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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Cavotec wins €10m orders for crane technologies and AMP systems

Swiss engineering firm Cavotec has announced orders for its advanced crane technologies and shore power systems totalling €10 million. The largest orders placed were from Chinese equipment manufacturer ZPMC for equipment destined for the Port of Singapore Authority (PSA).

“These projects highlight the degree of co-operation Cavotec enjoys with equipment manufacturers, and the world’s largest port operators, as a preferred supplier of a variety of innovative, mission-critical systems,” Ottonel Popesco, chief executive of Cavotec said.

Cavotec won a total of five orders from ZPMC that include power and spreader cable reels as well as  gantry reels.The largest of these orders was for cable reels to power 72 ZPMC Automated Stacking Cranes (ASCs) at the PSA’s Pasir Panjang Terminal. The Port of Singapore, which is the second busiest in the world, will also receive 28 spreader cable reels for ship-to-shore (STS) container cranes

At the Port of Genoa in Italy, the PSA will also take delivery of Cavotec’s largest ever reel which will go to power ZPMC Ship-to-Shore (STS) cranes. Alongside this Cavotec will supply gantry reels for eight Electric Rubber Tyred Gantry (ERTG) cranes at the Port of Mersin in Turkey and three gantry reels and three spreader reels for ZPMC STS cranes at the Port of Lomé in Togo.

Alongside this Cavotec won smaller orders with Indonesia’s port authority, Pelindo, manufacturer Kalmar, and OEM Tenova Takraf for further cable reels, hose reels and related equipment.

Demand for power systems growing

Cavotec also reports growth in demand for its Alternative Maritime Power (AMP) system which provides mobile, fixed and ship-based power supplies allowing a vessel’s engines to be switched off in port.

Shore-based power technology has developed rapidly in recent years with many commentators predicting it will transform port based shipping operations in future as regulations tighten emissions limits for ships.

“In California shore connections are mandatory as of January last year and Sweden, Germany and Denmark have already introduced legislation to provide favourable tax regimes for shore to ship electricity connections,” Silvia Caballero, commercial director at Schneider Electric said.

Cavotec reports that it has won two separate orders from a European ship-owner - one for six AMP reels for fixed installations; the other for AMPTainer equipment.

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