Marine engineering specialists Cavotec has announced it has secured an agreement with a port operator to equip two berths with its innovative MoorMaster automated mooring system.
According to a statement, Cavotec will design, supply and commission the MoortMaster system for the two berths for approximately US$11.68 million, and expects them to be in service by 2020, although it has not revealed which operator placed the order.
The MoorMaster system, according to Cavotec, improves safety and reduces environmental impact, and also substantially increases operational efficiency by cutting mooring times and reducing vessel motion.
A recent Port Technology whitepaper looked at automation in the maritime industry
20 years after it was first installed, it is the only proven and widely used automated mooring technology on the market.
To date, the company says, 280 MoorMaster units have performed an estimated 500,000 moorings at container handling, bulk and ferry ports, as well as locks and ship-to-ship applications worldwide.
In February 2018, PTIO reported on the UN Global Opportunity Report which highlighted the MoorMaster system as an example of technology helping the maritime industry on its journey towards sustainable development.