Cargotec subsidiary, MacGregor has secured a comprehensive deck equipment contract from New Times Shipyard, based in China, for three new 36,500 dwt Laker-class bulk carriers owned by Intership Navigation.
The vessels will be fitted with an optimised MacGregor cargo-handling system comprising cranes and hatch covers as well as Hatlapa steering gear and electrically-driven variable frequency drive (VFD) Hatlapa deck equipment.
Hans Berg, Account Manager for Intership at MacGregor explains: "The MacGregor team supported Intership with its cargo-handling solution development at a very early stage with planning sessions, technical layouts and budget pricing, so that the ship owner could present the new ship concept further to the charterer. As a result of strong support from Intership, MacGregor received the order for full equipment packages from the New Times Shipyard.
"Today's environmental standards and uncertainties in the global economy set new challenges for ship designs," adds Mr Berg. "These new ships will effectively be upgraded versions of Intership's existing Laker-class vessels."
The ships are expected to have a 20 percent reduction in fuel consumption in comparison with existing similarly-classed vessels. This is predominantly achieved through the use of an optimised hull form and propulsion system developed by DNV GL consultancy company, FutureShip.
MacGregor states that its equipment package will also deliver more sustainable operations. The solution consists of hydraulically-operated folding hatch covers, four electro-hydraulic cranes (2 x GLB3628 and 2 x GLB3626), a Hatlapa VFD deck machinery ship set as well as Hatlapa Triton 800 rotary vane steering gear. MacGregor deliveries are planned to start at the end of 2015 and continue into 2016.
Cyprus-based Intership Navigation manages a fleet of more than 80 vessels, mainly made up of dry bulk and break bulk vessels, cement carriers and product tankers. The company's newbuilds will each have six holds and are purpose-built for specific trades and routes.