Cavotec showcases shore power at TOC Middle East

We were exhibiting at TOC Middle East this week, one of the port sector’s largest events attracting port authorities, shipping lines, and port equipment manufacturers. The exhibition was well-attended, with automation and electrification topping the agenda.

Daniel Lexander presents a seminar on automation and shore power at TOC Middle East

Daniel Lexander delivers a presentation on electrification and shore-to-ship power at TOC Middle East.

During the three-day event, one of our Ports & Maritime experts, Daniel Lexander, delivered a presentation entitled “Technical Solutions to Reduce Emissions at Container Terminals” at one of several “Tech TOC” seminars.

Daniel’s talk provided an overview of the latest technological developments and applications of these technologies at ports worldwide. One of the main topics covered was the electrification of RTG cranes previously powered by diesel. This helps reduce emissions and running costs.

The other key area of the presentation dealt with shore power, also know as “cold ironing”: the connection of ships in port to grid-generated electrical power, that enables vessels to switch of the generators, again reducing emissions.

Electricity produced for the grid, even by conventional means, is considerably cleaner than power generated by burning the low-grade oil used by ships.

Our shore power systems – Alternative Maritime Power – are now fitted, or are currently being installed, on more than 500 ships, while ports across North America and Europe use land-based versions of the technology. You can see a mobile AMP unit in action at the Port of Los Angeles here.

We look forward to continuing to work closely with port authorities, shipping lines and others on these and other innovative technologies.

Demonstrating the benefits of shore power

We recently co-hosted an event at the Port of Ystad in southern Sweden, during which we delivered a seminar on the environmental and economic benefits of shore power

We hosted the event with ABB, the Port of Ystad, electrical systems specialist Processkontroll Elektriska, technical consultancy Grontmij, Polferries and Unity Line. You can see images from the event on our Facebook page.

AMP demo in the sunshine. Photo credit: Heléne Ohsbeck

AMP demo in the sunshine. Photo credit: Heléne Ohsbeck

Last year, Ystad became the latest in a growing number of Swedish ports to adopt shore power connection. Our Alternative Maritime Power (AMP) technologies enable ports and shipping lines to meet growing pressure in terms of legal requirements and public sentiment to reduce ship emissions.

AMP allows ships to switch off their engines and connect to shore side electricity. Doing this reduces fuel consumption and dramatically cuts emissions.

The Ystad installation is made up of four ferry berths used for sailings to the Polish city of Świnoujście. As well as Ystad, the Port of Stockholm, the Port of Gothenburg, the Port of Trelleborg and the Port of Karlskrona all use Cavotec AMP systems.

The first such applications came on line in the ports of Gothenburg and Stockholm in the 1980s. Our shore power systems are also increasingly used at ports on the US west coast, as well as in Canada, Europe and the Far East.

AMP is just one way we are helping ports cut emissions. We are also working closely with our customers on other electrification and automation technologies – for example electrically powered cranes and automated mooring – that are reducing environmental impact at ports worldwide. Watch the film below to find out how:



Cavotec exhibiting, presenting at TOC Asia 2011

Cavotec will be exhibiting at one of Asia’s premier conferences and exhibitions for the ports, shipping and terminal industries, TOC Asia 2011, that gets underway on March 15.

We will also be delivering a paper entitled ‘Electrification: a cost effective and environmental friendly solution in ports’, at the event’s Innovation Forum on March 16.


Cavotec ship-based shore power system at the Port of Los Angeles

Ports & maritime technologies

Cavotec will be showcasing it’s range of port maritime technologies that includes automated mooring systems and shore power systems, Panzerbelt cable protection systems, crane controllers, marine propulsion slip rings, power chains and power connectors, radio remote control systems, motorised cable reels, spring driven electric cable reels and steel chains.

The Cavotec stand is A 26.

In his presentation, Cavotec’s Group Market Unit Manager Ports & Maritime, Luciano Corbetta, will describe the potential economic and environmental benefits of introducing shore power or ‘cold ironing’ to power vessels when in port.

Working with partners in the industry, Cavotec has developed shore power technologies at ports maritime across Northern Europe, such as Gothenburg, and in Canada and the US:

Shore Power Live at the Port of Gothenburg

The Port of Los Angeles – Greening and Growing