The Port of Helsinki's MoorMaster™ project continues to progress smoothly, with installation of the automated mooring units underway, and commissioning scheduled for April/May 2016.
The Port of Helsinki ordered the six MoorMaster™ MM400 units in 2Q14 for the Länsisatama passenger ferry berth. The units will moor large ferries, up to six times a day, on the Helsinki — Tallinn route.
The introduction of automated mooring at the port is one of a number of initiatives undertaken with the support of the European Union's TEN-T transport infrastructure programme.
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 or pontoons, moor and release vessels in seconds.
To date, some 200 MoorMaster™ units installed at 28 locations worldwide have completed an estimated 142,000 mooring operations at ro/ro, container and bulk handling, and lock applications.