Construction vessel to have MacGregor AHC cranes

cargotec craneOCTOBER 14, 2013 — Cargotec reports that its MacGregor subsidiary has received an order for two MacGregor active heave-compensated (AHC) offshore cranes from a Turkish shipbuilder.

A 400-tonne MacGregor subsea crane on board North Sea Shipping's North Sea Giant

The cranes are for a new 129 m subsea inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) and construction vessel for a Norwegian owner.

Though Cargotec does not disclose the details, presumably, the vessel is a Skipsteknisk ST-259-design subsea IMR and construction vessel that was ordered at the Tersan Shipyard by Volstad Shipping AS in July for fourth quarter 2015 delivery at a total project cost of $130 million.

A 250-tonne and a 15-tonne MacGregor subsea crane will be installed. The 250-tonne unit will have its winch installed below the working deck and will also feature wire rope integrity software.

"Environmentally-friendly and safe offshore operations are steadily becoming a standard for many operators," says Frode Grovan, MacGregor's Director, Sales and Marketing for Advanced Load Handling. "The MacGregor equipment shares this focus and will be delivered with the added benefit of wire rope integrity software, which enhances operational safety and allows an operator to monitor a wire's wear status and therefore plan for its replacement and even extend its lifespan."

The cranes will enable subsea operations to depths of between 2,600 m and 3,000 m and both will be fitted with a MacGregor Arctic package for safe and efficient operations in cold climates.

Volstad IMR 700