MacGregor conversion expertise secures new order from Stena

Marine Equipment Products and Services, News, Ro-Ro and Passenger Ferries, Ship Conversions, Shipbuilding and Shipyards, Shiprepair, Technical, Underwater Shipping — By on August 27, 2014 at 8:37 AM
MacGregor's conversion team is no stranger to the vessel, originally altering the ferry in 2008.

MacGregor’s conversion team is no stranger to the vessel, originally altering the ferry in 2008.

CARGOTEC CORPORATION, 27 AUGUST 2014 AT 11 AM (EEST) – MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has received a contract from Stena North Sea Ltd to convert the 29, 800gt RoPax ferry Dieppe Seaways to optimise it for its new route between Dublin and Holyhead in Ireland. The order further strengthens MacGregor’s position as the first choice supplier for RoRo conversions and was booked into the second quarter 2014 order intake.

MacGregor’s RoRo conversion team is no stranger to the vessel, which will be renamed Stena Superfast X, originally altering the ferry in 2008 to suit new operations across the English Channel. Its present needs dictate a return to the vessel’s original design.

“MacGregor’s long relationship and close cooperation with Stena RoRo on previous conversion and newbuilding projects secured the order, ” says Stefan Wide, Director of RoRo Conversion & Port Solutions at MacGregor. “It shows that our customers appreciate our ability to provide solutions for their vessels not only at the newbuilding stage, but also when the vessels are in operation.”

MacGregor will supply a complete ‘turnkey’ delivery of RoRo cargo access equipment which includes the design, hardware and installation of bow doors, a bow ramp, a new watertight door and a stern ramp. The installation will be completed in January 2015.

The contract also included a wide range of feasibility studies to verify the interfaces between the onboard ramps and port-side equipment.

“We work closely with customers during all stages of a project to find the best technical and cost-efficient solutions to suit each individual vessel, both on board and at the port interface, ” adds Mr Wide.

MacGregor offers world leading engineering solutions and services for handling marine cargoes and offshore loads. The scope of our integrated packages is growing and now also includes Hatlapa, Porsgrunn, Pusnes and Triplex products.

MacGregor serves the offshore, maritime transportation and naval logistics markets in ports and terminals as well as on board ships and rigs. MacGregor solutions combine load and cargo access, stowage, care and handling functions to optimise lifetime profitability, productivity and environmental sustainability. www.macgregor.com

MacGregor is part of Cargotec. Cargotec’s sales totalled approximately EUR 3.2 billion in 2013 and it employs approximately 11, 000 people. Cargotec’s class B shares are quoted on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki under symbol CGCBV. www.cargotec.com

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