Finland-based cargo-handling machinery company Cargotec’s unit MacGregor has won a contract to supply deck handling solutions for polar research vessel Xue Long 2.
According to the contract, MacGregor will deliver a range of deck handling solutions, including research equipment deck handling systems, three offshore cranes, oceanographic winches, deck machinery and hatch covers.
The contract includes providing spare parts and service support to improve the icebreaker’s operational capability.
Xue Long 2 political commissar and chief technologist of newbuild icebreaker engineering department Wang Shuoren said: “Integrated capabilities on safety, reliability and operational support were the main decision-making factors whilst selecting key equipment for this important project.”
This contract is an extension of cooperation that started in 2011 when MacGregor’s project team joined the Xue Long 2 project.
In collaboration with the Polar Research Institute of China (PRIC) project team and Marine Design & Research Institute of China (MARIC), MacGregor developed a range of solutions for the effective operation of deck handling equipment at temperatures of less than 45°C.
MacGregor China head and strategy, marketing and communications vice-president Jane Chen said: “We are very proud to be a part of the Xue Long 2 project and make our contribution to China’s polar research operations and, in so doing, look forward to further extending our collaborative relationship with the PRIC and MARIC.”
Xue Long 2 is a Polar Class 3 vessel, which was collectively designed by Finland-based Aker Arctic Technology and MARIC.
In 2016, the construction of the ship started at the Jiangnan Shipyard owned by the China State Shipbuilding Corporation. It was handed over to PRIC in July.
With a displacement of 13,996t and a navigation capability of 20,000nm, the 122.5m-long and 22.3m-wide ship can cut through the ice while moving forward or backwards.
Currently, the Xue Long 2 project team is working with China’s research stations in Antarctica and South Africa to support scientific operations.