Next gen MoorMaster will cater to fully electric, autonomous ships

ASKO Maritime is set to benefit from Cavotec’s MoorMaster NxG solution in its Oslo Fjord operations where its fully electric ships will sail autonomously from port to port.

Launched today, Cavotec says its next generation automated vacuum mooring solution can ‘significantly’ reduce fuel consumption as well as increase port productivity.

The company claims that the MoorMaster NxG will enable mooring in as little as 30 seconds. These shorter turn-around times, says Cavotec, mean more time cruising at lower speeds for lower fuel consumption and improved environmental impact.

For ASKO Maritime, the shipping arm of Norway’s largest grocery chain, the electric ferries are expected to replace two million kilometres of truck transport, saving 5,000 tonnes of CO2 every year.

‘The MoorMaster system will save us huge amounts of energy and is a key enabler of autonomous operations,’ said Kai Just Olsen, ASKO Maritime CEO. ‘Since we won’t need to use the powerful bow and side thrusters in port, our electric vessels will use less energy and also extend the battery lifetime.’

Cavotec claims, ‘even with conventional vessels’, that the MoorMaster can reduce the level of harmful emissions by as much as 98% during mooring. The solution comes with patented Active Control technology and uses a proprietary software algorithm to eliminate vessel motion while also ‘drastically’ increasing system lifetime.

And according to Cavotec CEO Mikael Norin, the solution could also spell the end of traditional mooring technology.

‘In the next ten years, with the introduction of smart shipping technology, we could finally see the end of the slow and dangerous use of ropes and chains at dockside,’ said Norin. ‘A modern shipping industry needs a mooring solution that meets and exceeds its high expectations of productivity and reduced environmental footprint at docks around the world.’

Rhys Berry

Rhys Berry