Cavotec Group and Wärtsilä have announced a joint venture to develop a marine wireless charging and mooring concept.
Wärtsilä has developed a wireless charging system based on inductive power transfer.
The technology expects to improve safety and operational efficiency, as well as enabling ports to save on infrastructure.
Ottonel Popesco, CEO of Cavotec Group, said: “Cavotec is well-known for its innovative approach to engineering and we are a leader in the field of automated mooring and alternative maritime power supply systems.
“This is an exciting project and we are delighted to be partnering with Wärtsilä to make shipping cleaner, safer, and easier.
“The envisioned integrated wireless charging and mooring system will further the marine industries environmental profile.”
Wireless charging provides an alternative to the cable connection between the vessel and shore, securing and facilitating safe connections.
It also reduces maintenance since wear and tear to physical connection lines is eliminated.
Peter Rogers, Director of Power Products at Wärtislä Marine Solutions, said: “During recent years, wireless charging has been introduced for cars, busses and trains.
“Wärtsilä has now made this possible for marine vessels. This agreement with Cavotec will enable this technology to be delivered as an integrated charging and mooring system.”
Fact File: Cavotec provides automated mooring systems for various types of vessels, as well as shore power and reel systems.