The Smart Bollard is similar to a standard bollard and is permanently installed on quays; however it measures the loads on the mooring lines on the bollard by sensing and translating structural movement caused by the mooring line tension. The actual data will be available for the port authority, terminal operator or the vessel itself. The Smart Bollard can be used for all seagoing vessels, such as container and bulk carriers.
Why a Smart Bollard?
Until now it has not been possible to measure the load on mooring lines. The lack of exact data measured on moored vessels means that ports have to assume maximum mooring loads. For the Port Authority and Terminal Operator it is important to know exactly what the loads on the mooring lines are doing, especially in case of bad weather with high waves, strong currents and gusts. If the loads on the lines are too high, the ropes can break and the ship will detach from the quay which may cause serious accidents. Usage of Smart Bollards can prevent this from happening. It increases safety by giving a real-time overview of the loads of the mooring lines and it provides a better understanding of mooring forces. Through its sophisticated MoorControl software system, clear information is provided to the Terminal Operator, Port Authority and vessel owners due to all the data that is displayed and stored. All this will result in a more efficient use of the port. Especially with vessels getting bigger and more stormy weather it is important to have better insights in mooring loads.
The monitoring and data collection from the Smart Bollards will lead to more efficient port operations, and help to prevent unsafe situations from arising while vessels are moored.