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Cavotec MSL wins follow-up MoorMaster™ order from Canada’s St. Lawrence Seaway

Global engineering group, Cavotec MSL, has won a second order for its automated mooring system from the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC).

 A vital trade link between the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean, the Seaway’s use of MoorMaster™ promises to continue cutting vessel transit time and creating a safer environment for those working on board ships and shore-side.

MoorMaster™ is a vacuum-based automated mooring technology that moors vessels in seconds, eliminating the need for conventional mooring lines. The system counteracts vessel surge in port caused by changes in wave dynamics.
While MoorMaster™ was conceived and designed to cope with changes in water level of up to four metres in ports, Cavotec adapted the system for the SLSMC to deal with variations of up to 14 metres. The Seaway is the world’s first inland waterway to contemplate replacing mooring ropes and cables with MoorMaster™.

The SLSMC originally ordered two MoorMaster™ units which underwent testing in 2007 and 2008.  These units have shown promise within the operating environment found at the St. Lawrence Seaway. This new order will see Cavotec deliver two new MoorMaster™ systems, and retrofit the two existing units. Deliveries and installation are set for completion by the end of the summer, when all four units will automate the mooring at Lock 7 on the Welland Canal. Under the deal, Cavotec will also provide commissioning and local training support.

Article Editorial staff Ship&Offshore
Article Editorial staff Ship&Offshore