MacGregor’s new loose lashings storage system offers improved capacity and better use of deck space

Marine Equipment Products and Services, Technical, Technology — By on August 18, 2015 at 1:39 PM
MacGregor's new 40ft flat rack system offers improved storage capacity

MacGregor’s new 40ft flat rack system offers improved storage capacity

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has developed a new 40ft flat rack loose lashings storage system that is designed to make better use of available deck space.

“An overall trend for twistlocks, stackers and midlocks is their weight reduction, ” explains Perttu Jokinen, Lashing Portfolio Manager, Cargo Stowage and Securing Systems, MacGregor. “This can often lead to the maximum volume of a storage bin being reached before its maximum payload. Therefore, we have looked carefully at capacity in terms of volume when designing our new storage bins and flat racks.”

MacGregor’s new flat rack system meets ISO standards and can accommodate a total of 16 storage bins that are colour-coded for twistlocks, midlocks, stackers and damaged products. Two flat racks stacked on top of each other and connected with twistlocks are the equivalent dimensions of a high cube container (9’6″, 2896mm). Flat rack is operated as a standard container and other containers can be loaded on top of it. As usual for flat racks, it should only be lifted from the top corner fittings with a spreader lifting frame or from the bottom corner fittings with suitable lifting gear.

The new flat rack has been approved by classification society DNVGL according to the requirements of the International Convention for Safe Containers (CSC). When empty, the flat rack’s weight is 2, 500kg, and it has a maximum payload of 32, 000kg.

The bins come in two different sizes with basic dimensions corresponding to MacGregor’s previous SB-8/1 and E16M storage bins.

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.

MacGregor is part of Cargotec. Cargotec’s sales totalled approximately EUR 3.4 billion in 2014 and it employs approximately 11, 000 people. Cargotec’s class B shares are quoted on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd under symbol CGCBV.

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