September 19, 2008
MacGregor gets first order for 450 t SWL cranes
A series of ships being built to transport windmills for Suzlon Energy, as well as other cargo. will feature the first 450 tonne SWL MacGregor cranes.
The 167.7 m, 25,000 dwt general cargo/heavy lift ships are being built for Singapore's SE Shipping at the Wenzhou Zhongou shipyard in China.
Cargotec's MacGregor business area has secured a € 32 million contract to providing marine cargo handling and offshore load handling solutions for the first four ships in the series. Delivery of the cargo handling equipment is planned for 2010 and the first ship with new equipment is expected into service at the end of 2010.
MacGREGOR will supply a total cargo handling solution that includes hatch covers and the company's new 450-tonne SWL cranes .
"We were looking for an environmentally friendly, cost efficient and reliable solution to transporting project cargo with focus on servicing the wind energy market with our new ships. Working in close co-operation with MacGregor already at the early stage will ensure that the cargo handling will be functional and most efficient for our needs and demands", says Mr. Gaurav Bansal, CEO of SE Shipping Lines.
"We aren't simply supplying equipment to this customer: we are supplying a total cargo-handling solution. SE Shipping is undergoing an investment program for its fleet, and as part of it MacGregor has spent considerable time working with the customer, with its design consultant, Polarkonsult, and with JKL-Shipbrokers AS of Norway who is acting as brokers for the Owner to develop this concept vessel," says sales manager Svante Lundberg at MacGregor.
"This is an important new contract for MacGregor for a number of reasons, including the fact that this is a new customer for us, and that this order will see the first ever reference for MacGregor's new 450-tonne capacity crane," Lundberg adds.