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March 25, 2022

MacGregor wins RoRo equipment supply contract for Aurora class vessels

The Aurora class vessels will be constructed by China Merchant Heavy Industries for Höegh Autoliners.

Cargotec’s marine cargo handling business unit, MacGregor, has secured a contract to deliver comprehensive packages of RoRo equipment for four Höegh Autoliners Aurora class pure car and truck carriers (PCTCs).

Under a contract worth more than $15m, MacGregor will provide comprehensive RoRo equipment for the four Aurora class vessels, which will be constructed by China Merchant Heavy Industries (Jiangsu).

MacGregor will be responsible for providing design, supply and installation support for a large stern quarter ramp and door, side ramp and door, and liftable car decks.

Due to the strengthened decks and internal ramp systems, it will be possible for the vessel to carry electric vehicles on all decks.

The patented load monitoring system provided by MacGregor will enhance the ramp’s load capacity, as well as provide more flexibility for heavier project cargo.

MacGregor merchant solutions senior vice-president Magnus Sjöberg said: “Close collaboration with the owner, designer and builder is essential for a project such as the Aurora class to be successful, and we look forward to continuing our work together towards delivery of the first two vessels in 2024.”

The first two vessels are slated to be delivered during the second half of 2024 while the next two are anticipated for delivery in the first half of 2025.

Höegh Autoliners also has an option to order four more vessels.

Owned by China Merchants Industries, Deltamarin is the designer of the Aurora class vessels, which can ship up to 9,100 cars.

Claimed to be the world’s largest and most sustainable car carrier, the Aurora class will feature DNV’s ammonia and methanol ready notation.

Last October, MacGregor received a contract to supply RoRo equipment for eight vessels being built in Asia.

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