UASC enlists MacGregor cargo handling
Ultra-large container vessel ‘Barzan’ has been equipped with MacGregor’s cargo handling system, which aims to maximise payload potential and operational efficiency while reducing environmental impact.
Delivered by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries' (HSHI) Mokpo shipyard on 8 May, Barzan is the first in a series of six 18,800 TEU container carriers for United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), designed to set new standards in fuel and energy efficiency.
Barzan's optimised MacGregor cargo handling system comprises hatch covers, a comprehensive lashing system and the Lashmate software programme. The vessel also benefits from MacGregor's support service, including compatibility checks, software and training. A five-year onboard care agreement is included.
"We are increasingly servicing environmentally-aware customers across the globe," said Jørn Hinge, president and chief executive officer, UASC. "We push the boundaries of eco-efficiency standards to ultimately ensure that our customers can achieve higher levels of environmental sustainability."
"MacGregor is striving to elevate the status of the cargo handling system so that it is at the forefront of modern shipbuilding processes," said Tommi Keskilohko, director, MacGregor Customer Solutions for Cargo Handling. "Our work with UASC demonstrates that substantial improvements to a ship and its cargo system design can be achieved with an open dialogue and close co-operation between all parties at a very early stage.
Keskilohko added that personnel at all levels must understand the system for it to be effective. “We supported UASC through a pre-delivery training programme, and training will continue with the vessel in operation,” he said. "To verify the benefits of MacGregor's optimised solution and to maximise the utilisation of the system's potential, we will conduct cargo system performance analysis of the vessel in service.”
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