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31 Oct 2018

Kalmar Bags Eurogate Order

Photo: Kalmar

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, is to deliver two rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) to EUROGATE, Europe's leading shipping line-independent container terminal operator, for use in their Tanger S.A. terminal in Morocco.The order was booked in Cargotec's 2018 Q3 order intake, with delivery scheduled to take place during Q3 of 2019. The EUROGATE Tanger container terminal is conveniently located on the Strait of Gibraltar in Morocco, making it the ideal transhipment hub for the western Mediterranean…

08 Jun 2018

Kalmar-Navis Intermodal Automation Solution for Moorebank Logistics Park

Moorebank Graphic View. Photo: Kalmar

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, and Navis, part of Kalmar Business Area within Cargotec, have been awarded the contract to supply a state-of-the-art, fully automated intermodal terminal solution for Qube's Moorebank Logistics Park (MLP) in south-western Sydney. The order, valued at approximately EUR 80 million, includes the supply of the OneTerminal solution comprising Kalmar's automated train handling, automated yard crane and automated horizontal transportation equipment and the Navis N4 terminal operating system (TOS). It was booked into Cargotec's 2018 second quarter order intake.

27 Mar 2018

Kalmar to Send Five RTG Cranes to DCT Gdansk Terminal

Photos by Kalmar RTG

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has signed a deal with Deepwater Container Terminal (DCT) Gdansk to supply a total of five electrically powered rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) with extensive customisation. The order, which also includes the supply of a spare parts package for the machines, was booked in Cargotec's 2018 first quarter order intake and delivery is scheduled to take place in early 2019. DCT Gdansk is Poland's largest and fastest growing container facility, and the only deep-water terminal in the Baltic Sea region with direct ocean vessel calls from the Far East.

23 Jan 2018

Autonomous Vessels: Modern Ferries Evolve

Credit: Stuart Isett for Vigor

Automated now; autonomous looms large in the center porthole. The word ‘autonomous’ is probably the maritime industry’s most frequently used term in the past year. The word, however, has a far different meaning than the similarly sounding “automated” – which means that certain processes are handled by machines, rather than by humans. Throughout 2017, industry thought leaders have been mulling over the new digital paradigms that are emerging including the ‘Internet of Things’ and/or the linkage of processes and machines – the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ – where devices talk to each other…

24 May 2017

A Hybrid Drive’s Digital Landscape

Photo: handout

Hybrid drive and potential fuel savings are well known — from 10 to 30 percent, according to the sources we’ve written about over the years. Less known, is the potential need to purchase some sort of remote monitoring package to complement that diesel-electric or battery hybrid system from a system operator in order to secure the maximum safety benefits. As the count of system operators offering hybrid drives grows, so too, it seems, there’s continuous need to look at who they are and what they’re offering.

28 Oct 2016

KONGSBERG Integrated Automation for LNG Fuelled Bulker

Kongsberg Maritime systems chosen for LNG Fuelled bulk carrier vessel under construction at Hyundai Mipo in South Korea (existing Ilshin bulk carrier pictured). Image courtesy Ilshin Shipping Company

Kongsberg Maritime has been chosen to supply a full integrated automation solution including the first delivery of its advanced new Fuel Gas Supply System (FGSS) for a newbuild 50,000 DWT LNG Fuelled bulk carrier, ordered by South Korean ship owner, Ilshin Shipping Company. The new bulk carrier will be built at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard and is scheduled for delivery during the fourth quarter of 2017. It is the first dual-fuel merchant vessel to be built in South Korea. Ilshin’s new bulk carrier signals the beginnings of a move towards LNG bunkering in the far east…

29 Sep 2016

Siemens Bags Electric Ferry Propulsion Contract

Image: Multi Maritime

Siemens said it has secured a contract to supply propulsion systems for two new The all-electric battery ferries to be operated by Fjord1 on the E39 Anda-Lote route on the west coast of Norway. Both vessels will have a cargo capacity of 120 cars, 12 trailers and 349 passengers. Operation on the 2.4 kilometer-long route will start in January 2018. With this contract, the first four battery-driven ferries in the world will run on technology developed and manufactured by Siemens, the company noted.

04 Apr 2016

ABB To Help Save Venice From the Sea

Barriers Venice Photo ABB

ABB to deliver advanced integrated automation and electrical solution for largest Italian public work project of the last century. ABB will supply the complete integrated electrical and automation system for Mo.S.E. (the Italian acronym for experimental electro mechanic module), a flood barrier system designed to block the high tides and storm surges that enter the Venetian Lagoon year after year through three inlets and regularly flood the historic center of Venice. ABB received the automation order in 2015 and the electrical order in early 2016.

