In the maritime industry, time spent in ports stands as a pivotal cost factor. Enter the game-changing Vacuum Mooring System, armed with vacuum pumps that dramatically slashes both time and expenses.
The Arduous Traditional Approach
Historically, docking large container ships at piers demanded a laborious 1.5 hours or more. Enter the ‘mooring team’, a group of assistants risking their safety as they navigated hefty tow ropes amidst colossal tension between the cargo ship and the shore. In many instances, tugboats were essential to tow gargantuan vessels to the pier.
This process, laden with peril, intricacy, and exorbitance, persisted despite technological strides in mooring systems. Should loading and unloading not be feasible, pilots would find themselves marooned.
A Visionary Solution: Vacuum Suction Power
In a bid to revolutionize vessel mooring for enhanced safety, speed, cost-efficiency, and simplicity, engineers from a global engineering company conceived an ingenious notion. It entailed employing colossal suction cups for attachment to the ship’s hull, followed by seamless movement to the pier. This groundbreaking technology took its inaugural plunge in New Zealand’s waters back in 1998. Subsequently, it has found a home in an increasing number of ports worldwide.
Unravelling the Vacuum Mooring System
Comprising hydraulic extendable vacuum pads stationed on the pier, this system is the fulcrum of the mooring transformation. These pads link up with the vessel’s hull and, empowered by vacuum pumps, instantaneously engender formidable vacuum pressure, boasting an impressive 20-ton suction force. Astoundingly, the system adeptly latches onto mammoth cargo ships, weighing up to a staggering 450,000 tons, securely fastening them to the pier.
The deployment of this system culminates in a mere 30-second mooring process. Gone are the days of grappling with ship engines or tugboats. By extension, fuel consumption plummets, as does port emissions. The detachment procedure, marvelously, wraps up within a mere 10 seconds.
Seals of Assurance: The Neoprene Advantage
The malleable neoprene rubber suction cups work in concert, fashioning a steadfast seal on the ship’s surface. They remain impervious to corrosion, welding fissures, or deformation. Upon contact with the vessel’s hull, the vacuum pump promptly begets an environment of potent suction.
Moreover, the vacuum reserves exhibit exceptional safety. As vessels rest in port, they maintain not only safety but also a prudent distance from the pier, a boon in safeguarding the ship’s hull and the pier’s protective barriers. The vacuum device’s control system serves as the vigilant sentinel, monitoring the real-time movement status of the vessel and counterbalancing any motion through an intricate hydraulic system.
Solo Operability and Remote Mastery
The operation of this system is singularly managed, requiring the expertise of only one individual. With the aid of a remote control system, this very person could assume the mantle of the moored vessel’s captain. This streamlined approach adds an extra layer of efficiency and safety to the entire mooring process.
Connected Intelligence: Real-Time Monitoring for Enhanced Reliability
Every vacuum mooring system is primed for connectivity to the internet, endowing the operating company with the ability to conduct real-time surveillance and promptly detect any potential anomalies.