MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has signed two inspection service agreements with dry bulk shipping operators, ESL Shipping and Wagenborg Shipping, to ensure that any equipment the companies use from MacGregor is in good working order and to help identify any issues that may result in unexpected downtime.
The first agreement is a three-year service agreement with ESL that will see MacGregor inspect the folding hatch covers and K-cranes fitted onboard a barge and a fleet of nine bulk carriers. The agreement is effective from February 1, 2018.
The second agreement, also effective from February 1, is a two-year service agreement with Dutch shipowner and broker, Wagenborg, to inspect hatch covers and winches onboard 19 of its bulk carriers.
John Carnall, Senior Vice President, Global Lifecycle Support, MacGregor says: “Both of these customers are well-known for their advanced approach to technology and modern, environmentally-friendly dry bulk cargo fleets, designed with year-round operative availability in mind. Regular, expert inspections ensure that equipment functions as intended and that wear follows an expected pattern.”
“ESL is an important player in Baltic Sea bulk shipping, securing the transportation of raw materials for industrial and power-generation use throughout the year. This requires its vessels to work hard even under difficult weather conditions. We are delighted to be the company that ESL relies on to carry out the majority of drydocking inspections,” adds Kimmo Huhtala, Branch Manager, Baltic countries, MacGregor. ”
Both agreements stem from new, simplified planned MacGregor service contracts, launched last year. Offered by the MacGregor Global Lifecycle Support division, they are designed to save customers’ money and reduce their maintenance administration burden.