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Global engineering group, Cavotec MSL, has successfully
completed commissioning Scandinavia's first fully-automated,
vacuum-based mooring system, MoorMaster, with Danish ferry
operator Nordic Ferry Services (NFS).
"We have delivered a safe, efficient and advanced mooring
solution that provides our customer with quicker turn-around
times and a safer environment for both port personnel and
vessel crews," said Cavotec MoorMaster Group Product Manager,
MoorMaster is a vacuum-based, automated mooring technology
that moors vessels in seconds, eliminating the need for
conventional mooring lines. The system counteracts vessel surge in
port caused by changes in wave dynamics.
The NFS installation includes two MoorMaster units in the port
of Hov on the Danish mainland, Jutland, and a further two across
the Århus Bugt at Saelvig Port on the island of Samsoe. The units
will perform between six and eight mooring operations a day
throughout the year.
NFS has a further eight MoorMaster units on order due for
installation at other Danish ports.
Designed to meet the specific conditions at Hov and Saelvig,
each of the MoorMaster units has a holding capacity of 400kN.
Each set of twin units is capable of holding vessels in place in wind
speeds of up to 24m/s.
The Hov-Saelvig route is served by the newly built passenger
ferry 'Kanhave'. Built in Greece, the 'Kanhave' has a capacity of
600 passengers and 110 vehicles.
As with all MoorMaster installations, the units are fully
automated: running system status checks, and "arming", or
preparing to moor, as radio signals activate the units as vessels
approach from a distance of up to one kilometre.
Cameras mounted on the side of the vessel also allow the
captain to closely monitor the position of the ship throughout
mooring. The master of the vessel has to press just two buttons
throughout the entire process. Operators are able to choose from a
hand-held remote unit from the bridge wing, or from a unit
located on the bridge. The units remain active once a vessel leaves
port in the event a ship needs to return to port, and after a set time
the units return to "sleep" mode.
Adopting MoorMaster at Saelvig has saved the port operator
substantial expenditure on infrastructure improvements. MoorMaster
allows the port to increase capacity without the expense and
inconvenience of extending the quayside: an operation that would
have also reduced access to the port for other vessels.
In April, Cavotec announced the largest ever order for MoorMaster
for the Port Hedland Port Authority (PHPA) in Western Australia. The
PHPA deal followed the announcement that Canada's St. Lawrence
Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) had ordered two
additional MoorMaster units. The SLSMC MoorMasters are specially
designed for use in the seaway where the units will deal with water
level variations of up to 14 metres.
For further information contact:
Cavotec MSL, Switzerland. Web: www.cavotec.com
One of the two MoorMaster units at Saelvig
Aboa Mare University of Applied Sciences, located in Turku
(Finland), has recently received the accreditation of the
Nautical Institute as an official Dynamic Positioning (DP)
training centre. Dynamic positioning is becoming especially
important for sophisticated offshore operations and the need
for corresponding training facilities is increasing pressing.
The new DP bridge simulator in Turku is based on the Navis
NavDP 4000 Trainer Simulator, which combines the best qualities
of the previous models. The DP training facility comprises the
bridge with three visual channels and the DP classroom, where the
trainees all have their individual DP station.
This new addition means that Aboa Mare now has no less than
seven training bridges, making it the largest simulation centre in
Finland, while the university continues its traditions dating back
For further information contact:
Navis Engineering, Finland.
New DP Training Centre for Finland
The new DP bridge simulator based on the Navis NavDP 4000 Trainer Simulator
First Cavotec MoorMasters in Scandinavia enter ser vice with Nordic Ferry Ser vices
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