Cavotec at a number of major trade shows in March 2012

Cavotec will be at a number of high-profile trade shows in March 2012

March is set to be yet another busy much for trade shows, with innovative engineering group Cavotec present at events in USA, China, Europe, South America and the Middle East. Please get in touch with us via e-mail, Twitter or Facebook (details below) if you are planning to attend one of these events and would like to arrange a meeting.

7-9 March: Cygnus Aviation Expo in Las Vegas, USA.

13-15 March: WETEX in Dubai, UAE.

13-15 March: TOC Asia in Hong Kong, China.

13-15 March: Stocexpo in Rotterdam, NL.

19-20 March: The Spring Conference in Washington, USA.

20-22 March: Kingdoms Airports Expansion summit in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

27 March-1 April: Fidae Santiago de Chile in Santiago de Chile.

27-29 March: On & Offshore in Gorinchem, NL.

For further details please contact Michael Scheepers, Director Investor Relations & PR: michael.scheepers@cavotec.com

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Cavotec automated mooring wins bulk safety award

Cavotec automated mooring wins bulk handling safety award

Cavotec’s innovative automated mooring system, MoorMaster, recently won the International Bulk Journal’s Award for Safety in Bulk Handling (Marine) sponsored by DNV. This is the latest in a series of awards for the unique technology.

Dedicated exclusively to the maritime dry bulk industry, the IBJ’s annual awards recognise achievements by individuals and companies that improve efficiency, safety and environmental protection.

According to the award citation: “Judges were impressed by Cavotec’s MoorMaster system installed in Port Hedland, Australia, as risk to personnel from mooring incidents is completely removed. Snap back related injuries as well as injuries from ‘man handling’ lines are now a thing of the past.”

The Port Hedland application, at the Utah Point dry bulk loading facility, entered service in 2010. Work is underway to install MoorMaster units at a second berth at Port Hedland.

MoorMasterwas also a key component in the Port Hedland and Pinc Group’s successful entry for the 2011 Western Australia Engineering Excellence Awards. The entry went on to win the same category in Australia’s national Engineering Excellence Awards. The technology also won the Australia Bulk Handling Award 2011 for Best Practice in Occupational Health & Safety.

MoorMasteris 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. In addition to improved safety and productivity, the technology also has the potential to deliver infrastructure savings in many applications.

The technology has performed more than 40,000 mooring operations to date at bulk handling, ferry, container ship and lock applications around the world.


Shipping emissions to be included in UK carbon budgets?

Shipping emissions to be included in the UK's carbon budgets?

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) published a review this week recommending that the UK’s share of international shipping emissions should be included in climate targets and carbon budgets.

An article published by Port Technology International describes how the CCC’s recommends inclusion of shipping emissions in country’s carbon budgets, which could account for up to 11 percent of total emissions permitted under the Climate Change Act by 2050. The article also details how the review also provides a detailed assessment of the UK’s share of current international shipping emissions, projected emissions up to 2050 and estimates of the abatement potential from shipping.

Under the Climate Change Act, it is Parliament that must decide whether to include emissions from international shipping in carbon budgets. The UK’s target to reduce emissions in 2050 by 80% below 1990 levels.

At Cavotec, we always enjoy hearing about innovative technologies that enable the portsairportsmining and tunnelling and general industries to operate more sustainably and work more productively. We shall be following the development of this particular approach with interest.

Image: Martin Pettitt, Wikimedia Commons


NASDAQ OMX welcomes Cavotec to Stockholm

NASDAQ OMX welcomes Cavotec to Stockholm

Global engineering group Cavotec’s new listing on the NASDAQ OMX Stockholm was marked with a special ceremony in the Swedish capital today. Cavotec CEO Ottonel Popesco rang the bell at 9.00am CET to signify the first day of trading. He then made a short speech before being interviewed by the NASDAQ OMX media team.

You can watch the ceremony here.

