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 co-launches Norwegian shore power initiative

Image credit: Care of DNV GL, ©Toftenes Multivisjon.

Image credit: Care of DNV GL, ©Toftenes Multivisjon.

Following the success of electric car incentive programmes in Norway, a group of engineers, investors, and representatives from the maritime sector are teaming up to expand the use of electrically powered ships in the Nordic country.

“We supported research and development into electric cars in Norway, now we need to establish an innovation platform for the electrification of ships,” Sofus Gedde Dahl, Managing Director of Cavotec Norway, recently told Norwegian technology publication Teknisk Ukeblad.

The project, named ReCharge, is headed by leading certification and classification group DNV GL. Along with Cavotec, Port of Oslo is also partnering on the project, together with Enova, a technology- and data analytics-driven online lending company, which is contributing almost half of the project’s total NOK 1.45 million budget.

ReCharge will review the practicalities of expanding the availability of shore power at Norway’s ports, and research different power systems, such as battery-powered vessels and hybrids.

Shore power, or cold ironing, is the process of connecting ships in port to the electrical grid and switching off their engines. This reduces emissions of NOx, SOx, and particulate matter.

Cavotec has extensive experience of the design, manufacture and installation of high and low voltage ship-based, shore-based, and mobile shore power, or Alternative Maritime Power (AMP) systems. The Group first started working with AMP in the 1980s in Sweden, and has since supported customers worldwide with the technology.

The Group also developed the world’s first combined Cavotec MoorMaster™ automated mooring and AMP system for two passenger ferry berths in the Norwegian fjords. The AMP system in this application recharges batteries aboard a battery-powered passenger ferry.

ReCharge conveners say that they want to see Norway become the world leader in environmentally friendly ships. And while Norway is not an EU state, improved availability of shore power would keep it in line with conditions of an EU directive which requires all ports in the 28-member bloc to make shore power available by 2025.

“Charging options are critically important for batter-powered ships and plug-in hybrid vessels. Shore power will therefore play an increasingly important role in port infrastructure of the future,” says Project Leader Hans Anton Tvete, DNV GL.

According to DNV GL, some 40 hybrid ships are on order for Norwegian shipping lines, with a similar number of plug-in hybrid vessels also due to enter service in the coming years.

Organisers have also stressed the role of government support in expanding the availability of shore power.

“To establish shore power and associated infrastructure, we need the support of central government. The development of infrastructure is critical. Shipping lines want to see a return on their investment within a relatively short time scale,” Bjørn Vartdal, Programme Leader for Maritime Research at DNV GL told Teknisk Ukeblad.

On the technical side, Cavotec points out that despite the difference between voltages used by many ships, (60Hz), and on land, (50Hz), it is possible for growing numbers of vessels to connect to shore power.

“If we pool our expertise with fellow suppliers, customers and other stakeholders, I believe that we have the necessary technical know-how and insight to significantly broaden access to shore power,” says Gedde Dahl.

This post is based on an article that first appeared in Norwegian technology publication Teknisk Ukeblad.

Cavotec recently co-hosted the opening of the what is believed to be the first shore power application for offshore vessels in the Norwegian port of Bergen.

Shore power facility for offshore ships goes on line

Along with Schneider Electric and the Port of Bergen, we recently hosted the opening of what is believed to be the world’s first shore power facility for offshore supply vessels.

The Skandi Vega connects to shore power at the Port of Bergen.

Luciano Corbetta, Sales Director for our Ports & Maritime unit, also joined other industry experts, environmental organisations as well as local and global media for a series of seminars and in-depth case studies.

During the opening ceremony, which saw the Skandi Vega connected to the Norwegian power grid, local officials announced NOK 2.5 million in increased funding for the introduction of shore power at the port. Earlier, Inge Tangeras, CEO of the Port of Bergen, told delegates: “The future is electric.”

Shore power – also known as Alternative Maritime Power (AMP), cold ironing, and High Voltage Shore Connection (HVSC) – is the process of connecting ships in port to land-generated electrical power. This allows ships’ crews to switch off vessels’ diesel-fired engines, thereby reducing emissions in ports and surrounding communities.



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.

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.

Zero-emission ferries and container ships with nose-jobs: steps to cleaner global shipping

As the global shipping industry continues to take steps to reduce its environmental impact, we look at how Cavotec helps ports operate more sustainably.

FutureShip, a subsidiary of shipping consultancy Germanischer Lloyd, has recently developed designs for a zero-emission propulsion concept for Scandlines ferries that would run on electrical cells, hydrogen tanks and even (to a lesser extent) wind energy. Although costly – some 25 per cent more than conventional systems according to FutureShip estimations – the technology is available today.

Elsewhere, the world’s biggest shipping line, Maersk, has announced plans to remove the bulbous bow from some of their ships to improve the efficiency with which they move through the water.

Cavotec has long supported ports and shipping lines reduce their environmental impact. Our systems are in operation around the clock, around the world in ports and on ships (and at airports, mines, tunnels and general industry).

These technologies include shore power for ships – that enables vessels to switch off their engines while docked; electrification of cranes to reduce reliance on diesel-driven equipment; marine propulsion systems that ensure ships travel efficiently as possible.

And Cavotec’s automated mooring technology, MoorMaster™, also delivers significant environmental benefits by reducing the amount of time ships are required to maneuver along the berth.

As Cavotec Chairman, Stefan Widegren, puts it: “Think if we could redesign ports so that ships could moor safely at a specific berth, be moved around the port automatically for loading and unloading, and be supplied with shore power to avoid air pollution from their diesel engines.”