Trelleborg’s Smart Mooring Tech to Boost Finland Port
Trelleborg, a provider of critical applications for port safety and security, has announced that its marine systems operation will supply a rope-free automated mooring system to the Port of Langnas, Finland.
Located on the archipelago province of the Aland Islands, Langnas is a domestic ro-ro hub for ferries travelling between Sweden and Finland.
AutoMoor, a solution developed following multiple customer consultations and a successful trial at the Port of Melbourne, Australia, uses smart technologies to enable a faster berthing process and improve safety within the port environment.
According to a statement, AutoMoor works by using vacuum technology to rapidly attach and secure a vessel at berth, limiting vessel motions and monitoring mooring loads acting on the berthed vessel.
In addition to this, the solution provides port operators with live data, optimizing day-to-day operations for facilities welcoming a large number of ships, as well as minimizing personnel involvement to reduce human error.
Trelleborg has also developed AutoMoor specifically for the use at Langnas, its T40 Twin Arm feature able to operate in sync with port operations or independently to allow the flexible mooring of vessels with a variety of hull profiles.
AutoMoor T40 Twin Arm (Credit: Trelleborg)
Ronny Eriksson, CEO of the Port of Langnas, said: “Through the use of AutoMoor at Langnas, ship operators such as Viking Lines, Tallink-Silja and Finnlines, will be able to manage crew rest periods more efficiently while reducing onboard personnel and operating costs.
“Trelleborg certainly didn’t disappoint with their AutoMoor system, which I’ve no doubt will prove its worth in optimizing mooring operations at the berth moving forward.”
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Richard Hepworth, Business Unit President for Trelleborg’s marine systems operation, also commented: “AutoMoor will minimize downtime by reducing the effects passing ships have on moored vessels.
“When using mooring lines, operators may need to interrupt operations, costing time and money in delayed product transfer.
“Using an automated mooring system to dampen vessel motions and extend the range of conditions in which efficient transfer can take place can have huge implications for efficiency.”
Solutions such as AutoMoor are also intended to help port and terminal facilities improve their performance environmentally, as the fast berthing of vessels will reduce idling times and decrease the operating time of tugboats, thereby cutting emissions.