The Port of Helsinki's MoorMaster project continues to progress smoothly, with installation of the automated mooring units underway, with commissioning scheduled for April or May, 2016.
The Port of Helsinki ordered the six MoorMaster MM400 units in Q2, 2014 for the Länsisatama passenger ferry berth.
The units will moor large ferries, up to six times a day, on the Helsinki — Tallinn route.
The introduction of automated mooring at the port is one of a number of initiatives undertaken with the support of the European Union's TEN-T transport infrastructure programme.
MoorMaster is a vacuum-based automated mooring technology that eliminates the need for conventional mooring lines.
Remote- controlled vacuum pads recessed in, or mounted on the quayside or pontoons, moor and release vessels in seconds.
To date, around 200 MoorMaster units installed at 28 locations worldwide have completed an estimated 142,000 mooring operations at ro ro, container and bulk handling, and lock applications.