MacGregor to deliver electric cranes for container vessels

9 January 2013 (Last Updated January 9th, 2013 18:30)

Cargotec unit MacGregor has won an order from Dalian Shipbuilding in China to deliver 16 variable frequency drive (VFD) electric cranes, which will be fitted to four 3,900teu container ships currently being built for Singapore-based Pacific International Lines (PIL).

Cargotec unit MacGregor has won an order from Dalian Shipbuilding in China to deliver 16 variable frequency drive (VFD) electric cranes, which will be fitted to four 3,900teu container ships currently being built for Singapore-based Pacific International Lines (PIL).

Each PIL vessel will be equipped with a four-crane ship set that includes three GLE4827/MLC/2744-2 cranes and one GLE3528.5-2 crane.

The GLE4827 cranes have a safe working load (SWL) of 48t at 27m outreach down to SWL 27t at 44m outreach following a maximum load curve; the GLE3528.5-2 cranes have an SWL of 35t and an outreach of 28.5m.

MacGregor expects to deliver the first ship set by the end of October 2013, while the remaining three are scheduled to be delivered in the first half of 2014.

MacGregor Cranes sales manager Jonas Hägglund said the company’s electric cranes will help to achieve better positioning performance of containers and cargo, resulting in reduced loading/unloading time.

"In comparison to hydraulic equivalents, our VFD cranes offer 30-35% less power consumption, which results in lower running costs and lower environmental impact," Hägglund said.