MacGregor secures US$50m of orders

27 Jun 2014
MacGregor believes it is time to think differently, overturning the long-held assumption that cargo profile, cargo handling and cargo securing are considered only at the end of the main ship design process

MacGregor believes it is time to think differently, overturning the long-held assumption that cargo profile, cargo handling and cargo securing are considered only at the end of the main ship design process

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, is to supply its further high efficiency cargo handling solutions for Hyundai Heavy Industries, as part of a contract worth US$50m.

All the container ships will feature optimised MacGregor cargo handling solutions designed to maximise their cargo carrying capability and operational efficiency. The system comprises hatch covers, a comprehensive lashing system and the product software, Lashmate.

"To meet our customer's exact requirements and to maximise the vessels' efficiency and earning potential, MacGregor's specialist solutions business model has been applied to this order. This approach secures our early involvement in the ship specification phase, which is essential from the cargo system productivity point of view,” said Ari Viitanen, director, MacGregor customer solutions.

"The advantages offered by our solutions approach are not limited to new building projects; they can also be delivered through retrofit projects for existing individual vessels or fleets,” he added.

A five-year extended MacGregor Onboard Care (MOC) agreement and a five-year operation guarantee are included in the contract.

This latest contract stems for the United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) exercising its options for six more A-14-series and one more A-18-series container vessels from the yard. This takes the total number of 14,500 teu container ships to 11 and 18,000 teu container ships to six.

The original order, announced in November 2013, saw UASC order five A-14-series and five A-18-series container vessels. The vessels are on a rolling schedule of deliveries that starts this year and continues into 2016.

A five-year extended MacGregor Onboard Care (MOC) agreement and a five-year operation guarantee are included in the contract.

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