MacGregor to deliver Hatlapa deck machinery for 11 ULCCs

MacGregor has signed a contract that will extend its deliveries of Hatlapa deck machinery to a growing series of ultra large container carriers (ULCCs) being built at three shipyards across Asia for COSCO Container Lines.

Currently eleven vessels, varying in size between 19,000 and 20,000TEU, are contracted to be fitted with the Hatlapa deck machinery.

Six are being built at Nantong Cosco Kawasaki Shipyard (NACKS), three at Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipyard (SWS), while the most recent confirmation of orders is for two vessels now under construction at Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co (DSIC).

For each vessel MacGregor will deliver the design and key components for shipsets of up to twelve electrically-driven Hatlapa winches. They will have a chain size of up to 137 millimetres and a pull of up to 320kN.

Delivery of the first shipset of deck machinery is scheduled for July 2016 and the final one is planned for delivery at the end of 2017. The vessels will operate between China and Europe.