The Port of Turku, Finland, has ordered Cavotec’s MoorMaster automated mooring technology for use in its Viking Line ferry berth.
Cavotec will design, supply, commission and service a multi-unit MoorMaster automated mooring system which is scheduled to be delivered in 2020.
Patrick Mares, president Cavotec ports & marine, said: “The MoorMaster system is the only proven and widely used automated mooring technology available in the world today and we’re delighted to have been selected for this key project.
“Our customer has chosen MoorMaster as the best technology to improve their operational efficiency while also improving safety and sustainability.”
The system will moor the 218 m long passenger and vehicle ferries Grace, which entered into service in 2013, and the new-build Glory which is scheduled to make its maiden voyage in 2021.
By removing conventional mooring lines from the mooring process, the MoorMaster aims to improve safety, reduce the environmental impact and substantially increase operational efficiency.
A similar system was installed at the Port of Helsinki in 2016 and, since then, the system has performed around 5,000 moorings to date.
Additionally, more than 80 MoorMaster systems have performed approximately 500,000 moorings at ferry, bulk and container handling ports as well as lock and ship-to-ship applications worldwide.
The system first entered into service 20 years ago and through its key patents and optimised hydraulics it aims to offer superior performance while maintaining low energy consumption.