Royal HaskoningDHV and ShoreTension Holding BV have developed innovative simulation software to predict the performance of the ShoreTension® dynamic mooring system for future users.
ShoreTension® is a flexible stand-alone system that keeps the mooring lines of ships under continuous tension, thus keeping them safely moored and allowing optimal loading and unloading of the vessel, even in high winds and waves. Using the simulation software, interested users can discover whether the system will benefit their situation. The simulation software shows the behaviour of a moored ship, taking into account location-specific variables such as port infrastructure, wind and waves.
Terminal operators in Rotterdam which, supported by subsidy made available by the Rotterdam Port Authority, are considering using ShoreTension® can now first have an analysis made of the benefits of purchasing the system for their operations and whether they outweigh the costs of the system.
Gerrit van der Burg, Director Shore Tension Holding BV: “For our company, this has the advantage that we no longer have to carry the system all around the world to show customers what the system does. This results in cost savings. Furthermore, the simulation software makes it possible to model conditions that may not occur during a local test, but which are relevant.”
Cock van der Lem, maritime consultant at Royal HaskoningDHV: “We operate in ports around the world and we know the specific requirements for quays and terminals. It’s important for customers to know whether investment in systems like ShoreTension® are value for money. Our simulation software can help them in their decision.”
The ShoreTension® system is a flexible stand-alone system that keeps the mooring lines of ships under continuous tension, thus keeping them safely moored. Unlike traditional mooring with mooring lines running to bollards, the system counteracts the dynamic effects of strong winds, waves, fast currents and passing vessels, allowing a controlled and limited motion of the connected ship. Thanks to this reduced motion loading and unloading the vessel becomes easier. In addition, the ShoreTension® system prevents the generation of large mooring line forces and the potentially disastrous situation if mooring lines were to break as a result.
Press Release, June 02, 2014