MacGregor cargo handling for HL newbuilds

Early planning has enabled a system that will maximise cargo loading and storage efficiency on Hapag-Lloyd's five newbuilds, says MacGregor Early planning has enabled a system that will maximise cargo loading and storage efficiency on Hapag-Lloyd's five newbuilds, says MacGregor

MacGregor is to supply cargo handling systems for five 10,500 teu containerships under construction for Hapag-Lloyd at Hyundai Sambo Heavy Industries, in a deal worth US$21 million.

The system for each vessel will comprise hatch covers, lashing bridges, a loose lashing system and container fittings, along with related software and a lifecycle support package. MacGregor will offer training for crew and land-based personnel, as well as analysing and offering guidance on cargo system performance.

The vessels are planned for delivery between October 2016 and May 2017 and will primarily be deployed on South American routes.

Tommi Keskilohko, director, MacGregor Customer Solutions, said: “Cargo system flexibility during loading and unloading operations, in combination with attaining a vessel's actual payload capacity, is crucial for maximising a ship's revenue and long-term profitability.

“Such efficiency can only be achieved when all parts of a cargo system are designed as one integrated element at an early stage of any newbuiding project, before any restrictive decisions have been made. In fact, [the] relatively tight schedule would not have been feasible without this forward-thinking approach and seamless cooperation between all parties."

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