07 Sep 2015

ABB Debuts Intelligent Voice-activated Smart Home System

Voice activated smart home automation system

ABB, a global leader in power and automation, unveiled the world’s most advanced voice activated smart home automation system at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin, Germany. This latest innovation allows consumers to use voice commands to control more than 60 home automation functions for the full range of applications in a typical residential smart home environment including lighting, heating, blind control and door communication. ABB launched free@home last year to make it easier for installers to offer home automation…

10 Jun 2015

Kalmar Launches Next Generation ASC System

 Kalmar 5th generation automatic stacking crane

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has introduced its next generation automatic stacking crane (ASC) system at the TOC Europe exhibition in Rotterdam. Featuring future-proof technology, it is the most efficient and productive ASC system ever. By enabling smooth and fast automation deployment, it allows terminals to deliver high throughput as well as a predictable and reliable performance. At the heart of the new ASC system is the Kalmar 5th generation automatic stacking crane. The crane has an optimised lightweight structure with a -10% weight reduction compared to previous generation…

19 Feb 2015

WAGO Appoints Regional Sales Manager for Northwest Region

Jeff Zimmerman, WAGO Regional Sales Manager for the Northwest Region (Photo courtesy of WAGO)

Electrical interconnect and automation solution manufacturer WAGO has appointed Jeff Zimmerman as Regional Sales Manager for the Northwest region, the company announced today. Zimmerman will coordinate WAGO’s sales and marketing activities in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. He previously held senior management and marketing roles at AOP technologies and Kinequip Incorporated. “We are excited to have Jeff join our growing sales team in the region. His extensive industry experience and product knowledge will help WAGO build on our growing expansion in the region…

17 Feb 2015

Puerto Caacupe-mi Successfully Deploys N4 TOS

              Unloading shipping containers at Puerto Caacupe-mi (Photo courtesy of Caacupe-mi Private Port)

Paraguay's Puerto Caacupe-mi successfully went live with the N4 Terminal Operating System (TOS), the operating system's developer, Navis, announced today in a press release. “The implementation process went smoothly because of the combined efforts of the Caacupe-mi and Navis teams,” said Fernando Leri Frizza, President of Puerto Caacupe-mi. “We had a team of approximately 16 people who were dedicated to this transformation for the last four months and we are immensely thankful to all of them for making this massive undertaking a resounding success.

12 Dec 2014

5 Kalmar RTGs for GCT, Poland

Kalmar RTG

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has gained a further order for five of its latest generation zero emission rubber-tyred gantry granes (RTGs) from Gdynia Container Terminal (GCT) in Poland. The order follows the delivery of two similar machines earlier in 2014. The latest order was booked into Cargotec's fourth quarter intake with delivery scheduled for December 2015. GCT opted to specify the Kalmar solution as the 41 tonne capacity E-One2 Zero Emission RTG, which stacks 6+1 wide and 1-over-6 high.

08 Dec 2014

ABB Wins Milestone Contract with WSIC

Offshore construction vessel order is the first to include ABB’s integrated power and automation solution consisting of ABB’s advanced power, propulsion and 800xA control and safety system. ABB will deliver a cutting-edge solution which includes electrical propulsion, power, safety and automation systems. These systems will be integrated and run on a single control system platform for a 5000T heavy-lift pipelay construction vessel. By integrating power and automation on the vessel, overall efficiency, safety and reliability will be increased.

17 Nov 2014

Kalmar SmartStack goes live

A frame from the video

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has implemented the Kalmar SmartStack solution at Durban Container Terminal (DCT) in South Africa for real-time container inventory reporting and management. This is the first terminal to implement Kalmar SmartStack using the narrowband communication network involving re-engineering from the standard WiFi deployment. DCT is currently running 11 Kalmar straddle carriers with SmartStack and further eight are to be phased in over the coming weeks. In addition…

07 Oct 2014

Kalmar Electric Straddle Carriers for Eurofos

Kalmar electric straddle carriers help Eurofos gear up for growth at the Port of Fos, France

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, is to continue its long-standing relationship with Eurofos, France's largest terminal, with delivery of twelve new electric straddle carriers. The order was booked in Cargotec's 2014 third quarter order intake, with deliveries scheduled for February 2015. Situated in the Port of Fos, close to Marseille, Eurofos is investing heavily in future growth. The new electric straddle carriers were chosen for their excellent reliability, high quality and low environmental impact, and will expand and partly replace the terminal's existing fleet of Kalmar and Sisu equipment.

