Automated mooring offers time, cost savings

Shipping lines have the opportunity to save millions of dollars by reducing time spent in port even by the most marginal amounts: that’s the main finding of a study carried out by container shipping consultancy SeaIntel. 

Savings secured: A MoorMaster™ automated mooring unit at Port Hedland in Western Australia

The research, a joint project conducted by SeaIntel, industry group the Global Institute of Logistics and software provider Cirrus Group, found that:

“If the berthing process is systematically reduced in a given port, this will allow vessel operators to slow their vessels down slightly, and still be able to berth in a timely fashion. Of course, this is only possible if the process improvement is a genuine time saving, and hence the port changes the time set aside for the berthing process.”

One way ships can optimise time spent in port is by reducing mooring times with the help of Cavotec’s automated mooring technology MoorMaster™.

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.

The innovative technology is used with passenger ferry, container and bulk handling and Ro-Ro applications all over the world. The Group is also seeing interest in the technology for offshore applications.