MacGregor auto-mooring system is fast and easy to operate — with less need for human resources. If the ship is on a route where port calls are made several times a day, it is worthwhile considering the installation of an auto-mooring system in the harbour to save time.
The systems offer significant benefits in terms of enhancing the safety in the interface between the ship, shore ramps and the access walkways. The need for mooring ropes is abolished and the port stevedoring capacity needs is reduced. It is remotely operated from the ship, independent of tidal variations and provides an optimised mooring force.
23 berths in Northern Europe are currently using MacGregor auto-mooring units for their ferry operations. A key to the functional superiority of the auto-mooring unit is the fact that the strain angle – the mooring force, is always kept horisontal – reducing the required force to hold the ship, and at the same time keeping the positioning accurately.
Most commonly, particularly on ships without stern ramp and train ferries, are to utilise a king pin function on access ramps and to add an automooring unit for pure transversal hold on the quay. A configuration where a stop fender arrangement is available, allows two units to be installed along the quay, where one unit is radially installed to incur longitudinal strain against the stop fender. For light ships, in particular catamarans with dedicated linkspans, the auto-mooring can be entirely integrated in the linkspan function. The advantages with an automated mooring system are imperative.