MacGregor, part of cargo handling solutions provider Cargotec, has won an order to provide offshore cranes and a Triplex handling system for a 14,300 gross tonnage (gt) polar research vessel being built for the Polar Research Institute of China (PRIC).

Designed by Aker Arctic Finland, the 122.5m multi-functional icebreaker can handle ice of up to 1.5m thickness, at a continuous icebreaking speed of two to three knots.

When completed, the vessel will have an endurance capacity of 20,000 nautical miles, and can accommodate 90 persons.

"MacGregor products have a proven track record of performance in extreme environments, which makes them ideal for this type of vessel."

Deliveries of MacGregor equipments are scheduled to be completed by the end of next year.

The new vessel will join PRIC’s existing icebreaker, Xue Long, which operates in research stations in the Arctic and Antarctic.

MacGregor offshore deck machinery shiptype group sales manager William Storvik said: "MacGregor products have a proven track record of performance in extreme environments, which makes them ideal for this type of vessel.

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"Our combined expertise also ensures good value and performance for the customer and smoothes operations by reducing the number of suppliers that the shipyard and the owner have to deal with."

The vessel, which will be able to cruise for 60 days without re-supply, will feature two MacGregor offshore cranes including a 50t SWL telescopic crane with a 15m outreach and a 24t SWL knuckle jib crane with a 12m outreach.

It will also be equipped with a MacGregor Triplex 6t SWL telescopic / knuckle jib crane with a 17m outreach and a handling system specially designed for research equipment.

The handling system includes a 30t SWL stern-mounted A-frame; a 5t SWL multi-functional launch-and-recovery overhead crane for conductivity, temperature and depth (CTD) oceanographic instrumentation.

The system also has a piston coring system that includes an 8t SWL corer pipe handler, a 23m corer pipe cradle and a 25t SWL side-mounted A-frame.

All MacGregor equipment, except the cranes, to be installed on the icebreaker will be powered by a common central hydraulic system driven by one hydraulic power unit.

Established in 1989, PRIC is a public welfare institution reporting to China’s State Oceanic Administration.

Image: The new polar research vessel will be equipped with MacGregor offshore cranes and Triplex systems. Photo: courtesy of Cargotec.