ShoreTension system trials to start next week
Napier Port has invested significantly in new mooring technology to better improve operational efficiency and safety on our wharves and for our people. Alongside our newly installed MoorMaster vacuum mooring system on Te Whiti (6 Wharf), we have six ShoreTension hydraulic units ready to be installed on wharves 1, 2, 4 and 5. We’re excited to get started with our 1 Wharf installation this month.
Why are we upgrading to ShoreTension units?
Traditionally, shore lines are used to keep vessels safely moored at a berth during high swell and weather events. During these conditions, moored vessels tend to move (sway or surge) at a berth – basically the larger the vessel the more the movement. In very rough conditions larger vessels are often unable to be safely moored until calmer conditions resume, which means less productivity.
ShoreTension units are automated and able to generate and maintain a constant tension on the mooring lines. This means that high peak loads in the lines are managed safely, and the units are able to reduce unwanted vessel movements at a berth. Additionally, compared to shore lines, the ShoreTension units require less time to set up, less manual handling and less equipment/vehicles to deploy the mooring lines. Safer and faster mooring is great for our mooring team, and also means a boost to productivity for our customers.
1 Wharf Trial
New bollards have recently been installed on 1 Wharf as part of the ShoreTension set-up (as indicated in the images below). Two ShoreTension units will be installed next week, with a ShoreTension operator on port to supervise the install process and provide systems training to the mooring team. Concrete blocks and fencing will be installed alongside the new units to create a physical barrier and safe zone for people working on the wharf, as well as protect the units from falling logs.
Western End of 1 Wharf
Eastern End of 1 Wharf
We will be in touch directly with port users soon to further discuss the above changes and work together to finalise the layout and operational set-up for 1 Wharf. We expect to trial the new ShoreTension units on a log vessel next week, with the exact details to be confirmed.
Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we install this new infrastructure at Napier Port. We look forward to installing all six ShoreTension units across our wharves 1, 2, 4 and 5 in due course.
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