Mediterranean order for mooring system
Global engineering group Cavotec has secured a major order for its automated ship-mooring systems from a Mediterranean Sea port.
However, it has not named the container hub because of confidentiality.
The research and development of the vacuum-based mooring systems are done by a Christchurch team, which has expanded substantially over the past 12 months despite having to move because of earthquake damage to its Amuri Park offices.
Cavotec chief executive Ottonel Popesco on Friday said the group was to install 18 MoorMaster MM200C units to be used on an exposed container berth in the Mediterranean.
"By reducing mooring times to a matter of seconds, the MoorMaster units will deliver higher rates of productivity and and utilisation that are not possible with the conventional mooring methods," Popesco said.
"This project further demonstrates our continued strategic focus on bringing state-of-the-art, innovative technology to the global ports and maritime sector."
The value of the contract was also undisclosed. However, a standard MM200C unit costs about $200,000.
Cavotec MSL was listed on the NZX after a merger at the beginning of 2007 with Christchurch-based Mooring Systems, started by entrepreneur Peter Montgomery to develop the vacuum-based, automated mooring technology. However, it has since delisted and instead listed in October on the Nasdaq OMX Stockholm-based exchange.
MoorMaster New Zealand general manager David Williams said the Christchurch project management and design team had moved to a Kaiapoi office after being "quake displaced" to a central Christchurch workspace.
The size of the team had grown from 17 to 24 in the past 12 months, with the company still seeking a couple more employees.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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