The Port of Los Angeles – Greening and Growing

Initiatives taken by the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) to operate more sustainably and create employment in and around the port are highlighted in a recent short film. Click on the link below to view.

Industry leaders describe how the port successfully combines “greening” environmental programmes with economic growth to create an environmentally and economically sustainable port.

The film includes an interview with Cavotec CEO, Ottonel Popesco, who describes how Cavotec and POLA have worked together to introduce shore-to-ship electricity supply, Alternative Maritime Power (AMP), at the port. We have also worked on AMP with POLA’s sister port, the Port of Long Beach.

Cavotec’s Bahrain International Project Takes Shape

Concrete chamber installation for Pop Up Pit

Work on our Bahrain International Airport project – on one of our flagship applications – continues to progress on schedule. The client, the Bahrain Airport Company, recently successfully commissioned the first of 18 Pre-conditioned Air (PCAir) units at the Cavotec Fladung facility in Germany. We expect the final commissioning phase to take place as planned, during Spring 2011.

Our PCAir systems form the centrepiece of this project, one of the largest in Cavotec’s history with a total value of some €30 million. We are also delivering and installing pop-up units, transformer sub-stations, 400Hz power supply systems, a Vacuum Evacuation System, a blue water supply system and a potable water supply system.

While PCAir itself is a highly innovative system, the concept draws together proven and tested engineering expertise from, among others, Alfa Laval and Atlas Copco. The system expands dry compressed air to cool parked aircraft. Pilots often run on-board auxiliary power units (APUs) to cool aircraft. These units can burn between 200 and 600 litres of fuel per hour, polluting airports and consuming fuel that could be used to fly aircraft – not cool them on the ground. It supports airports in creating APU-free aprons, providing the dual benefits of reducing pollution and reducing costs, making the system beneficial to all airport constituencies: airlines, airport operators, and communities surrounding airports.

Front: power cables for PCAir and 400 Hz equipment. Rear: PCAir pipes covered to prevent damage from UV rays.

The Bahrain order is a key element of the airport’s USD 4.7 billion expansion programme, designed to cater for the projected growth in passenger and freight numbers. The expansion, planned over the next 30 years, will triple passenger capacity to 27 million a year. Two new terminals will be opened in the next four years as part of the expansion. Bahrain’s expansion programme will see the creation of 110 aircraft stands, including 87 with contact gates. Bahrain International Airport currently hosts 42 airlines and is home to Bahrain’s Gulf Air and Bahrain Air.

We are looking forward to continuing to work on this exciting project.

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.