ROPAX and RORO

Cavotec has supplied MoorMaster™ automated mooring systems for a wide variety of Ro/Ro and ferry applications that reduce mooring times, thereby allowing more time for passenger and vehicles boarding and disembarking, or lower cruising speeds.

Shorter mooring times reduce fuel consumption as well as air pollution and noise at terminals, which are often located close to city centres. At berths subject to challenging tidal and weather conditions, and where space for conventional mooring is restricted, Cavotec automated mooring ensures safe and reliable operations, eliminating dangerous rope handling activities.

Benefits

  • Moor vessels in 30 seconds, detach in 10 seconds.
  • Fuel savings due to reduced use of thrusters during port stays, and potentially reduced cruise speeds.
  • Reduced emissions improve air quality in and around terminals.
  • Improved personnel safety and reduced onboard labour requirement.
  • Reduced maintenance costs linked to mooring lines, winches and hull paint and coatings.
  • Reduced fender and seabed maintenance.
  • Reduced infrastructure costs due to shorter quays and/or fewer dolphins.
  • Reliable system, operating in extreme environmental conditions.

References

 

Port of Helsinki, Finland (RoPax)

Berths LJ7 & LJ8
Since 2017
Moorings: Nine per day
Ferries LOA up to 212m
Owner: Port of Helsinki
Operator: Tallink & EckeröLine


Challenge

  • Ferry route with large 200+ m LOA vessels mooring six times per day
  • Slow and labour-intensive mooring implies high operational expenses
  • Port committed to reducing the carbon footprint of harbour operations


Solution

  • MoorMaster™️ system installed on one berth in 2016
  • Second MoorMaster™️ system installed on a neighbouring berth in 2020


Key benefits

Fast mooring in less than 30 seconds drives:

  • significant reductions in fuel consumption
  • improved local air quality and reduced noise pollution
  • improve turn-around flexibility for the ship operator
  • Resources freed up as fewer personnel onshore and onboard required for mooring


"An auto-mooring system decreases the time taken for vessel mooring and release. The time saved amounts to significant reductions in fuel consumption, improved local air quality and reduced noise pollution.”

Sari Nevanlinna – Vice President Passenger Services, Port of Helsinki

Wightlink, UK (ropax)

Portsmouth-Fishbourne
Since 2017
Moorings: 30/day
Ferries LOA 62-89m
Owner: Wightlink
Operator: Wightlink


Challenge

  • High frequency ferry route with 30 moorings per day
  • Introduction of new, longer, vessel meant pier needed to be extended at considerable expense for safe mooring with ropes


Solution

  • MoorMaster™️ units mounted on pier
  • No pier extension needed as MoorMaster™️ system only needs to attach to the parallel sideboard of the vessel


Key benefits

  • Large capital expenditure avoided as no pier extension was needed
  • Resources freed up as less staff is tied up in mooring
  • Fuel savings as reduced turn-around time allows slower cruise speed

SeaRoad, Australia (roro)

Melbourne-Devonport
Since 2003
Moorings: Two per day
Ferries LOA 118-182m
Owner: SeaRoad
Operator: SeaRoad


Challenge

  • Slow and labour-intensive mooring result in high operational expenses


Solution

  • MoorMaster™️ system with four units at each of the two ports installed in 2003
  • Increasing capacity for longer vessels in 2018 by installing one extra MoorMaster™ unit at each port


Key benefits

  • Large savings in labour costs
  • Improved flexibility in port turnaround

Samsø Rederi, Denmark (RoPax)

Hou-Sælvig
Since 2015
Moorings: Seven per day
Ferries LOA 99m
Owner: Samsø Kommune
Operator: Samsø Rederi


Challenge

  • Ferry routes with 100m LOA vessel mooring seven times per day
  • Quay walls shorter than the ferry
  • Slow and labour-intensive mooring implies high operational expenses


Solution

  • MoorMaster™️ system installed at two berths in 2015
  • Former units removed by previous operator and replaced with new


Key benefits

 Fast mooring in less than 30 seconds drives:

  • improved efficiency and flexibility in port turnaround
  • reduced need for maintenance of seabed
  • Resources freed up as no personnel needed for mooring onshore
  • Short quay walls did not have to be extended

