Reducing the Effects of Passing Ships

By Richard Hepworth, President of Trelleborg’s marine and infrastructure operation

Throughout the world, ports are continually facing the challenge of maintaining and increasing productivity. Vessel berth utilization and availability are keys that govern product or passenger transfers to occur as effectively as possible. The use of automation in port operations is becoming commonplace, with applications ranging from offshore autonomous ships to onshore fully automated container yards.

There are a number of factors that affect vessel docking and mooring efficiency including vessel size, harbour design, exposure to adverse weather and oceanographic conditions, mooring technology, mooring systems and operation complexity. Automated docking and mooring systems allow for greater control of vessels to combat and overcome these forces. 

Recently, we conducted comprehensive research (led by Trelleborg engineers, Max Foster and Tom Fletcher) to demonstrate how DynaMoor can reduce the effects of passing ships to allow a greater product transfer window. We did this by applying the forces of a passing vessel to a moored vessel and benchmarking DynaMoor against a conventional static mooring line arrangement.

DynaMoor, Trelleborg’s safety focused dynamic mooring solution, actively maintains constant tension in mooring lines to dampen vessel movements. This means DynaMoor can increase port and terminal throughput by allowing operations to continue in a wider range of conditions, while improving safety and reducing operational costs.

To discover the results of our mooring analysis, read ‘Application of Dynamic Mooring System (DynaMoor)’ now: