Cavotec’s innovative automated mooring solution MoorMaster™ was a key component in two significant awards this month. The 2011 Western Australia Engineering Excellence Award and Australia Bulk Handling Award 2011 for Best Practice in Occupational Health & Safety both went to Cavotec partners that rely on MoorMaster™ for the safe mooring of vessels.
The awards celebrate the ground breaking technical characteristics and operational benefits of the MoorMaster™ application at the Utah Point iron ore berth at Port Hedland in Western Australia.
MoorMaster™ is a vacuum-based automated mooring technology that eliminates the need for conventional lines. Remote controlled vacuum pads recessed in, or mounted on, the quayside, moor and release vessels in seconds. The technology dramatically improves safety and operational efficiency, and also enables ports to make infrastructure savings. It has performed more than 40,000 mooring operations at ferry, bulk handling, Ro-Ro, container and lock applications around the world.
The technology is also being employed at other bulk handling applications in Western Australia. Earlier this year, Karara Mining ordered 12 MoorMaster™ units, for use at their dedicated bulk handling facility at the Port of Geraldton. Eight such units are also in the final stages of commissioning for Hamersley Iron, a subsidiary of Anglo-Australian mining group Rio Tinto, at the Dampier Fuel Supply Wharf in the Port of Dampier.