Cavotec order for fuel hydrant systems at USAF base

Cavotec receives order for fuel hydrant equipment at USAF base in UK

We have received an order from US Air Force base RAF Mildenhall to supply advanced ground support equipment.

The order includes Cavotec fuel hydrant pits on the apron as well as specialist equipment such as high point vent and low point drain pits. As part of the contract, Cavotec will also supply specialist off apron, rolling cover pits such as test and flush pits and prefabricated tank truck refuelling pits.

Mildenhall is situated in Suffolk, England and became a joint USAF-RAF operation base in 1950. The host unit is the 100th Air Refuelling Wing, which provides in-flight refuelling to US and NATO aircraft. Cavotec also supplies ground support equipment for a number of military bases in the UK, including RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, the largest station of the Royal Air Force.


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

To find out more about Cavotec, please visit our website. For updates on Cavotec projects, technologies and industry news, take a look at our blog or connect with us via Twitter or  Facebook.


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.


High Costs Ground Aviation Biofuel

High Costs Ground Aviation Biofuel

Environmentally-friendly biofuels hit both the headlines and the skies this week when a United Airlines aircraft successfully completed a commercial flight powered by biofuel.

Other leading airlines have also recently experimented with biofuels as a way of reducing emissions and combatting rising oil prices. Boeing recently announced that biofuels would make up 1% of the fuel it uses annually by 2015 and estimated that biofuels could reduce flight-related greenhouse-gas emissions globally by up to 80 percent. The air transport industry is currently responsible for 2 percent of man-made carbon dioxide emitted globally.

Despite recent testing and positive results, according to Big Think there are no concrete plans to continue these experiments due to the prohibitively expensive cost of aviation biofuels, which can reach nearly six times the cost of regular jet fuel.

Oil prices increased nearly 500% from 2003 to 2008, indicating that global petroleum production is still in high demand. The lack of viable alternatives to petroleum for aviation fuel only goes to increase the urgency of the search for alternatives.

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

Earlier this year, Cavotec received an important order as part of a project at London’s Heathrow Airport for ground support systems for Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. Under this contract, Cavotec will deliver hatch pit systems, converter caddies, power units and cable crocodiles.

In the US in September, Cavotec completed a takeover of INET, a leader in the engineering and manufacturing of ground support equipment headquartered in Fullerton, CA. This acquisition further consolidates Cavotec’s position in North America, with nearly 200 employees and colleagues working from three manufacturing facilities and from Cavotec’s own local offices. The deal also marks a milestone in Cavotec’s presence in the U.S. market, given INET’s U.S. and international clients, which include Lockheed, Boeing, NASA, Northrop Grumman, as well as many international airports such as Miami, Bangkok, Cairo, Toronto and Vancouver.


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.