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About Moor Smart

We have never understood why marine vessels, which usually incorporate the latest technology, do not use a more technologically advanced system to find a berth and dock.

Safety First
Manually attaching ropes, in order to ensure a boat stays in place, is a potentially dangerous task for the crew to perform. Read: Young Sailor Loses Her Fight For Life

Environmentally Friendly Cost Savings
The fact that the system is designed to deal with external influences on the boat, as soon as one or more of those influences arise, means more efficiency. For example, if a gust of wind blows, there is a delay before this actually moves the boat. A captain would adjust the power and throttle, after a delay, when the boat is felt to move. However, the Moor Smart sensors and software mean that it reacts to the gust of wind, as soon as it blows, and makes any necessary adjustments to boat operation, at that time, as the displacement, dimensions and other boat information, is in the system, so it can calculate how the boat will behave under any given set of circumstances. This efficient system saves a lot of time and fuel. Given the large quantities of fuel consumed by yachts, what may appear to be a minor saving, on a single day by a single yacht, amounts to a large quantity of fuel, when multiplied by the number of dockings undertaken by a significant number of vessels on an annual basis.

The arms can be used to refuel at current refuelling stations, so, even if the marina does not yet have fuel dispensed at each berth, the current fuel stations can be adapted to allow Moor Smart to operate at the fuel stations. This will mean quicker, cleaner, safer refuelling, with fewer fuel spills at port fuel stations.

Intelligent Docks
The marina boat interface can be intelligent to the extent that it can be programmed to only allow the boat, which has booked and paid for the berth, to dock. Each boat will have a unique code transmitted through one or more of its docking arms to the dock interface. If the incorrect boat docks, a warning will be issued. When the berth booking time (that for which payment has been made) has expired, a reminder will be issued to the boat systems, that it must either make an additional payment to extend the stay or, if the berth has been booked by another boat, then the reminder must be issued for the boat to depart or make alternative docking arrangements within the same marina. The system can be programmed to have demand sensitive pricing.