The first Cavotec Panzerbelt was installed at Jebel Ali more than 15 years ago, and there are now more than 400 Panzerbelt installations in use around the world. This cable protection system incorporates a continuous semi-flexible belt, made from rubber with inlaid steel reinforcement, which lies over a stainless steel channel cast in the quay.
It is designed to protect power cables against damage and problems caused by cross traffic in ports and terminals, and also to ensure the safety of personnel in busy working areas. It comes in two versions, Standard Panzerbelt and the newer Super Panzerbelt. The latter offers extra protection, allowing any heavy industrial vehicle to cross, manoeuvre and drive over the system. According to Cavotec, it is ideal for land-side applications where heavy traffic is the norm.
“The Panzerbelt system has proven to be a valid solution in terms of safety and productivity. … We do not only sell products, we sell solutions, tailor-made to our customers’ needs,” said Andrea Della Bianca, marketing and sales director of Cavotec Specimas.
In September 2006, Cavotec Group Holdings NV announced its merger with Mooring Systems Ltd, effective from January 1, 2007, in a deal worth an estimated €125m. the merged entity, Cavotec MSL Holdings Ltd, is based in Christchurch, New Zealand and will be listed on the New Zealand public stock exchange. Worldwide, the merged company has eight manufacturing ‘centres of excellence’ and 25 sales companies spread across more than 30 countries and five continents.