The Swedish Port of Kapellskär now offers automooring using vacuum pads, as well as next generation onshore power connections.

As the Port said in a statement, mid-September was the premier of Sweden’s first automooring of a vessel using vacuum technology. The brand new Finnlines vessel, M/S Finnsirius, which operates on the Kapellskär – Långnäs – Naantali route, now docks using vacuum pads. The pads can dock and undock the vessel in less than 30 and 15 seconds, respectively.

According to the Port, automooring with vacuum technology eliminates the risk of injury, as it is work handling conventional mooring lines, that carries the greatest injury risk during a vessel call.

Operative efficiency is also improved as the mooring time is reduced. The vessels engines can be stopped earlier, which leads to a significant fuel saving and reduced NOx and CO2 emissions, especially when combined with connection to onshore power, the Port adds.


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"Together with Finnlines, we have planned and updated Port of Kapellskär with brand new technology before the brand new Finnlines vessel arrived. Automooring using vacuum technology improves sustainability by providing a safer working environment and reduced environmental impact", said Johan Wallén, Chief Commercial Officer at Ports of Stockholm.

M/S Finnsirius also connects to onshore power at Port of Kapellskär using a next generation crane, a PowerReach NxG. A lot of power can be transferred using this system. The voltage capacity is 11,000 volts, or 11kV, which delivers power of up to 4 MVA. This is the combined electricity consumption equivalent of 1,000 households, the Port claims.

Source: Safety4sea


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