Electric Vessels

In close co-operation with customers, Cavotec has led the development of innovative solutions for e-vessels since 2014.

By the end of 2020, our automated mooring and charging solutions will be used at more than 60 sites.

Mooring and charging in a single system

Cavotec’s combined MoorMaster™ automated mooring technology and Automatic Plug-in System (APS) is a single revolutionary platform that enables the fast, safe and efficient mooring and charging of e-vessels.

Combining MoorMaster™ and APS into a single system ensures seamless vessel mooring and charging, and offers operators the best of both technologies:

  • Superior integration maximises safety benefits, charging time, reliability
  • Integrated user interface and communication architecture
  • Unique mooring and charging capabilities combined

Cavotec supplied combined mooring and charging to the world’s first electric ferry in 2015 and today the combined system is in operation at a growing number of Ro/Ro passenger applications across the Nordic region.

Our Automatic Plug-in System (APS) provides fast connection and disconnection for e-ferries, maximizing charging capacity during off- and on-loading.

  • Short charging times
  • Safe operations due to electrical interlocks
  • Limited infrastructure costs
  • Minimum modification required for vehicles and ships
  • Robust design reduces maintenance costs

Our automated mooring solution, MoorMaster™, moors vessels in seconds and keeps vessels in position for safe charging and allows thrusters to be shut off, drastically reducing energy consumption.

  • Vessels moored in less than 30 seconds
  • Safe and efficient charging due to reduced vessel motion
  • Reduced energy consumption
  • Improved safety with no personnel required on the quayside
  • Potential reduction in size of battery units
  • Vessel overhang possible, resulting in reduced infrastructure costs

References

 

Norled, Norway (2 routes)

Lavik-Oppedal & Sydnes-Utbøya
Since 2015
Moorings: Between seven and 52 per day
Ferries LOA 67-114m
Owner: Norled
Operator: Norled


Challenge

  • High frequency ferry route with 16-50 moorings per day
  • Serviced by the world’s first fully electrical ferry, Ampere, since 2015
  • Need for frequent charging and low energy consumption
  • Local power grid only supports limited power consumption


Solution

  • Cavotec’s APS charging solution charges the vessel during each port stay
  • MoorMaster™️ system installed to keep the vessel moored in an exact position for nine out of ten minutes each port stay
  • Batteries at each shore for peak-shaving


Key benefits

  • Zero emissions as ferry is fully electric
  • Reduced energy consumption due to fast mooring reduces costs and enables smaller batteries on ship and on shore
  • Reduced power supply infrastructure needed on shore due to stable vessel position and reduced power requirement when vessel is moored Reduced fuel consumption for two conventional ferries using the same MoorMaster™️ system
  • Reduced fuel consumption for two conventional ferries using the same MoorMaster™️ system

Fjord1, Norway (Multiple routes)

18 routes
Since 2018
Moorings: Up to 50 per day
Ferries LOA 70-110m
Owner: Fjord1
Operator: Fjord1


Challenge

  • High frequency ferry routes with up to 50 moorings per day at each site
  • Need for frequent charging and low energy consumption
  • Local power grid only supports limited power supply
  • Standardization of infrastructure components


Solution

  • MoorMaster™️ system installed at more than 36 ferry berths to keep vessels moored in exact positions for 90-95% of time at berth
  • Batteries at each shore for peak-shaving


Key benefits

  • Zero emissions as ferry is fully electric
  • Reduced energy consumption due to fast mooring reduces costs and enables smaller batteries on ship and on shore
  • Reduced power supply infrastructure needed on shore due to stable vessel position and reduced power requirement when vessel is moored

Finferries, Finland (1 route)

Parainen-Nauvo
Since 2017
Moorings: 61/day
Ferries LOA 98m
Owner: Finferries
Operator: Finferries


Challenge

  • High frequency ferry route with 40-50 moorings per day
  • Serviced by Finland’s first fully electrical ferry, Elektra since 2017
  • Need for frequent charging and low energy consumption for battery to last
  • Local power grid only supports limited power supply


Solution

  • Cavotec’s charging solution, APS, for charging the vessel during each Port stay
  • MoorMaster™️ system installed to keep the vessel moored in an exact position
  • Batteries on shore for peak-shaving


Key benefits

  • Zero emissions as ferry is fully electric
  • Reduced energy consumption due to fast mooring reduces costs and enables smaller batteries on ship and on shore
  • Reduced power supply infrastructure needed on shore due to stable vessel position and reduced power requirement when vessel is moored

Aeroe Ferries, Denmark

Søby-Fynshav-Faaborg
Since 2019
Moorings: Six per day
Ferries LOA 60m
Owner: Ærø Kommune
Operator: Ærø Færgerne


Challenge

  • New e-ferry launched
  • Very large battery onboard to be charged for limited periods
  • Berth/dolphin shorter than the vessel


Solution

  • One standard MoorMaster™️ unit installed for bow mooring at each of three terminals


Key benefits

  • Extended charging time as mooring is very fast
  • Reduced energy consumption due to fast mooring allowing more capacity for each two-hour sailing
  • Fewer crew required onboard and no personnel required onshore

Ontario Transport, Canada (1 route)

Amherst, Millhaven, Kingston, Marysville & Wolf Island
Since 2019
Moorings: 10/day
Ferries LOA 95m
Owner: Ontario Transport
Operator: Ontario Transport


Challenge

  • New e-ferries need to be moored rapidly and accurately
  • Need to maximize charging time while moored


Solution

  • One standard MoorMaster™️ unit installed for bow mooring at each of five terminals
  • Fast automated mooring that is remotely operated from ferry


Key benefits

  • More charging time of onboard batteries
  • Position accuracy of moored vessel
  • No onshore crew required to moor vessel 

Boreal, Norway (2 routes)

Kinsarvik-Utne-Kvanndal & Skånevik-Matre-Utåker
Since 2019
Moorings: Seven to 11 per day
Ferries LOA 67-75m
Owner: Boreal
Operator: Boreal


Challenge

  • High frequency ferry routes with up to 30 moorings per day on each site
  • Need for frequent charging and low energy consumption
  • Local power grid only supports limited power supply


Solution

  • MoorMaster™️ system installed at six ferry berths to keep vessels moored in exact positions for 90-95% of time at berth
  • Batteries at each shore for peak-shaving


Key benefits

  • Zero emissions as ferry is fully electric
  • Reduced energy consumption due to fast mooring reduces costs and enables smaller batteries on ship and on shore
  • Reduced power supply infrastructure needed on shore due to stable vessel position and reduced power requirement when vessel is moored

FosenNamsos Sjö, Norway (1 route)

Flakk-Rørvik
Since 2019
Moorings: 39/day
Ferries LOA 107m
Owner: STFK
Operator: FosenNamsos Sjö


Challenge

  • High frequency ferry routes with up to 30 moorings per day on each site
  • Need for frequent charging and low energy consumption
  • Local power grid only supports limited power supply


Solution

  • MoorMaster™️ system installed at 2 ferry berths to keep the vessel moored in an exact position for 90-95% out of time of the port stay
  • Batteries at each shore for peak-shaving


Key benefits

  • Zero emissions as ferry is fully electric
  • Reduced energy consumption due to fast mooring reduces costs and enables smaller batteries on ship and on shore
  • Reduced power supply infrastructure needed on shore due to stable vessel position and reduced power requirement when vessel is moored

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