Cavotec awarded Norwegian AMP contract

  • Cavotec to supply the world’s first combined automated mooring and shore power system to ferry berths in western Norway

Cavotec has been awarded a contract to supply the world’s first combined automated mooring and shore power system.

The port system provider will both engineer and manufacturer its fully integrated MoorMaster automated mooring and Alternative Maritime Power (AMP) electrical supply systems for two Norled frequent-use ferry berths in western Norway, servicing the world's first fully battery powered ferries.

“This project demonstrates Cavotec’s capacity for innovation, and our ability to offer integrated systems that maximise efficiency gains and environmental performance,” said managing director of Cavotec Norge, Sofus Gedde-Dahl.

Both systems will be installed at the Lavik and Oppedal passenger ferry berths, and will be used by the world's first fully battery powered, catamaran-hulled ferry, run by Norwegian ferry operator Norled. The 80-metre long vessel will have capacity for around 120 cars and 360 passengers, and will make 17 daily crossings of the Sognefjord. It is scheduled to enter service in 2015.

The MoorMaster units will be operated by Cavotec hand-held radio remote controls by the ship’s captain from the bridge of the vessel. The mooring system will signal to the AMP unit when the ship is secure, and a laser sensor will then guide the AMP connector to a hatch in the side of the vessel, connect to the ship's battery and start charging.

This order adds to the growing number of MoorMaster applications in Europe, with the technology already in use at ferry terminals in Denmark and a further one in the Netherlands, which is due to enter service next year.

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