Pilbara Ports Authority (PPA) has contracted Cavotec to secure the availability and extend lifetime of its MoorMaster automated vacuum mooring system.
Cavotec installed the MoorMaster system at PPA’s Utah Point iron ore berth at Port Hedland in Western Australia a decade ago.
After a steady growth in annualised portfolio value of service contracts in 2020, Cavotec said the new contact with PAA is just one of a number of new contracts booked in Q1 2021.
Cavotec will maintain and upgrade the MoorMaster system over the coming four years. The modular design of MoorMaster systems allows PPA to continue using the system even as one unit at a time is serviced, thereby maximising availability.
“We are very proud of the renewed confidence of the Pilbara Port Authority to secure the performance of this mission critical system for its operations,” said Patrick Baudin, president of Cavotec Services Division.
“This contract is a perfect example of how we can support our customers throughout our products’ lifetimes with services tailored to their individual needs.”
An iron ore terminal is an extremely challenging environment for all types of equipment and Cavotec’s innovative MoorMaster technology has consistently delivered outstanding performance over the past decade.
PPA installed MoorMaster at the Utah Point Berth in 2010 to handle larger vessels without extending the existing berth. In addition, the system increases safety by removing mooring lines under tension and saves time in mooring – maximising loading times at the tidally constrained berth.
The MoorMaster system is designed for the harsh conditions at the port with large amounts of fine iron ore dust, seven-metre tides, and extreme heat.
MoorMaster eliminates the need for conventional mooring lines by replacing them with automated vacuum pads that moor and release vessels in seconds. Its patent-protected Active Control technology minimises vessel motion, thereby improving port productivity.