To date the best-known automated, ropeless, vacuum technology mooring system is MoorMaster from Cavotec, originally developed in New Zealand and owned by Cavotec for several years now, with applications all over the world.
Now Trelleborg Marine Systems has come up with Automoor, which looks like a direct competitor to Cavotec MoorMaster.
The selling points are the same: using vacuum technology to attach and secure a vessel at berth rapidly reduces vessel motions and minimises personnel involvement, reducing human error and improving safety.
Automoor continuously monitors all mooring loads acting on the vessel at berth, providing live data to the operator.
Richard Hepworth, President of Trelleborg’s marine systems operation, said: “Docking and mooring can play a critical role in increasing throughput of an individual berth and overall port facility. No matter the application, ports and terminals worldwide are under pressure to increase throughput.
“However, trying to do so at the same time as dealing with increasing vessel sizes can be difficult. Optimising operational windows is an effective route to improving efficiency and one that AutoMoor enables by reducing the time taken to moor vessels.”
With mooring units that provide real-time data to monitor vessel mooring loads, Trelleborg says it is offering the automated technology needed to compete effectively in today’s complex, global landscape.
Automated mooring technologies minimise downtime by reducing the effects of passing ships on moored vessels. When using mooring lines, operators may need to interrupt operations, costing time and money in delayed product transfer. Using an automated mooring system to dampen vessel motions and extend the range of conditions in which efficient transfer can take place can have huge implications for efficiency.
AutoMoor is also intended to help ports and terminals become more environmentally-efficient, because vessels can be secured in under a minute and released in 30 seconds. This reduces vessel idling time and reduces the time tug boats are required alongside the vessel until the mooring operation is complete, cutting emissions overall.
Trelleborg’s AutoMoor solution falls under the operation’s SmartPort portfolio. The most important aspect of SmartPort is the open API [application program interface]structure which enables collaboration with third party systems and third party assets.
Historically, Trelleborg has supplied many products for the port environment, from fenders to mooring equipment to ship performance monitoring to navigation and piloting systems: each of which can have their own sensors fitted. By adopting SmartPort architecture, all of these systems and more can be brought under one cloud-based system.
Like MoorMaster, AutoMoor is available in various configurations to suit different types of vessels and quay layouts.