MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has received an order worth US$21 million for optimised cargo handling systems for five 10,500 TEU container vessels for German shipping line Hapag-Lloyd.
The ships are under construction at South Korean shipyard Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries.
They are planned for delivery between October, 2016 and May, 2017 and will primarily be deployed on South American routes.
Tommi Keskilohko, Director at MacGregor's Customer Solutions, said: “Cargo system flexibility during loading and unloading operations, in combination with attaining a vessel's actual payload capacity, is crucial for maximising a ship's revenue and long-term profitability.
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“Such efficiency can only be achieved when all parts of a cargo system are designed as one integrated element at an early stage of any newbuiding project, before any restrictive decisions have been made.
“MacGregor is pleased to be working together with Hapag-Lloyd and Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries on this new project. In fact, its relatively tight schedule would not have been feasible without this forward-thinking approach and seamless cooperation between all parties.”
The optimised MacGregor cargo handling system for each new vessel will comprise hatch covers, lashing bridges, a loose lashing system and container fittings, along with related software and a lifecycle support package.