Cavotec wins breakthrough MoorMaster™ automated mooring project in Norway

By Peter Pospiech at August 05, 2013 08:18
Filed Under: Company News, General, Ports

Global engineering group Cavotec, based in Lugano, Switzerland, has secured a significant order for its MoorMaster™ automated mooring technology at a new bulk handling application in Norway. The project has a substantial financial value — it is the largest single MoorMaster™ order in Europe to date — and indicates the potential for Cavotec's automated mooring systems at ports worldwide.

Cavotec is to supply 18 MoorMaster™ 200B units for international minerals group LKAB's new iron ore berth in Narvik, northern Norway, on behalf of the PEAB construction and civil engineering group.

The scope of the order includes manufacture of the mooring units, installation and comprehensive technical support. The units will moor bulk carrier ships of up to 185,000 DWT and 305m.

This is the first MoorMaster™ bulk handling application in Europe, and the first located within the Arctic Circle. As such, the MM200B units for this project will be built to withstand the harsh winters and demanding operational conditions common to its location.

The technology is already in use at three bulk handling berths in Western Australia, where it is delivering substantial improvements in operational efficiency and safety.

MoorMaster™ is also used at frequent-use passenger ferry, container handling, Ro-Ro and lock applications around the world. In addition, Cavotec is seeing interest in the technology for offshore applications.

The LKAB facility at Narvik ships 15-20 million tonnes of iron ore every year. The MoorMaster™ units will ensure vessels will be moored quickly, safely and remain in position to ensure fast and efficient loading operations.

Traditionally mooring ships has always been done by using ropes. This practice has remained unchanged despite strong technical developments within ports and shipping over recent decades.

The automated mooring solutions developed by Cavotec MoorMaster bring mooring up to speed with the pace of the modern shipping industry. By using vacuum and hydraulic based technology instead of ropes the whole operation of mooring a ship is reduced to a simple press of a button Average time for a ship to be secured is reduced to within 12 seconds and is completely automatic. Ships can moor almost immediately without the need for mooring gangs, meaning cargo operations can commence sooner and the vessel will enjoy a faster turnaround. MoorMaster introduces enhanced safety for ship and shore personnel as the hazards associated with mooring lines are no longer present.  

MoorMaster has advanced real time monitoring features ensuring the mooring operator, ship captain and port authority are constantly well informed of the status of the mooring. Once the system is activated, the vacuum pads extend and secure the ship. The units are designed to allow for the majority of hull types easily accommodating typical surface irregularities. The units connect close to the waterline and counteract ship movements at the berth providing a significant improvement over mooring lines in surge affected ports. 

Moormaster installation in Denmark


Images: Courtesy of Cavotec

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