MoorMaster™ Secures New Bulk Handling Application

Cavotec’s automated mooring technology, MoorMaster™, has achieved further success with news that Australian mining company, Karara Mining, has ordered 12 MoorMaster™ units for installation at the iron ore handling facility at the Port of Geraldton in Western Australia.

Karara Mining has ordered the MM200D units for use at their dedicated bulk handling facility at the Port of Geraldton to minimise the serious safety risk of mooring lines parting. All MoorMaster™ MM200D units are specially designed and built to withstand falling rocks and fine iron ore dust.

Situated some 400km north of Perth, Geraldton is one of Australia’s busiest regional ports. The Port has historically been one of Australia’s larger grain export ports and today, more than half the port’s exports are generated from minerals and iron ore.

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, moor and release vessels in seconds. The system offers improved safety, improved operational efficiency and the potential for infrastructure savings.

MoorMaster™ units at Port Hedland similar to those that will be installed at the Port of Geraldton.

MoorMaster™ is becoming a popular choice at bulk handling applications in Australia. For example, 14 MoorMaster™ MM200B units have recently been commissioned at the Port Hedland Port Authority, and Cavotec has recently delivered eight MM200D units to Hamersley Iron Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of Anglo-Australian mining group Rio Tinto, for the Dampier Fuel Supply Wharf in the Port of Dampier.

MoorMaster™ is an increasingly accepted and widely adopted technology that has performed more than 40,000 mooring operations, with a 100% safety record, at ferry, bulk handling, Ro-Ro, container and lock applications around the world.

For more information about MoorMaster™, you can download a recent technical article about the technology published by Port Technology International here. And a video of a version of the system, installed in locks on the St. Lawrence Seaway in Canada is available on our YouTube site here.

Sany Port Machinery, Gottwald Port Technology Join PEMA

Sany Port Machinery has become the first Chinese company to join the Port Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA), along with Germany-based Gottwald Port Technology, further extending the Association’s pool of global professional experience.

“Given the strength of the Chinese port and shipping sectors, Sany’s extensive experience and broad product portfolio make the company an especially valuable source of expertise. We also welcome Gottwald Port Technology – a powerful player in the port equipment market for more than a century,” explains PEMA President, Ottonel Popesco.

Sany Port Machinery produces reach stackers, container handling equipment, yard cranes – including rail-mounted gantry cranes and rubber-tyre mounted gantry cranes – and ship-to-shore cranes.

Tracing its origins back to 1906, Gottwald Port Technology is part of the Demag Cranes group. Gottwald’s product range includes mobile harbour cranes, such as portal harbour cranes and floating cranes, automated guided vehicles for horizontal container movements, automated stacking cranes and wide span gantries.

PEMA provides a forum and public voice for the global port equipment and technology sectors, reflecting their critical role in enabling safe, secure, sustainable and productive ports and thereby supporting world maritime trade.

The Association has steadily expanded its membership in the past three years, with equipment suppliers drawn from all sides of the ports industry. PEMA has also established working groups to focus on key issues for the ports sector within the fields of safety, environment and technology.

PEMA now has 41 member companies including: ABB, Actiw, Advanced Microwave Engineering, APS Technology, Baltkran, Brevetti Stendalto, Brieda Cabins, Bromma, Bureau Veritas, Cargotec, Cavotec MSL, Conductix-Wampfler, Control Techniques, Craneports, Gottwald Port Technology, Hi-Tech Solutions, Hyster Europe, Identec Solutions, ifm electronics, Konecranes, Lasstec, Linde Heavy Truck Division, Liftech Consultants, Loxystem, MAFI Transport-Systeme, Michelin, Nexans, Portek Group, Pintsch Bubenzer, Prysmian, RAM Spreaders, Sany Port Equipment, SICK, Siemens, Stinis, Svetruck, Terberg Benschop, Terex Cranes, Tratos Cavi, TTS Port Equipment and Visy.

Cavotec exhibiting at TOC Europe

Cavotec Panzerbelt POLA

Cavotec develops advanced solutions for ports around the world

Cavotec is exhibiting at the Terminal Operations Conference & Exhibition (TOC), Europe, being held in Valencia, Spain, between June 8 and 10, 2010. A uniquely diverse and comprehensive event, TOC gathers participants from across the ports industry, including ports, shippers, terminals and finance.

Some 120 exhibitors are attending, providing input on how to make ports safer and more sustainable. Seminars in this year’s TOC Europe encompass subjects such as global economics, developing effective business models for terminals, and the increased use of automation in port handling operations.

We will be exhibiting at stand C36, with details of all our systems and services designed to help make port operations more efficient. Here’s to another successful and productive TOC.