Interislander is currently celebrating the 50th anniversary of its ships plying the beautiful Cook Strait between Picton and Wellington in New Zealand. Interislander has a long history of innovation, typified by it being the world's first adopter of Cavotec's innovative automated mooring system MoorMaster™ in 1997.
MoorMaster™ 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, moor and release vessels in seconds.
MoorMaster™ is safer, more efficient and even more environmentally friendly than conventional mooring. In many cases, as in Picton and Wellington, MoorMaster™ customers also find that introducing the technology reduces costly infrastructure investment.
The technology moors ships at Ro-Ro, fuel, bulk and container handling and lock applications worldwide. We are also currently delivering MoorMaster™ units for two exposed container berths on the Mediterranean Sea.
Interislander ordered four ship-based MoorMaster™ units for the KiwiRail Aratere ferry on the Picton – Wellington service in 1997. Interislander went on to test the world’s first berth-mounted MoorMaster™ four years later.
With the introduction of the longer Kaitaki ferry in 2005, two additional MoorMaster™ units installed at Picton avoided the cost of extending the pier by at least 60 metres.
In 2011, following a refit of the Aratere during which the ship was lengthened 30 metres, another two MoorMaster™ units were installed at the rail berth in Wellington. To handle the new, longer Aratere using conventional mooring techniques would have meant extending the berth – a costly process that was avoided by using MoorMaster™.
To mark their anniversary, Interislander has published a commemerative magazine packed with information about the history of the Picton - Wellington service. You can view and download it on Issu here, where you will find a feature about the MoorMaster™ units at Picton and Wellington on page 61.
Our thanks to all our partners and customers with whom we have worked on these projects; and many congratulations to Interislander. Here's to the next 50 years of safely sailing the Cook Strait!