Cargotec subsidiary MacGregor has won an order to provide loose lashings for German operator Hapag-Lloyd‘s five new 10,500 20ft equivalent unit (teu) container ships, being constructed in South Korea by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries.
The recent order is an extension of a previously received $21m contract, awarded to MacGregor last year, and complements the previous contract, under which the company had the responsibility to deliver its optimised cargo handling system.
The cargo handling system is comprised of hatch covers, lashing bridges, a loose lashing system and container fittings, along with related software and a lifecycle support package.
The new vessels are scheduled to be delivered within next year and will be operational on South American routes.
MacGregor area marketing manager Jens Fuge said: "Loose lashings are the vital ‘hands-on’ component of a container ship’s cargo system, but the key for success is to optimise the whole system as one.
"In this challenging container shipping market there is no room for mediocre container ships designs, maximum cargo density capacity is required to stay profitable."
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Marketed under the name of MacGregor PlusPartner, the MacGregor cargo handling solution for container vessels will enable the owner to get delivered with the most cargo efficient containerships, suited for actual operation conditions.
The solution is comprised of functions, including analytics, services, hardware and lifecycle support, priorly optimised to augment the vessel’s actual cargo carrying capacity.
The current order will entail a training programme for crew and land-based personnel, to be conducted by MacGregor, to help achieve the new vessels’ full cargo carrying capacity.
MacGregor will also assess the vessel’s cargo system performance, following the vessel being operational, and will offer guidance when deemed necessary.
Last year, MacGregor had been contracted by a Brazilian ship owner and builder Grupo CBO to deliver Triplex deck-handling equipment and cranes to four customised Havyard 843 anchor-handling tug supply vessels (AHTS).