Carbon neutrality is one of the Port of Helsinki’s key objectives. This means that the Port also guides and helps its cooperation partners to reduce their own emissions. One important step in these efforts has been the commissioning of an automooring system, which, as the name suggests, allows ships to be moored automatically.
When Tallink Megastar passes Pihlajasaari on its way from Tallinn to Helsinki, Captain Vahur Sõstra’s main tool is a tablet. Using his control tablet, the captain confirms that the West Harbour’s automooring system has identified the arriving ship.
After detecting the ship, the automooring system starts preparing for mooring by setting its suction cup-like mooring units to the correct position. The system has dedicated settings for each ship.
The automooring system was commissioned in the West Harbour in March 2017. The aim was to not only increase safety, but to also make mooring and unmooring faster and reduce noise and emissions.
Saving time also benefits the environment, which is particularly important for the Port of Helsinki. Being able to moor, unload, load and unmoor a ship faster at port increases the amount of time that the ship can spend at sea. This, in turn, makes is possible for the ship to cruise at slower speeds out at sea, which saves fuel and reduces emissions.
Emissions are further reduced by the fact that the automooring system allows a ship’s main engine to be shut down slightly earlier when arriving at port and started up closer to departure.
The West Harbour will soon gain even more automooring technology, with the quay used by Eckerö Line scheduled to be outfitted with an automooring system at the turn of 2020 and 2021. Eckerö Line’s M/S Finlandia visits the West Harbour three times a day.
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