Estonian port invests in automated mooring

Berth 13 Trelleborg will install six units of its AutoMoor T40 Twin Arm at the Old City Harbour’s Berth 13 cruise ferry wharf at the Port of Tallinn. Image: Trelleborg

A port in Estonia has ordered a rope-free automated mooring system to facilitate faster berthing processes and improve safety.

In the first quarter of 2020, Trelleborg will install six units of its AutoMoor T40 Twin Arm at the Old City Harbour’s Berth 13 cruise ferry wharf at the Port of Tallinn.

Using vacuum technology to rapidly attach to and secure a vessel at berth, AutoMoor reduces vessel motions and continuously monitors all mooring loads acting on the vessel at berth. This provides live data to the operator to optimise day-to-day port and terminal operations. It also minimises personnel involvement to reduce human error and improve safety.

Peeter Nogu, chief infrastructure development officer at the Port of Tallinn, said: “Berth 13 will service large cruise ferries from Finnish shipping companies including Viking Line and Eckero Line, on the Tallinn to Helsinki route across the Gulf of Finland, our busiest route.

“As a result, it was vital that we upgraded the berth to ensure a high vessel throughput. With that in mind, it was essential that the upgrade saw the adoption of automated mooring systems to facilitate quick, safe and reliable mooring operations.”

Flexible mooring

Trelleborg’s AutoMoor T40 Twin Arm has two mooring arms that can operate in synch or independently to provide flexible mooring of vessels with varying hull profiles, enabling ports to accept a greater range of vessel types. The compact AutoMoor T40 Twin Arm also enables installation in limited spaces including between gantry rails and the wharf edge.

Cavotec will also design, supply, commission and service two multi-unit MoorMaster automated mooring systems at the port.

Multiple AutoMoor units are due to be installed across two berths at the Port of Langnas in Finland.

By Rebecca Jeffrey

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