Sweden’s first Cavotec MoorMaster NxG vacuum mooring system officially entered service recently.
Cavotec said this equipment paves the way for significant safety, operational and sustainability gains.
The system, fitted at Port of Kapellskär, part of the Ports of Stockholm group, is now being used by Finnlines’ new large ropax, ‘Finnsirius’, which operates between Kapellskär, Långnäs and Naantali (Finland).
MoorMaster moors and releases the vessel in less than 30 and 15 secs, respectively.
The system eliminates the need to handle hazardous mooring lines, by utilising automated vacuum pads that moor and release vessels in seconds at the push of a button.
“[The] vacuum technology improves sustainability by providing a safer working environment and reduced environmental impact,” said Johan Wallén, Ports of Stockholm CCO.
Using MoorMaster enables ships engines’ to be shut off sooner after arrival in port, resulting in significant fuel savings and reduced NOx and CO2 emissions and noise reductions – benefits that are increased further with connection to shore power using Cavotec’s PowerReach solution, which has also been installed at Kapellskär.
The joint MoorMaster NxG and PowerReach application provides an example of how ports and shipping lines are able to make their operations safer, more efficient and more sustainable, Cavotec said.