Locks

MoorMaster™ hands-free mooring is revolutionizing the operation of locks: shortening lockage time, eliminating dangerous rope-handling activities, increasing safety, and enabling greater vessel throughput.

MoorMaster™ lock systems are mounted on vertical rails inside lock chamber walls to secure ships during the lockage process as they are raised or lowered while keeping them at a fixed distance from the lock wall.

Benefits

  • Removes hazardous mooring lines-handling, (lines present fall risks at low water)
  • Allows mooring to be performed remotely, potentially many kilometres from the lock
  • Effective controls of vessel surge throughout the lockage process; lines lack control at low water due to the extreme angles from quayside to vessels
  • Eliminates dangerous oscillating roll motion caused by lines with water turbulence
  • Speeds up mooring and allows faster filling or drainage of locks

References

 

St Lawrence Seaway, US and Canada

Lockage
Since 2014
Moorings: Four to five per day in each lock
Vessels up to LOA 225m
Owner: SLSMC
Operator: SLSMC


Challenge

  • 15 locks in the US and Canada, each completing four to five moorings per day
  • Vertical travel in locks between 12 and 15m
  • Locks in remote locations forcing operators to drive up to four hours


Solution

  • MoorMaster™️ units mounted on vertical rails inside the lock chamber wall securing the ship during the lockage process
  • Locks completely remotely operated with no humans by lock


Key benefits

  • Transit times reduced by nearly seven minutes per lockage thanks to fast mooring and less vessel motion during drainage
  • Resources freed up through automation, reduced travel time, and economies of scale
  • Increased the pool of vessels worldwide that are able to enter the locks Eliminated safety hazards caused by handling mooring lines

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