Automated mooring at forefront of port emissions battle

A MoorMaster automated mooring unit at Lavik ferry berth in Norway which is combined with the Alternative Maritime Power shore power application A MoorMaster automated mooring unit at Lavik ferry berth in Norway which is combined with the Alternative Maritime Power shore power application
Industry Database

Cavotec is continuing to revolutionise the operation of e-vessels by delivering and maintaining its automated, unmanned, mooring system across Norwegian ferry ports.

The latest new orders for MoorMaster are worth approximately €9m and on completion of these projects, Cavotec will have equipped more than 40 e-ferry ports in Scandinavia with the automated mooring system.

"These projects demonstrate the unrivalled suitability of MoorMaster for e-ferry applications, and the importance of the technology for this rapidly growing segment in Norway and beyond," said Gustavo Miller, President Ports and Maritime Division at Cavotec.

e-ferry servicing

Following its stated aim of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 40%, Norway has led the introduction of electrically powered and hybrid vessels. Cavotec has become a crucial partner in this effort through its development of innovative automated charging interface and mooring technologies.

The MoorMaster units keep vessels in pre-programmed positions to maximise the amount of time available to charge ship battery units.

Cavotec systems have moored and charged the world's first fully electric car ferry, the MF Ampere, since it entered service in 2015. Following the success of the MF Ampere application, Cavotec mooring and charging technologies have been introduced at a growing number of e-ferry berths in Norway, Finland and Sweden.

To date, more than 260 MoorMaster units worldwide have performed some 330,000 moorings at ferry, bulk and container handling, as well as lock and ship-to-ship applications worldwide.

Cavotec said that the rapid introduction of e-ferries in Norway has been the dominant driver for the wider adoption of MoorMaster in recent years, a development it’s now seeing being replicated in neighbouring markets including Finland and Denmark.

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