A WORLD FIRST!
First Wärtsilä autodocking installation successfully tested with ferry
In recent months, Wärtsilä has successfully tested its autodocking technology with an 83-meter ferry owned by Norwegian operator Norled - a world first! Detail: the ship is also packed with plenty of other, smart technology.
Autodocking take place according to a fixed procedure. While the ship continues sailing at normal speed, the docking system is activated some 2000 metres from the berth. The system then performs a gradual slowing of speed, and activates the line-up and docking manoeuvre fully automatically until the ship is secured at the berth. When the ferry is ready to sail again, the system may be used for the departure procedure in an identical but reverse manner. Full manoeuvring of the vessel, including the steering and propulsion, is automatically controlled by the software. Manual intervention and control is possible at any time, but during the tests the captain did not have to take over the controls once.
The autodocking tests were carried out with the Folgefonn, a ferry owned by Norled.
The autodocking technology delivers notable benefits to operators who, because of it, do not have to stay in the wheelhouse. They can assess the situation from the deck, for example, which improves the safety and reliability of the operations. There is less likelihood of human error; less wear and tear since the thrusters are more efficiently utilised. Autodocking
The Norwegian operator Norled has made the Folgefonn available to Wärtsilä for further development of a number of Smart Marine products and systems. Among the technologies already installed and tested are an energy optimisation system, a hybrid propulsion system, wireless inductive battery charging, and energy storage. The autodocking project is also supported by the Norwegian state-owned company Innovasjon Norge.
Roger Holm, President, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions: ‘We thank Norled for their valued cooperation. These tests represent an important element within Wärtsilä’s overall Smart Marine vision. This excellent cooperation enables Wärtsilä to further expand it activities in leading the transformation into a new era of high efficiency and profitability for our customers.’
“This excellent cooperation enables Wärtsilä to further expand it activities in leading the transformation into a new era of high efficiency and profitability for our customers.”
Sigvald Breivik, Technical Director Norled says: ‘We are pleased to support Wärtsilä’s efforts to create technologies that imiprove savety, reduce operating costs, and lower the environmental impacts. This can only be good for our industry.’
We are on the move, because in 2017 the same Wärtsilä team that carried out autodocking tests, successfully controlled a vessel sailing in the North Sea from its location in San Diego (California). The development of intelligent vessels is central to Wärtsilä’s smart marine ecosystem vision. The sky's the limit!