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Autodocking system completes testing

The autodocking system is installed on the ferry Folgefonn The autodocking system is installed on the ferry Folgefonn

Tests of a new autodocking system installed on the 83m ferry Folgefonn, owned by Norwegian operator Norled, have been concluded by Wärtsilä, with the vessel successfully completing actual harbour docking trials without the captain needing to take manual control at any stage in the procedure.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The autodocking system is activated some 2,000 metres from the berth, with the vessel continuing at normal transit speed. The technology then performs a gradual slowing, and activates the line-up and docking manoeuvre fully automatically until the ship is secured at the berth.

When the ship is ready to sail again, the system can 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, though manual intervention and control is possible at any time.

Norled has made the Folgefonn available to Wärtsilä for further testing and development of a number of products and systems. Among the Wärtsilä technologies already installed on board are its energy optimisation system, a hybrid propulsion system, wireless inductive battery charging, and energy storage. The ferry can now be operated with automatic wireless charging, automatic vacuum mooring and automated docking.

“We thank Norled for their valued cooperation in this project. These tests represent an important element within Wärtsilä’s overall smart marine vision,” said Roger Holm, president, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.

“Autodocking can become a vital part of our offering to the ferry and other shipping markets, and will further promote our activities in leading the transformation into a new era of high efficiency and profitability for our customers.{/mprestriction}

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