Salalah in Major Automated Mooring Order


Cavotec has won important MoorMaster™ automated mooring orders from existing MoorMaster™ customer, the Port of Salalah in Oman, for use at two container berths.

Cavotec is to supply 16 MoorMaster™ MM400E15 units for container berths 3 and 4 at Salalah. A three-year maintenance contract has also been signed – a renewal of an existing agreement – which will see Cavotec onsite service teams working closely with the port to provide support at all five MoorMaster™ berths.

Juergen Strommer, COO, EMEA at Cavotec, said: “MoorMaster™ generates the safety and operational gains that are so critical to today’s port applications – this is especially true of container handling operations such as those at the Port of Salalah.”

MoorMaster™ units were first trialled at Salalah in 2006, and the technology was then introduced at berths 1 and 5. The technology has successfully reduced excessive vessel motion, common to the port, caused in part by “long waves” that are especially pronounced during the Khareef monsoon season.

Video: MoorMaster™ automated mooring at the St. Lawrence Seaway

Joe Schofield, COO at the Port of Salalah said: “We’re delighted to continue our work with Cavotec – helping to improve safety and optimise operations with MoorMaster™.”

The new units – eight each at berths 3 and 4 – are scheduled for installation before the 2017 Khareef season. Earlier this year, and prior to the 2016 Khareef season, eight MM400E15units were installed at berth 6. These units have met all operational requirements even during the most severe periods of long wave activity.

The system 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.

The system dramatically improves safety and operational efficiency, and in many cases enables ports to make considerable infrastructure savings.

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