“We are delighted to have successfully completed the move to the NASDAQ OMX Stockholm. This is an important milestone in Cavotec’s development that reflects our geographical footprint in that we have substantial presence in Europe and where the importance of Asia, the Americas and other key areas continue to grow,” said Ottonel Popesco.

In recent years, Cavotec has made substantial strategic investments in innovative products — such as automated mooring systems, Alternative Maritime Power for ships and in-ground utility systems for aircraft — and in a global network of companies. As a result, the Group has a well-established presence in more than 27 countries in a wide variety of sectors. Its activities are broadly divided across four market units: Ports & Maritime, Airports, Mining & Tunnelling and General Industry.

“We are very happy to be here at the NASDAQ OMX Stockholm, and we look forward to a long and mutually beneficial partnership in the years ahead,” added Michael Scheepers, Director, Investor Relations & PR.


Cavotec’s MoorMaster™ part of Port Hedland submission that wins Western Australia Engineering Excellence Award

Cavotec’s MoorMaster™ part of Port Hedland submission that wins Western Australia Engineering Excellence Award

We are delighted to report that Cavotec’s automated mooring technology, MoorMaster™, was a component in the Port Hedland Port Authority (PHPA) and Pinc Group’s successful entry for the 2011 Western Australia (WA) Engineering Excellence Awards.

The team’s Utah Point Multi-User Bulk Export Facility project won the Resource Development Category. This achievement highlights the engineering and environmental challenges tackled by the team at Utah Point. MoorMaster™ formed one of the many elements that went into making the entry a success against competition from larger, more established rivals.

The team’s success in the WA awards ensures the project will be in the running for the National Engineering Excellence Awards. The results of the national competition will be announced at a ceremony on November 23rd in the Australian capital, Canberra.

The Australian Engineering Excellence Awards celebrate engineering excellence by identifying, recognising and promoting excellence in engineering. Panels of leading engineers and state officials evaluate entries in several different categories. The Awards also provide peer recognition of engineering excellence and highlight the contribution of engineers to the economy, to the community and to the environment.

The Resource Development Category includes the mining, agriculture, processing, oil and gas, solar energy, wind and waterpower sectors, or any engineering project associated with the development and, or processing of minerals or natural resources.

All entries were required to demonstrate how their projects met a series of obligatory requirements such as occupational health and safety, sound engineering practices, originality and ingenuity, economic contribution, community benefit and sustainable development.

According to the formal submission document, specially designed “MM200B (Bulk) MoorMaster™ units built to withstand Port Hedland’s extreme tidal, heat and dust conditions have not only improved safety compared to traditional rope mooring, but reduced vessel capture, moor and release by approximately 2.5 hours per vessel.”

MoorMaster™ also fulfilled one of the Awards’ optional criteria: that of simplicity of the engineering solution. The technology revolutionises the centuries-old practice of mooring vessels using ropes. Instead, remote controlled vacuum pads recessed in, or mounted on, the quayside, moor and release vessels in seconds. MoorMaster™ has performed more than 40,000 mooring operations to date at bulk handling, ferry, Ro-Ro, container and lock applications worldwide.

Utah Point is located in the narrow neck of Port Hedland Harbour where passing vessels exert significant hydrodynamic interaction forces that act to suck vessels from their moorings. Port Hedland also experiences large tides (7.5 metres) that produce in excess of 2-knot currents, design wind speeds of 23 m/s (45 knots), fine iron ore dust issues and extreme heat (+45 degrees Celsius) conditions.

The PHPA contracted Cavotec to design and test 14 entirely new MM200 units capable of handling the large tidal ranges experienced at Port Hedland. Following its manufacture and successful testing, the technology went into service in 2010, since which time it has proved itself to be an effective and simple replacement of traditional rope mooring.

Cavotec is proud to be part of the Utah Point team on what is an exciting project that demonstrates what engineering excellence and the sharing of great ideas can achieve. We look forward to working with our partners at the PHPA in the future – and we wish the team further success in November.