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MacGregor awarded contract for equipment on dual-fuelled LNG bulk carriers

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MacGregor – a part of Cargotec – has announced that it has received an order from Finnish owner, ESL Shipping. The order is for hatch covers, cranes, deck machinery and steering gear, which will be installed on two new, 160 m long, 25 600 dwt, LNG dual-fuelled, handysize bulk carriers. The vessels are ice class, and are built to the latest classification society rules introduced in January 2016.

Specifically, MacGregor will provide the following for each vessel:

  • Three K3030-4 mechanical grab cargo cranes with a safe working load of 30 t at 30 m outreach.
  • Design and key components package for multi folding type hatch covers.
  • Electrically-driven Hatlapa deck machinery.
  • Porsgrunn steering gear.

The Sales Manager at MacGregor, Anders Berencsy, said: “These are exciting new bulk carriers and we are happy that our customer choose MacGregor to supply the extensive equipment package for the vessels.

"ESL has operated MacGregor cranes and hatch covers for a number of years on several bulkers in its fleet. The fact that ESL has returned to MacGregor demonstrates the company's trust in our equipment and in MacGregor's ability to deliver the multi-discipline expertise required for complete equipment packages including Hatlapa deck machinery and Porsgrunn steering gear."

The Managing Director of ESL Shipping, Mikki Koskinen, said: “We wanted to have a highly efficient and reliable cargo handling system on our new-buildings, with service and spares close to our operations.

"The extended commissioning service that MacGregor is able to provide, was also an important factor in securing the contracts."

The first vessel is scheduled for delivery in late 2017, whilst the second vessel is scheduled for delivery in early 2018. Mainly, they will transport raw materials for the steel industry and the energy industry in the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Bothnia.

Edited from press release by David Rowlands

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