Finnish manufacturer Cargotec’s MacGregor has secured an order from ESL Shipping to deliver hatch covers, cranes, deck machinery and steering gear to be installed on its two new ice-class vessels.
Under the order, MacGregor will supply a package comprising three K3030-4 mechanical grab cargo cranes with a safe working load of 30t at 30m outreach, design and key components package for multi folding-type hatch covers (6+6), electrically-driven Hatlapa deck machinery and Porsgrunn steering gear.
MacGregor sales manager Anders Berencsy said: "ESL has operated MacGregor cranes and hatch covers for a number of years on several bulkers in its fleet.
"The fact that ESL has returned to MacGregor demonstrates the company’s trust in our equipment and in MacGregor’s ability to deliver the multi-discipline expertise required for complete equipment packages including, Hatlapa deck machinery and Porsgrunn steering gear."
The two new 25,600 deadweight tonnage (dwt) dual-fuelled handysize bulk carriers have a length of 160m and are modelled on the B.Delta26LNG-design developed in collaboration of Deltamarin and ESL Shipping by Sinotrans and CSC Shipbuilding Industry’s Qingshan shipyard in China.
ESL Shipping managing director Mikki Koskinen said: "We wanted to have a highly efficient and reliable cargo handling system on our new buildings, with service and spares close to our operations."
Their design is aligned to the new classification society rules introduced at the beginning of this year.
The first vessel is expected to be delivered next year and the second in 2018.
The vessels will be utilised to ferry raw materials for steel and energy industries in the Gulf of Bothnia and Baltic Sea.
Last month, China’s Cosco Shipyard Group awarded a contract to MacGregor to deliver their Pusnes technology in bow loading and offloading systems, to be incorporated into two cargo transfer vessels (CTV).
Image: An animated impression of the new vessels to be incorporated with MacGregor’s equipments. Photo: courtesy of Deltamarin.