Terminals may be able to significantly increase operability by targeted use of innovative mooring systems such as ShoreTension® and Cavotec Moormaster™. The ShoreTension® system is flexible stand-alone mooring system providing constant high tension when the environmental loads on the ship reach a critical level, allowing the ship to move out. The ship is then gently hauled back in when the peak-load has passed, all without the need of a constant external energy source. Moormaster™ creates a vacuum between its pad and the ship hull and with an advanced force-feedback control mechanism actively keeps the vessel at the berth eliminating the need for conventional mooring lines.
Our analysis and field observations both show that that the two systems both reduce the motions of the vessel at berth, increase operational limits, increase workability and help to avoid dangerous situations when lines fail e.g. under storm conditions or due passing ships. The systems also reduce the motions under normal conditions allowing for more efficient cargo handling operations.