18 Jun 2013

ABB to Play Role in Protecting Venice

Venice & Lagoon Inlets:Image courtesy of NASA

ABB’s Symphony Plus control system to help protect Venice from high water flooding at the long Venetian Lagoon Malamocco inlet. Every four years or so, text messages, church bells and sirens alert the Venetians to what they call an "Aqua Alta" or the imminent arrival of an exceptionally high tide. These are high waters of more than 140 cm, which cover around 54 percent of the city. More frequent, but no less worrying, are high tides of around 110 cm, which occur up to four times a year…

20 Jun 2013

Kongsberg Complete J-lay DP3 Vessel Automation Retrofit

Saipem 7000 Crane Vessel: Photo credit Kongsberg Maritime

Kongsberg Maritime has completed the installation and commissioning of an integrated bridge and automation solution during a large-scale retrofit of the Saipem 7000, an advanced Semi-submersible crane and pipelaying (J-lay) DP3 vessel. The Saipem 7000 retrofit was a ‘Full Picture’ project for Kongsberg Maritime, which featured replacement of several key systems including Automation, Thruster control, Dynamic Positioning, Ballast control and Integrated Bridge System. Kongsberg Maritime installed a significant package consisting of the latest generation of its offshore product line…

19 Aug 2013

ABB's Part in Great Mediterranean Gas Project

Medgaz receiving terminal Spain: Photo credit ABB

ABB has supplied a uniquely integrative multisystem automation solution for the new Medgaz gas pipeline that connects North Africa’s largest gas producer with the gas transmission networks of Europe. The 210 kilometer pipeline connects the gas fields of Algeria, the region’s largest gas producer, with the gas transmission networks of Spain and southwestern Europe. It delivers up to 8 billion cubic meters of natural gas a year, and will in time be expanded with a second pipeline to double transmission capacity to 16 billion cubic meters a year.

30 Aug 2014

Kalmar to Supply 4 RTGs to Super Terminais, Brazil

E-One2 Zero Emission rubber-tyred gantry cranes

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, will deliver four E-One2 Zero Emission rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) to Super Terminais in Manaus, Brazil. The 8 million USD order was signed in August 2014 with a delivery and start-up date in July 2015. Kalmar's E-One2 Zero Emission RTG is the market's technological frontrunner and includes an all-electric drive mechanism that produces no emissions or engine noise and completely replaces conventional hydraulic systems. The Kalmar E-One2 RTGs for Super Terminais also include a standard diesel generator set for dual-mode operation.

06 Sep 2014

Kalmar to Deliver 7 RTGs to Puerto Central, in Chile

Kalmar's RTGs

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, will deliver seven E-One2 rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) to Puerto Central S.A (PCE) in San Antonio, Chile. The RTG project has a total value of USD 14 million, including the cranes, spare parts, training for operators and technicians as wells as civil works and other auxiliary equipment required to automate certain RTG processes. The order was booked in June 2014 with a delivery and start-up date in July 2015. The Kalmar RTGs will enable Phase 1 of the terminal's capacity expansion of 450…

09 Sep 2014

Elcome Equips Water Desalination Barge in Saudi Arabia

Elcome International, the marine solutions provider and system integrator in the Middle East and one of the largest marine technology suppliers in the world, recently completed replacement and upgrade of a 15 MW electrical distribution and automation system on a water desalination barge. The vessel, Bowarege 2, is a rapidly deployable barge-mounted reverse-osmosis desalination plant owned and operated by International Barges Company (IBC) for water desalination in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Built in 2008, Bowarege 2 has capacity to produce 25,000 cubic meters of potable water per day. A major fire ripped through the barge and totally destroyed the barge’s accommodation block (which housed the switchgear room) and three of the nine genset containers. Goltens Co.

04 Dec 2012

New Icebreakers Fitted With Metso Automated Control Systems

Vitus Bering: Photo credit Arctech

Metso DNA provide high-technology automatic control system to two new multi-functional icebreaking supply vessels. Arctech Helsinki Shipyard has been a successful builder of multifunctional icebreaking supply vessels built to operate in harsh conditions in Russia, specializing in shipbuilding technology and today, about 60% of the icebreakers in operation in the world are built in Helsinki. The Russian company Sovcomflot has sufficient confidence in Arctech’s skills that it ordered two identical multifunctional icebreaking supply vessels (MIBSV).

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