• 2019 June 3 16:05

    Wärtsilä offers the world's first commercially available auto-docking system

    The technology group Wärtsilä has taken a notable step towards realising the full commercial potential of autonomous vessels, the company said in its release. Following the latest and most advanced testing of its SmartDock auto-docking system, which included giving industry representatives and customers first-hand experience as passengers onboard the test vessel, the company has secured the first order for the system.

    This makes SmartDock the world's first commercially available auto-docking solution. By automating docking procedures, the Wärtsilä SmartDock system mitigates potential human errors resulting from ship officers having to perform these technical manoeuvres many times a day.

    This is especially important on, for example, larger ferries that must enter and leave tight docking spaces, where significant damage can be caused by forceful collisions with the dock walls. Efficiency and safety is, therefore, considerably increased. The Captain can select the destination and with a simple click of the 'sail' button, the SmartDock system takes over. The ship then leaves the dock, manoeuvres out of the harbour, sails to the next port of call, manoeuvres into the harbour and docks alongside the quay, all without human intervention.

    "The SmartDock solution is the culmination of decades of extensive research and testing by Wärtsilä in automation technology. Our system draws on similar automation and positioning technology used by oil rig support vessels to maintain proximity to the rig in the toughest sea environments. This gives us absolute confidence in SmartDock's ability to meet the urgent commercial need to provide the safest possible docking for commuter ferries," says Joonas Makkonen, Vice President, Voyage Solutions, Wärtsilä.

    The successful sea trials were carried out onboard the 'Folgefonn', an 85 metres long ferry owned by Norwegian operator Norled. The testing also included operating the automatic 180-degree rotational turn of the vessel, as well as Wärtsilä Guidance Marine's CyScan AS with GeoLock technology, a crucial cyber-security enhancing secondary position sensor, which enables the approach to the berth to continue even if the GPS signal is lost.

    Successful advanced testing of the Wärtsilä SmartDock solution was completed over a four-day period, which was followed with a product demonstration to customer groups.

    About Wärtsilä: 

    Wärtsilä is a global leader in smart technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising sustainable innovation, total efficiency and data analytics, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. In 2018, Wärtsilä's net sales totalled EUR 5.2 billion with approximately 19,000 employees. The company has operations in over 200 locations in more than 80 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.




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