Tuesday, September 3, 2019

New Integrated Technology Designed to Mean Faster and Safer Berthing of Ships

Scandinavian Mooring and Water Environment Specialists Combine Talents
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SWEDEN – DENMARK – Trelleborg's marine and infrastructure operation has announced that it will collaborate with Danish water environment specialist, DHI, enabling marine consultants and port owners to more realistically simulate vessel movements in ports and increase port efficiency.

AutoMoor, Trelleborg’s rope-free automated mooring system which uses smart technologies to enable a faster berthing process and improve safety within the port environment, will be integrated into DHI’s MIKE 21 Mooring Analysis Software (MIKE 21 MA) over a five-year period. The integration should give port operators the ability to analyse the mooring performance of AutoMoor in order to hold a vessel at berth in a given set of environmental and *metocean conditions. Richard Hepworth, President of Trelleborg’s marine and infrastructure operation, said:

“Unlike some mooring analysis software packages which can only model one moveable body alongside a fixed body, MIKE 21 MA models multiple moveable bodies as well as fixed bodies to realistically simulate vessel movements in ports. Most consultancies have to use one or two software packages to create the model environment required for the port application simulation. Therefore, we’re delighted to collaborate with DHI and create this consolidated offering which we’ve no doubt will result in significant improvements in port efficiency.”

According to Trelleborg, the collaboration will mark the first time that analysis models of automated mooring systems have been fully integrated into mooring analysis software that customers of the software can purchase with the models built in. This will allow port operators to analyse AutoMoor independently of Trelleborg and apply it to projects in their own timeframe. Timothy Womersley, Team Lead Development at DHI, said:

“Our collaboration with Trelleborg allows consultancies using DHI’s software to analyse the performance of AutoMoor to help port operators achieve more efficient and safe port operations. To date, there have been few, if any, standalone mooring analysis software packages available that can accurately simulate automated mooring systems for all mooring scenarios such as vessel-at-berth, passing vessel, long period wave and ship-to-ship.”

* Metocean refers to the syllabic abbreviation of meteorology and (physical) oceanography (yes - we had to look it up).