Molslinjen, Denmark (RoPax)

Spodsbjerg-Taars and Ballen-Kalundborg
Since 2009
Moorings: Five to -18/day
Ferries LOA 99m
Owner: Molslinjen
Operator: Molslinjen


Challenge

  • Ferry routes with 100m LOA vessels mooring six-18 times per day
  • Quay walls shorter than the ferries
  • Slow and labour-intensive mooring implies high operational expenses


Solution

  • MoorMaster™️ system installed at two berths in 2009 and moved to another site in 2015 when concession on old route was not renewed
  • MoorMaster™️ systems installed at two other berths in 2012


Key benefits

Fast mooring in less than 30 seconds drive:

  • Improved efficiency and flexibility in port turnaround
  • Reduced need for maintenance of seabed
  • Resources freed up as no staff is tied up in mooring onshore
  • Short quay walls did not have to be extended


"Cavotec’s MoorMaster™ systems represent a major asset for our port developments by speeding up our operations and turnaround times, which in turn, help us improve the reliability and quality of service for the benefit of our customers. This mooring system is a unique and innovative technology that has been adopted by our company in order to support our strategy of integrating more efficient and reliable systems for our ferry services.”

Hans Henrik Simonsen – (COO, Molslinjen A/S)

Interislander, New Zealand (RoPax)

Picton-Wellington
Since 2005
Moorings: 3/day
Ferries LOA 180-181m
Owner: KiwiRail
Operator: Interislander


Challenge

  • New vessel too long for the existing berth
  • Not enough time to extend the wharf before vessel due to enter service


Solution

  • Two MoorMaster™ units mounted on existing quay to avoid extension
  • MoorMaster™ system delivered and commissioned before new vessel arrived 


Key benefits

  • Cost of berth extension avoided
  • Vessel could enter service as soon as it arrived in New Zealand

Teso, The Netherlands (ropax)

Den Helder
Since 2014
Moorings: 16/day
Ferries LOA 110-130m
Owner: Teso
Operator: Teso


Challenge

  • High frequency ferry route in the Netherlands with 16 moorings per day
  • High fuel consumption and seabed erosion as vessels thrusted during port stay
  • Complaints from municipality on air quality and emissions


Solution

  • MoorMaster™️ units mounted on a floating pontoon by the quay
  • Ship moored at the push of a button allowing for the engine to start idling


Key benefits

  • Reduced fuel consumption and reduced engine wear due to reduced mooring times
  • Reduced emissions and improved air quality
  • Improvements in crew working conditions due to reduced engine noise

Port of Turku, Finland (RoPax)

VikingLine berth
Since: 2020
Ferries LOA: up to 222m
Owner: Port of Turku
Operator: VikingLine


Challenge

  • Ferry route with large 200+ m LOA vessels mooring twice a day
  • Desire for automation from ship operator side
  • Port committed to reducing the carbon footprint of harbour operations


Solution

  • MoorMaster™️ system installed on one berth in 2020


Key benefits

Fast mooring in less than 30 seconds drives:

  • Significant reductions in fuel consumption
  • Improved local air quality and reduced noise pollution
  • Improve turn-around flexibility for the ship operator
  • Resources freed up as fewer personnel onshore and onboard required for mooring

Port of Tallinn, Estonia (RoPax)

Berths 5 and 12
Since 2020
Moorings: Nine per day
Ferries LOA up to 212m
Owner: Port of Tallinn
Operator: Tallink and EckeröLine


Challenge

  • Ferry route with large 200+ m LOA vessels mooring 8 times per day
  • Desire for automation from ship operator side
  • Port committed to reducing the carbon footprint of harbour operations


Solution

  • MoorMaster™️ system installed on two berths in 2020
  • Loop closed as the ship operators now have automated mooring in both end of the route increasing the number of benefits


Key benefits

Fast mooring in less than 30 seconds drive:

  • Significant reductions in fuel consumption
  • improved local air quality and reduced noise pollution
  • Improve turn-around flexibility for the ship operator
  • Resources freed up as less staff is tied up in mooring onshore and onboard

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