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 drag chains drive bridge behemoth

What’s 57 metres long, weighs 200 tonnes and will link a floating hotel with oil platforms? Answer: the world’s longest offshore telescopic bridge. The bridge, built by Marine Aluminium, will be a walkway between specialised accommodation vessel Edda Fortis and oil installations in the North Sea. 

This highly specialised unit – powered by our advanced cable chain systems – will initially see service in the North Sea, but is designed to be readily adaptable to a variety of different applications.

The walkway section of the bridge is primarily made from aluminum, with just a 10 per cent steel content, making the structure light but durable.

Cavotec drag chains drive world's longest telescopic bridge

Bridge beast: the world’s longest telescopic walkway.

Pioneering project

This is the first time that Marine Aluminium has delivered a telescopic pedestal. It will be mounted on the vessel together with a winch system and can be raised and lowered as required.

Compared to conventional walkways, this bridge requires a large amount of hydraulics and management systems. Our drag chains ensure uninterrupted rotational, vertical and horizontal movement.

You can read more about this unusual application (in Norwegian) in Teknisk Ukeblad. And here’s news of another recent offshore energy project where our drag chains played a critical role.


Gullfaks B drag chain project underway

Gullfaks B drag chain project underway

Cavotec’s largest oil and gas project to date – upgrading Statoil’s Gullfaks B drilling platform – is now fully underway and is proceeding well. 

Our engineers recently began work on the installation, one and a half months ahead of schedule.

The guide system for one chain system is now mounted, and our customer, Aibel, a leading engineering, construction, upgrading and maintenance service provider in the oil, gas and renewable energy sector, is happy with progress.

Cavotec is supplying, testing and commissioning three sets of stainless steel drag chains as part of a of a major modernisation programme that will extend the operational life of the Gullfaks B platform to 2032.

Cavotec supplies advanced power control and automation technologies to a wide variety of offshore energy customers worldwide.


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!