Cargotec secures ro-ro equipment contract

20 Mar 2014
The 80m ice-class ferries will operate in Canada. Photo: Cargotec

The 80m ice-class ferries will operate in Canada. Photo: Cargotec

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, is to design and deliver key components for ro-ro access equipment for two Damen ice-class ro-Pax ferries.

The 80m ferries will leach be equipped with MacGregor bow doors, a bow ramp/door, a stern ramp, shell doors and a hoistable car deck system. They are designed for operation in heavy ice conditions and will be able to carry up to 200 passengers and 60 vehicles.

“We are using our extensive experience of designing and supplying equipment for ferries operating in Canadian waters to support Damen in building ferries that will delivery reliable scheduled services with optimised turnaround times,” said Lars Öberg, sales manager, MacGregor RoRo.

Throughout the project, MacGregor’s ro-ro experts have supported naval architects Fleetway and Knud E Hansen with design input for the cargo access equipment.

MacGregor has already delivered access equipment for a number of ferries in the region, including Grand Manan Adventure for the Province of New Brunswick, Blue Puttees and Highlanders for Marine Atlantic. Other ferries include Northern Expedition for BC Ferries, Coastal Renaissance, Coastal Inspiration and Coastal Celebration for BC Ferries and Grace Sparkes and Hazel McIsaac for Kiewit Offshore.

The investment in these new vessels is part of the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Government’s vessel renewal programme. 

Delivery of the first ferry, which will operate on the Fogo Island and Change Islands service, is scheduled for 2015. The second, which will operate on the Bell Island service, is scheduled for delivery in 2016.

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