Cavotec MSL wins iron ore handling equipment contract for Port Hedland, Western Australia

Global engineering innovator, Cavotec MSL, is to supply a range of advanced cable reel, control and steel chain technologies to the ThyssenKrupp group for installation on iron ore ship-loaders at Port Hedland in Western Australia.

“This is a wide-ranging and complex order; pulling together our expertise in cable reels, cabin and console technologies, radio remote control units and steel chain engineering,” says Cavotec Australia National Sales Manager, Mike Stoney. The equipment is set for delivery to China in 2010 for subsequent installation on four new iron ore ship-loaders at Port Hedland. The deal includes cable and hose reelers, Brieda operator cabins and consoles, Cavotec Micro-control radio remote control systems and Brevetti steel slew chains. The radio remote control units are FieldBus enabled, allowing for direct interface with the machine control system. “All these elements will be delivered according to specific customer requirements – a challenge we are happy to meet,” adds Stoney. Equipment used at Port Hedland’s iron ore handling facility needs to withstand the uniquely abrasive and viscous nature of iron ore dust. The ThyssenKrupp deal follows another major order for Cavotec from Port Hedland. In April Cavotec announced the largest ever order for its MoorMaster™ automated mooring technology for Port Hedland Port Authority. MoorMaster™ moors vessels in seconds, eliminating the need for conventional mooring lines and tugboats, and dramatically reducing the risk of serious injury to shore-side personnel and ships’ crews.


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