Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Mechatronics Systems (MHI-MS) has signed a licensing agreement with China's Jiangsu Masada Heavy Industries for the production and sale of hose-handling cranes and slim deck cranes for container ships.

The agreement follows similar deals signed between MHI-MS and Jiangsu Masada in 2008 and 2012 for bulk carrier deck cranes, and deck machinery and steering gears respectively.

The new deal will allow Jiangsu Masada to further expand its product portfolio, and will eventually help expand the market share for marine machinery developed using MHI technologies in China.

It also includes three series of hose-handling cranes featuring hoisting loads of 10t, 15t, and 20t, which are mainly suitable for use on medium-range (MR) tankers and larger vessels.

"The new deal will allow Jiangsu Masada to further expand its product portfolio, and will eventually help expand the market share for marine machinery developed using MHI technologies."

Additionally, the newly signed agreement features a licence for slim deck cranes for container ships such as the 45t series, which are developed to mount on small container ships to offload containers at piers that lack crane facilities.

The agreement is expected to allow Jiangsu Masada to leverage MHI group technologies to produce and sell four different products, namely deck cranes, steering gears, deck machinery and hose-handling cranes.

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MHI noted that its hose-handling cranes are designed to mount on oceangoing tankers carrying oil and other forms of liquid cargo.

The cranes can also be used to control hoses when connected the land-based transfer hoses via the vessel’s tank.

Jiangsu Masada was initially set up in 2005 as a joint venture between Japanese winch manufacturer Masada Ironworks and China-based industrial machinery manufacturer Nantong Universal Machinery to manufacture marine deck equipment.