Vessel monitoring

About Vessel movement Monitoring

As international trade increases, container vessels moving goods around get bigger. This leads to greater strain on port and terminal infrastructure. As it is not always possible to adapt the port infrastructure, it becomes increasingly important to monitor the interaction of the vessel with the port infrastructure to prevent accidents and operational downtime.

Especially, the mooring and berthing processes are being stretched to their maximum. Monster vessels exert immense forces on mooring lines and bollards, as they move. Especially surge movements, where the ship goes forward and backward, put a lot of strain on mooring infrastructure. Those surge movements are unpredictable and depend on many factors, such as:

  • Environmental Forces: Wind, Wave, Current
  • Passing Vessel Loads
  • Terminal Configuration
  • Vessel Characteristics Hydrodynamics such as type of cargo good and its arrangement within the ship
  • Exploitation factors

Attempts to gain relevant insights through modelling have been largely unsuccessful, as differences between berthing  pockets are too big and too diverse. This leads to the need of permanent monitoring of each individual vessel, to provide port and terminal stakeholders with accurate real-time data, or better still, predictions of upcoming surge movements.

Obtaining accurate vessel movement data has the following benefits:

For Ports:

  • Safer vessel movements
  • Less interference between passing and moored vessels
  • Real-time alerts in case of high-risk incidents: broken mooring lines, drifting vessels, extreme wind gusts
  • Optimal use of port infrastructure

For  Terminals:

  • Safer loading operations through continuous monitoring
  • Increased personnel safety
  • More efficient use of cranes and terminal infrastructure
  • Better loss prevention systems and policies
  • Objective data in case of near misses and incidents

Tackling the monitoring issue has been quite a challenge too. Although it may seem trivial to define with precision whether a 400-meter vessel has moved and when, there are many pitfalls along the road.

The requirement that is hardest to fulfil is uninterrupted monitoring. Any solution that fails during even short periods has to be disregarded, as accidents may happen at any moment.

A first constraint to avoiding interruptions, is the weather. Mist and rain do interfere with optical solutions such as camera and laser technologies. This is especially problematic as bad weather often goes together with increased vessel surge.

The port infrastructure itself disqualifies GPS measurements as a solution for surge monitoring. GPS unit readings are disturbed by the closeness of the large Ship to Shore (STS) cranes. Although those interruptions are usually of short duration, they tend to be frequent, making this technology obsolete for vessel movement monitoring.

Last but not least, any surge monitoring solution needs to be practical and economically viable. Port infrastructure is expensive and extensive. This means that making big infrastructural changes is both costly and may interfere with existing procedures.

Furthermore, the technology needs to operate 100% from the shore, to avoid the need of boarding the ship. To have port or terminal personnel board the ship requires advanced planning and bureaucratic procedures, which would create a lot of overhead.


Your Solution

MoraSense offers a solution to monitor vessel movements during berthing and moored cargo transfer operations. To achieve this, we have developed a methodology based on industrial grade sensors.

Our Smart Technology consists of low-energy computing devices, industrial grade sensors, 4G/5G communications, an Internet of Things (IOT) platform, digital twin models, edge computing and open API support.

Your MoraSense solution offers the following benefits:
  • provide an accuracy of 10cm or better
  • monitor 24/7 in an industrial environment
  • provide real-time results
  • does not require equipment to be on board the vessel
    operate without external electrical power
  • causes no interference to systems and infrastructure
  • can be installed by a single person
  • operates without human intervention
  • works in all weather conditions
  • can be installed on any quay wall
  • requires no cables
  • remains affordable for large container terminals
Furthermore you get:
  • wireless measurement data and video transfer on a digital twin or dedicated graphical dashboard
  • possibility to program thresholds and inform port operations and cargo handling personnel
  • identify passing ships and their dynamics which may influence moored vessel movements
  • the sensor module provides insight about the behavior of moored vessels and helps predict, and hence avoid, dangerous situations.

We are proud to be the first company to robustly tackle the moving vessel monitoring issue and will be delighted in helping you increase port and terminal safety with our technology.

Don’t hesitate to try our solution or talk to us about your specific needs.

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