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MacGregor and ESL Shipping reach agreement

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MacGregor has announced that it has reached an agreement with ESL Shipping Oy to jointly develop and test an autonomous discharging feature on MacGregor bulk handling cranes.

MacGregor is part of Cargotec, whilst ESL Shipping Oy is part of Aspo Plc. The cranes will be fitted on ESL Shipping’s two new LNG-powered handysize bulk carriers.

Leif Byström, Senior Vice President, Cargo Handling at MacGregor, said: “Autonomous crane operation improves efficiency and safety.

"Discharging operations can be monitored and controlled from the bridge and therefore eliminate the need for personnel in hazardous operational areas."

Mikki Koskinen, Managing Director at ESL Shipping Oy, added: “Our new environmental friendly LNG-fuelled ships will be operated in very demanding trade with high number of voyages, port calls and crane operation hours annually. Autonomous operation will further increase our competitiveness and offer our clients unforeseen efficiency and safety.”

Byström added: “We are very excited about collaborating with ESL on this development project.

"By combining the expertise of a forward-thinking shipowner and operator with our expertise in intelligent cargo handling, we can reduce unnecessary waste in the value chain and therefore develop safer and more efficient solutions for unloading bulk cargoes."

The vessels are scheduled to commence service in 2Q18, when automation testing will begin.

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