Cavotec powers “Ship of the Year”

Cavotec powers "Ship of the Year"

We’re delighted that the carbon fibre passenger ferry, Vision of the Fjords, has been named “Ship of the Year” at SMM in Hamburg, the world’s leading maritime trade fair. This extraordinary battery-powered hybrid vessel relies on Cavotec shore power systems to charge its battery units.

Vision of the Fjords is now in operation between Flåm in the Aurland fjord and Gudvangen, in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Nærøy fjord, southern Norway, a distance of some 20 nautical miles. A trip that the 42m-long vessel is scheduled to make around 700 times every year. The vessel is operated by the Fjords, and carries carry up to 399 passengers.

Cavotec designed and manufactured two low voltage dispenser units – located in Flåm and Gudvangen – which ensure the safe and efficient charging of the Vision of the Fjords’ battery packs.

We warmly congratulate everyone involved in bringing the Vision of the Fjords into operation, and we’re proud to have played our part in the development of this inspirational application that we believe has the potential for ferry applications all over the world. 

Cavotec has led the development of shore power technologies since the 1980s with its range of Alternative Maritime Power shore- and ship-based systems.  


MoorMaster™ introduced at two UK ferry berths

MoorMaster™ to be introduced at two UK passenger ferry berths

In the latest development for our innovative MoorMaster™ mooring technology in the UK, Wightlink Ferries is to introduce the system at two of its passenger and vehicle ferry berths in Portsmouth, (on the mainland), and Fishbourne on the Isle of Wight.

“This is our first MoorMaster™ order in the UK and adds to our growing list of ferry applications in Europe,” says Ottonel Popesco, Cavotec CEO.

Cavotec will supply three MoorMaster™ MM400 units, two for installation in Portsmouth, and one in Fishbourne.

The introduction of MoorMaster™ will allow Wightlink’s new, larger vessel to use the existing berth at Portsmouth, without having to make a costly extension to it, which would have also caused difficulties for manoeuvring vessels.

MoorMaster™ is a vacuum-based automated mooring technology that eliminates the need for conventional mooring lines. Remote controlled vacuum pads recessed in, or mounted on the quayside or pontoons, moor and release vessels in seconds.

To date, some 200 MoorMaster™ units are installed at 28 locations worldwide and have completed an estimated 150,000 mooring operations at Ro/Ro, container and bulk handling, and lock applications.