Berthing Aid Systems

We believe that the most succesful installation come through dialogue with the client. Todays technology means that it has become easier to develop systems that are more simple in both operation and installation. The short term advantage is naturally the overall project pricing and in the long term a lower maintenance cost.

Why Berthing Aid Systems pays off

Perhaps it is “old news” but advantage of having a Berthing Aid system remains; For terminals where the berthing operation are not operated by marine pilots equipped with advanced portable piloting units (GPS systems), the terminal still need to ensure that every ship is “landed” at a speed that does not stress fenders or somehow otherwise jeopardise a safe operation. The prolonging of the marine fenders life time or avoiding even a single breakdown in terminal operation, easily pays of the investment in a modern and stable Berthing Aid System.

Every terminal represents its own set of challenges – high tides, high currents, strong winds, limited operation space etc. All depending the operational conditions and the size of the ships, the choice of equipment vary a lot. -With todays technology in mobile devices and communication it is possible to install simple systems equipping the pilot with an iPad solution providing the pilot with detailed information from lasers, weather systems etc. – A system that is somewhat lower in pricing compared with the installation of the traditional large displays that traditionally only provide speed, distance and angle.

Below you will find a couple of possible setups, however and as described the options are many.

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Simple setup

  • 2 lasers
  • 2 speed light trees incl. speed tendency arrows
  • Control room PC incl. DCS integration
  • iPad for the pilot incl. communication module integrated in the carry on case

Advanced Setup

  • 2 lasers
  • Large LED display
  • Control room system rack incl. remote QRH release
  • Control room desk top pc
  • Environemtal monitoring system incl. wind, tide, waves and currents
  • Mooring Load Monitoring
  • iPad for the pilot incl. communication module integrated in the carry on case. System to incl. Carry on Board computer functionality

The above examples represents two levels of complexity and there are many option in between. Far most terminals are well operated with relatively simple solutions, why we also suggest an open dialogue on actual needs before the client work out his specification.


We aim to develop reports with a maximum value with regards to the potential learning from every approach. E.g. comparing landing speed with specific weather conditions, specific ships or ship sizes etc. This learning is necessary in order to be able to adjust the recommended operation speed limits under the different environmental conditions. This approach exceeds the current reporting standards within the supply of modern Berthing Aid Systems.