Apr 5, 2023 | Ship's deck & cargo news

Cargotec company MacGregor reports a significant repeat order with a total value of more than €20m for comprehensive packages of ro-ro equipment for a total of five Pure Car and Truck Carriers (PCTC) vessels.

The vessels will be built at China Merchant Heavy Industries for Grimaldi Group. This deal will extend MacGregor’s supply of ro-ro equipment from five to 10 of Grimaldi’s new PCTC vessels. The vessels are scheduled to be delivered to the shipowner between the third quarter of 2024 and the third quarter of 2026.

MacGregor’s scope of supply encompasses design, supply and installation support of ro-ro  and car deck equipment to all of the five ordered vessels. The equipment includes quarter stern ramps, internal ramps, covers and doors, both liftable and electrical hoisted car decks. MacGregor’s equipment is designed for multi-purpose use with a high level of flexibility.

The vessels have a loading capacity of over 9,000 CEU and have been designed to transport electric vehicles. The vessels have received the Ammonia Ready class notation by RINA, which certifies that the ships have been designed and will be built to be later converted to use ammonia as marine fuel. The vessels will be equipped with large lithium batteries, solar panels and shore connection, which will allow them to achieve zero emissions in port. Among other technical innovations are the air lubrication system, an innovative propulsion and optimised hull design, which aims to reduce the carbon footprint.

Emanuele Grimaldi, MD Grimaldi Group said: “With our recent orders for the construction of new PCTC vessels, our group has reaffirmed its commitment to its customers, especially the world’s leading car manufacturers who continue to reward us with their trust. In this way, we will continue to live up to their high expectations and meet their evolving needs, with our offer of increasingly efficient and environmentally sustainable shipping solutions.”

Magnus Sjöberg, SVP Merchant Solutions, MacGregor, said: “I’m proud to see shipowner’s and shipyard’s  continued strong trust in the MacGregor brand and our long experience and great track-record  with ro-ro solutions. We very much value the solid relationship that we have with both China Merchant Heavy Industries and Grimaldi Group. MacGregor supported Grimaldi already in the planning stage by finding cost savings and giving technical guidance for optimised cargo flow. We are extremely committed to maintaining this trust in future.”

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