MacGregor has secured a contract to upgrade the container carrying capabilities of 31 Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) vessels from six different ship series.

The upgrade is expected to optimise earning potential and efficiency of the vessels, as well as involves a separate plan for each of the ships.

Work under the new deal will be performed under a MacGregor Cargo Boost service, which is a part of the company’s PlusPartner concept designed to improve the earning potential of the current generation containerships.

Following the completion of the upgrade, the vessels are expected to resume their services by the end of next year.

MacGregorCargo Handling senior vice-president Leif Byström said: “Container vessels are an integral part of the whole transportation value chain, maximising their cargo system flexibility makes optimum use of available cargo space with any given cargo mix. This ensures that the greatest payload can be carried.

“Filling empty slots increases revenue for shipowners and operators and reduces emissions per transported cargo unit.”

“Filling empty slots increases revenue for shipowners and operators and reduces emissions per transported cargo unit.”

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MSC currently operates a fleet of 490 container vessels.

MacGregor Cargo Handling naval architect Atte Virta said: “Each cargo system upgrade has been carefully designed with MSC.

“The vessel type and their service deployment have been considered in detail.

“This ensures optimum cargo system flexibility and efficiency, which maximises the vessels’ earning potential and return on investment.”

Last month, MacGregor secured an order from Bangladesh-based Summit LNG Terminal to carry out fabrication, engineering and project management of a complete subsea mooring and riser system.