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Cavotec unveils next generation automated vacuum mooring system

Cavotec unveils next generation automated vacuum mooring system
The MoorMaster NxG

Cavotec has launched the MoorMaster NxG, its next generation automated vacuum mooring solution for vessels berthing at ports, aiming to reduce fuel consumption and increase port productivity.

The system aims to revolutionise the way ships enter and leave ports, with mooring in as little as 30 seconds to drastically reduce docking times.

Overhauling the traditional way of anchoring ships to port using ropes and chains, which often takes up to one hour, can enable shipping companies to make every minute of their journey matter according to the Switzerland-based company.

Shorter turn-around times mean more time cruising at lower speeds for lower fuel consumption and a greener, cleaner world, it noted, while fast and hands-free moorning enables ports to ramp up productivity, reduce emissions and keep employees safe.

Mikael Norin, Cavotec CEO, says: “As the inventors of vacuum mooring, we’ve used every minute of data from 20 years’ service to redesign MoorMaster from the ground up, to deliver faster, smarter installation, improved performance, continuous monitoring and easier maintenance. All in a unit with a smaller more streamlined footprint and an aesthetically pleasing design.

“These are qualities that ASKO Maritime have seen as crucial when they are planning the introduction of the world’s first autonomous, zero emissions vessels.”

ASKO Maritime, the shipping arm of Norway’s largest grocery chain, will utilise the MoorMaster NxG in its Oslo Fjord operations where the fully electric ships will sail autonomously from port to port thereby replacing 2m km of truck transport, saving 5,000 tonnes of CO2 every year.

Kai Just Olsen, ASKO Maritime CEO, says: “The MoorMaster system will save us huge amounts of energy and is a key enabler of autonomous operations. Since we won’t need to use the powerful bow and side thrusters in port, our electric vessels will use less energy and also extend the battery lifetime.”

For conventional vessels, the system can reduce the level of emissions by up to 98% according to Cavotec, benefiting from patented Active Control technology, using a proprietary software algorithm to eliminate vessel motion while increasing system lifetime.

For ports, this can lead to increased loading/offloading productivity, enabling future use cases such as fully automated ship-to-shore (STS) cranes.

Norin added: “In the next ten years, with the introduction of smart shipping technology, we could finally see the end of the slow and dangerous use of ropes and chains at dockside.

“A modern shipping industry needs a mooring solution that meets and exceeds its high expectations of productivity and reduced environmental footprint at docks around the world.”