Cavotec has received orders to deliver and maintain its automated, unmanned MoorMaster mooring system for many e-ferry ports across Norway
The orders are worth around €9M, of which €4M was booked in Q4 2017. On completion of these projects, Cavotec will have equipped more than 40 e-ferry ports in Scandinavia with MoorMaster.
"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.
MoorMaster is ideal for e-ferry applications, says Cavotec, because the units keep vessels in pre-programmed positions to maximise the amount of time available to charge ship battery units. "The technology also reduces overall capex for operators, and delivers substantial operational and safety benefits," said Sofus Gedde-Dahl, Sales Director E-Ferries at Cavotec.
In line with CO2E reduction targets, Norway has led the introduction of electrically-powered and hybrid vessels. Cavotec has become an important partner in this effort through its development of automated charging interface and mooring technologies.
Cavotec systems have moored and charged the world’s first fully electric car ferry, 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.
"The rapid introduction of e-ferries in Norway has been the dominant driver for the wider adoption of MoorMaster in recent years, a development that we see being replicated in neighbouring markets such as Finland and Denmark," says Gedde-Dahl.