Macgregor gains massive order to fit Chinese-built bulkers


Macgregor, part of Cargotec, has won an enormous order to supply 60 bulk-versions of its cargo handling cranes to shipyards located across China.

Macgregor managed to secure the deals at the beginning of 2014 and hope to complete all five individual projects within two years.

Included in the order is the instillation of eight GLBE3026.2/2426.2gr Variable frequency drive (VFD)-type marine cranes, spread out across two 37,500 dead weight tonne (dwt) bulkers on order at Yangzhou Gouyo shipyard. Cranes are set to be delivered by the end of the year.

Four 67,000 dwt bulk and log handling vessels are two be equipped with four GLB3629-2/2829gr VFDs each, at the Zheijiang Zhenge shipyard, for Chinese owners.

Delivery is planned to begin at the end of the year.

A repeat contract for two 63,000 dwt bulk carriers on order at Dayang shipyard for a Greek owner, has asked that each vessel be fitted with four GLB3629-2/28.829 electro-hydraulic marine cranes, also scheduled for the end of 2014.

Whilst another Greek customer has ordered two 61,000 dwt bulkers to be built from NACKS shipyard, which sees Macgregor deliver four electro-hydraulic GLB3528-2/2828gr marine cranes for each vessel by mid-2015.

In the largest of the orders, Macgregor will supply four GLBE3026-2/4826gr each, to five 61,000 dwt bulk ships under construction at the Natong Hutai shipyard for a Hong-Kong based company.

Deliveries of the cranes will span from the end of 2014 to the beginning of 2016.

Speaking of the order, Mikael Hagglund, MacGregor crane sales manager said “Our cranes easily meet all the demands of the bulk handling sector, which is one of the most demanding marine environments.”

“With all machinery well protected inside the housing, the cranes are well-prepared for this duty.”

He adds: “Depending on an operator's specific needs and capacity, we can supply a range of options from our well-proven electro-hydraulic version, to our highly-efficient low-energy new-generation VFD electric cranes. For tougher operations we can offer our four-wire K4 heavy-duty grab cranes.”

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