Cavotec automated mooring wins bulk safety award

Cavotec automated mooring wins bulk handling safety award

Cavotec’s innovative automated mooring system, MoorMaster, recently won the International Bulk Journal’s Award for Safety in Bulk Handling (Marine) sponsored by DNV. This is the latest in a series of awards for the unique technology.

Dedicated exclusively to the maritime dry bulk industry, the IBJ’s annual awards recognise achievements by individuals and companies that improve efficiency, safety and environmental protection.

According to the award citation: “Judges were impressed by Cavotec’s MoorMaster system installed in Port Hedland, Australia, as risk to personnel from mooring incidents is completely removed. Snap back related injuries as well as injuries from ‘man handling’ lines are now a thing of the past.”

The Port Hedland application, at the Utah Point dry bulk loading facility, entered service in 2010. Work is underway to install MoorMaster units at a second berth at Port Hedland.

MoorMasterwas also a key component in the Port Hedland and Pinc Group’s successful entry for the 2011 Western Australia Engineering Excellence Awards. The entry went on to win the same category in Australia’s national Engineering Excellence Awards. The technology also won the Australia Bulk Handling Award 2011 for Best Practice in Occupational Health & Safety.

MoorMasteris 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, moor and release vessels in seconds. In addition to improved safety and productivity, the technology also has the potential to deliver infrastructure savings in many applications.

The technology has performed more than 40,000 mooring operations to date at bulk handling, ferry, container ship and lock applications around the world.


MoorMaster™ Secures New Bulk Handling Application

Cavotec’s automated mooring technology, MoorMaster™, has achieved further success with news that Australian mining company, Karara Mining, has ordered 12 MoorMaster™ units for installation at the iron ore handling facility at the Port of Geraldton in Western Australia.

Karara Mining has ordered the MM200D units for use at their dedicated bulk handling facility at the Port of Geraldton to minimise the serious safety risk of mooring lines parting. All MoorMaster™ MM200D units are specially designed and built to withstand falling rocks and fine iron ore dust.

Situated some 400km north of Perth, Geraldton is one of Australia’s busiest regional ports. The Port has historically been one of Australia’s larger grain export ports and today, more than half the port’s exports are generated from minerals and iron ore.

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, moor and release vessels in seconds. The system offers improved safety, improved operational efficiency and the potential for infrastructure savings.

MoorMaster™ units at Port Hedland similar to those that will be installed at the Port of Geraldton.

MoorMaster™ is becoming a popular choice at bulk handling applications in Australia. For example, 14 MoorMaster™ MM200B units have recently been commissioned at the Port Hedland Port Authority, and Cavotec has recently delivered eight MM200D units to Hamersley Iron Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of Anglo-Australian mining group Rio Tinto, for the Dampier Fuel Supply Wharf in the Port of Dampier.

MoorMaster™ is an increasingly accepted and widely adopted technology that has performed more than 40,000 mooring operations, with a 100% safety record, at ferry, bulk handling, Ro-Ro, container and lock applications around the world.

For more information about MoorMaster™, you can download a recent technical article about the technology published by Port Technology International here. And a video of a version of the system, installed in locks on the St. Lawrence Seaway in Canada is available on our YouTube site here.


Port Hedland MoorMaster™ Update

MoorMaster™ units poised for mooring at Port Hedland's Utah Point multi-user berth.

Commissioning of the 14 MoorMaster™ MM200B (bulk) units at Port Hedland in Western Australia is proceeding smoothly, with full hand-over expected in the coming weeks. On September 29, the 225m iron carrier Huang Shan Hai was successfully moored and held without ropes. The operation was covered by the local North West Telegraph newspaper.

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, moor and release vessels in seconds. The system offers improved safety, infrastructure savings, improved turn-around times and reductions in emissions.

The PHPA’s MoorMaster™ units are built to withstand the especially harsh operating environment at the port. Not only will the units face abrasive iron ore dust and falling rocks, during cyclone season, which runs from November to the end of February, seawater spray and winds will regularly blast the systems at speeds of up to 200 mph (320 kph).

Port Hedland’s iron ore facility is particularly exposed: situated directly on the mouth of a tidal inflow area, with tides ranging up to five metres. While the systems will not be required to moor vessels during cyclones, the systems will be able to compensate for the port’s exceptional changes in tide levels.

All secure: a third vessel moors at the Utah Point berth.

In a similar application, we are currently installing eight MoorMaster™ units for Hammersley Iron Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of Anglo-Australian mining group Rio Tinto, at the Port of Dampier, also in Western Australia. The units will serve the Dampier Fuel Wharf, located on the eastern end of the Parker Point ore wharf. Each unit will have a capacity of 20 tonnes, and will complete vessel mooring in less than 30 seconds and disengage in less than 10 seconds.

MoorMaster™ is also in use at Canada’s St. Lawrence Seaway, on RoRo ferry routes run by Searoad Shipping Australia and Toll in New Zealand, at the APM Terminals container facility at the Port of Salalah in Oman, and on three high frequency fast ferry routes in Denmark, operated by Nordic Ferry Services A/S.