Marine systems provider Cavotec has received an order for 16 new MoorMaster automated mooring technology units from the Port of Salalah, Oman.
The new M400E15 units will operate at container berths 3 and 4 of the port, which already features the company’s technology at its berths 1, 5 and 6.
Cavotec and Salalah also signed a three-year maintenance contract, a renewal of an existing agreement, according to which the company’s onsite service teams will provide support at all five berths equipped with MoorMaster technology.
The new units, of which eight will be supplied to berth 3 and the remaining eight to berth 4, are expected to be installed before the 2017 South-eastern monsoon (Khareef) season, which lasts from around June to early September.
The port had eight new MM400E15 units installed at its berth 6 prior to the Khareef season this year.
Cavotec claimed in a statement that its MoorMaster units, which were first trialled at Salalah in 2006, successfully reduced the port’s excessive vessel motion partly caused by long waves especially common during the monsoon season.
“These units have met all operational requirements even during the most severe periods of long wave activity,” a company statement read.
The company’s MoorMaster is a vacuum-based automated mooring technology which avoids conventional mooring lines by allowing mooring and releasing of vessels in seconds thanks to remote-controlled vacuum pads recessed in or mounted on the quayside or pontoons.
The technology is claimed to improve operational efficiency and safety, as well as reduce emissions from vessels and tugs, as the vacuum units hold ships at a set distance from berths and eliminate the need for them to be repositioned along the quay.