we look forward to continuing our work on this and other developments such as London Gateway.


Port operator DP World reports growth in container traffic

DP World, one of world’s largest port operators, has announced a 7.5 per cent-jump in container traffic for the first six months of the year. 


“The number of containers handled across our portfolio of global ports has increased again, with 28.2 million containers handled in the first six months of the year,” said DP World Chief Executive Mohammed Sharaf in a statement.

The group’s ports, numbering 60 all around the world, handled more than 28 million TEUs to June. The Asia Pacific and Indian subcontinent showed the strongest performance in container movements.

We are delighted to see this encouraging news, especially coming as it does so soon after we heard that another Cavotec customer, Dubai International Airport, reported a record number of passenger numbers in the six months to June.

Cavotec supplies electrical power and spreader reels, Panzerbelt cable protection systems and other innovative technologies to DP World ports. In a recent example, Cavotec  received orders for power and spreader reels for container cranes that will be used at the Rotterdam World Gateway.

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 mooringshore powerPanzerbelt cable protectioncrane controllers, slip ringspower chains, connectorsradio remote controls, cable reels and steel chains.

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.