MacGregor Secures Deck Machinery Orders from Sinopacific
MacGregor has signed a new series of deck machinery orders for 12 vessels with the China-based Sinopacific Shipbuilding Group. This builds on a track-record of contracts that now stands at 150 shipsets of equipment successfully delivered and installed at Sinopacific yards. The orders were booked into the third quarter 2014 order intake.
"These orders demonstrate Sinopacific's confidence and satisfaction with MacGregor equipment and its services," said Francis Wong, Vice President, Segment Sales, MacGregor Offshore.
The latest equipment orders are for two vessel types, anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessels and platform supply vessels (PSVs). They include MacGregor anchor handling/towing winches, shark jaws, towing pins and other deck machinery. Equipment deliveries will commence between January and October 2015.
- Three 61.8m/1,700 dwt PSVs being built to an SPP17A design are destined for Mexican shipping company, Naviera Petrolera Integral S.A. de C.V. Featuring a range of deck machinery equipment from MacGregor, they will be used by PEMEX, Mexico's largest government-owned oil company, in its oil and gas development projects in the Gulf of Mexico.
- Four 64m/60-metric-ton bollard pull AHTS vessels, being built to an SPA60 design for Singaporean company Vallianz Holdings Limited, will serve Middle East, Latin American and Asia Pacific markets. Each shipset will include a 150-metric-ton line pull MacGregor anchor handling/towing winch, 200-metric-ton shark jaws and towing pins and other deck machinery.
- Two 81.75m/4,000 dwt PSVs being built to an SPP35M design for Shenzhen Huawei Offshore Shipping Transport Co Ltd, a subsidiary of Shanghai Salvage Company in China will feature MacGregor deck machinery.
- Three 70.8m/85-metric-ton bollard pull AHTS vessels are being built to an SPA85L design for Shenzhen Huawei Offshore Shipping Transport. Like the two PSVs, these vessels are intended for operation in the South China Sea. They will each be fitted with a 150-metric-ton line pull MacGregor anchor handling/towing winch, 250-metric-ton shark jaws and towing pins and other deck machinery.
"All four ship designs ordered are customized versions of Sinopacific's existing tried and tested offshore support vessel designs," explained Li Zhen, Deputy General Manager for Shanghai Design Associates, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sinopacific Shipbuilding Group. "For example, the main dimensions of SPA85L have been optimized to meet the complex conditions of the South China Seas, and the deck areas have been increased on other designs to focus on the 'supply' aspect of the vessels.
"A key focus for all the vessels is reliability," he said. "MacGregor equipment is well-accepted by shipowners, operators and charterers worldwide. Its quality, reliability and global lifetime support are key factors in the decisions of international fleet operators to choose MacGregor equipment."