MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has received an order worth $77 million (USD) for optimized cargo handling systems for five A-14-series and five A-18-series container vessels from Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. in South Korea. The 14,000 TEU and 18,000 TEU ships are built for the United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) and they are scheduled for delivery between 2014 and 2015. The shipyard holds options for an additional five A-14-vessels and one A-18-vessel.
These new series of container ships will feature optimized MacGregor cargo handling solutions designed to maximize cargo carrying capability and operational efficiency. The MacGregor cargo handling system comprises hatch covers, a comprehensive lashing system and product software Lashmate.
"A five-year extended MacGregor Onboard Care (MOC) agreement and a five-year functional guarantee are included in the contract," noted Jari Nieminen Sales Director, MacGregor Dry Cargo. "Over this timeframe, to verify the benefits of this optimized solution and to maximize the utilization of the system's potential, we will conduct cargo system performance analysis and support UASC through a training program, maintenance and spare parts services and advanced logistics for loose lashings. This level of support is developed to allow UASC to focus on its key business."
"Early involvement in a project provides a win-win situation," said Ari Viitanen, Director, MacGregor Customer Solutions. "For these ships, the cargo system has been designed as an integrated element, and as a result, we have been able to maximize the number of payload TEUs onboard, which increases profitability and reduces environmental impact by minimizing emissions per TEU carried."