Cavotec nets second combined MoorMaster order

MoorMaster AMS units during At Sea Demonstrations

MoorMaster AMS units during At Sea Demonstrations

Cavotec has announced that it has won a second order for its combined MoorMaster and battery charging system for a hybrid passenger ferry application in Finland.

The group will manufacture, install and commission the combined system which integrates MoorMaster to moor the ferry; Cavotec's Alternative Maritime Power, cable management systems to connect the ferry to electrical power; and the Group's Automatic Plug-in System.

"APS enables the fully automated connection of electrical power to the vessel at the touch of a button, and MoorMaster holds the ferry in position allowing the captain to switch off its thrusters while the ferry is loaded and unloaded," said Benny Törnroos, managing director of Cavotec Finland.

Two MoorMaster MM200 units will be installed at the Parainen and Nauvo berths, in southwest Finland, along with two AMP charging towers. 

The electric hybrid ferry, operated by FinFerries, will be approximately 90m long, 16m wide and will be able to carry up to 90 cars. They are due to enter service in summer 2017.

Vessel will make crossings, at 15-minute intervals during the day, and one round trip per hour at night, throughout the year and in all weather conditions.

Cavotec have also recently celebrated the completion of At Sea Demonstrations of the US Navy's Advanced Mooring System for ship-to-ship operations.

"These latest breakthroughs for MoorMaster are important milestones for the Cavotec Group. Crucially, they highlight this unique technology's growing acceptance by the market," said, Ottonel Popesco, Cavotec CEO.

US Navy's Advanced Mooring System, (AMS), employs MoorMaster to control vessel movement and eliminate the need for conventional mooring lines. MoorMaster units typically deploy and detach in less than 30 seconds.

The At Sea Demonstrations were conducted at Naval Base Coronado in California, during which a total of between 40 and 50 mooring operations were completed over the course of several days.

Shore-based MoorMaster units have performed some 200,000 mooring operations to date at ferry, bulk handling, Ro-Ro, container and lock applications worldwide, dramatically improving safety, operational efficiency, and in many cases enabling ports to make infrastructure savings.

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