Automated technology proves popular

03 Jan 2013
Cavotec MoorMaster units

Cavotec MoorMaster units

Global maritime technology providers, Cavotec and Cargotec, have seen a steady flow of orders for their automated MoorMaster and Kalmar SmartLanes OCR technology solutions.

Switzerland based Cavotec has won an order for its MoorMaster 400 automated mooring technology to be installed at a passenger ferry berth in the Netherlands. The berth is operated by private ferry company, TESO.

The units, which enables ships’ engines to idle for seven minutes during each 10 minute boarding process rather than using engines to hold vessels in place, will be used to moor two of TESO’s ferries. With some 6,000 port calls made annually, the technology could significantly improve air quality and make considerable cost savings.

The units are scheduled for delivery at the end of 2013, with testing due to start early 2014.

Cavotec’s MoorMaster units have also been ordered by St Lawrence Seaway Management Cooperation (SLSMC) for installation at a lock in the St Lawrence Seaway in Canada.

The units will be adapted to meet the physical and environmental demands of the Seaway which is the world’s first inland waterway to introduce automated mooring.

Finland’s Cargotec has won an order for the installation of its Kalmar SmartLanes OCR technology solution at Terminal de Vila Velha (TVV) in Espirito Santo, Brazil.

The SmartLanes solution, which consists of an Automated Gate System (AGS), will capture the container numbers, truck license plates, chassis plates and driver identification of all inbound and outbound transactions, ensuring improved security and productivity at the gate.

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