To be engineered and manufactured at Cavotec’s facilities in New Zealand and North America, delivery and installation of the system is scheduled by the end of the summer, when all four units will automate the mooring at Lock 7 on the Welland Canal. The two original units underwent rigorous testing by SLSMC during 2007 and 2008.
MoorMaster™ is a vacuum-based automated mooring technology that eliminates the need for conventional mooring lines. The system counteracts vessel surge in port caused by changes in wave dynamics. Originally conceived and designed to cope with changes in water level of up to four metres in ports, the system for the SLSMC will be adapted to deal with variations of up to 14 metres.
A vital trade link between the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean, he Seaway will be the world’s first inland waterway to replacecing mooring ropes and cables with an automated system, helping to reduce vessel transit time and create a safer environment for those working on board ships and shore-side.