Trial Smart Bollard at MSC Terminal Valencia
MSC Terminal Valencia is a terminal dedicated to the handling of containers of Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), which is the largest container shipping company in the world.
At the end of last year we were invited by MSC Terminal Valencia to discuss the replacement of their standard bollards for Smart Bollards to moor their huge container vessels. For the Terminal Operator and Port Authority it is important to know exactly what the loads on the mooring lines are doing, especially in case of bad weather with high waves and storm. 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.
After the successful introduction of the Smart Bollard at port of Rotterdam last year, MSC Terminal Valencia is convinced about its benefits and they placed an order for RSB-150 Smart Bollards as a trial which will be installed in Valencia this summer.