MacGregor boosts cargo carrying efficiency of Hapag-Lloyd vessels

MacGregor boosts cargo carrying efficiency of Hapag-Lloyd vessels

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, is optimising the container stowage systems on board seven Hapag-Lloyd C-class container vessels to deliver enhanced earning potential and reduce emissions per transported cargo unit.

The work is being carried out under a MacGregor Cargo Boost service, which is designed to increase the cargo carrying efficiency of vessels and deliver improved earning potential. The Cargo Boost is part of MacGregor’s PlusPartner concept, which considers all parts of the cargo handling system as a whole.

The Hapag-Lloyd vessel upgrades will deliver greater cargo system flexibility and allow for higher stack weights for 40ft containers. According to MacGregor, this is an area which has been identified as holding some revenue potential.

Magnus Sjöberg, Senior Vice President, Cargo Handling, MacGregor says: “Prior to the contracts, Hapag-Lloyd and MacGregor worked closely to identify the optimum solution for each cargo system and its implementation process. Every MacGregor Cargo Boost upgrade is unique to ensure that it matches a shipowner’s specific needs. However, all are designed to maximise a vessel’s efficiency, deliver a better return on investment for the owner and to reduce emissions per transported cargo unit.”

Lutz-Michael Dyck, Director Technical Fleet Management at Hapag-Lloyd confirms that the shipping company has worked closely with MacGregor on numerous newbuilding projects and upgrades, typically during scheduled dry-dockings. However, these C-class vessels were not able to be taken out of service for any length of time, therefore all work had to be done under tight schedules and completed within a couple of working days. Detailed pre-planning and full-time supervision was given to the vessels during the upgrade work.

In addition to hardware upgrades, MacGregor’s scope of supply includes updating any relevant documentation, coordinating loading computer revisions, project management and full supervision during the modification works on board.

Upgrade work on the first vessels was carried out end of February. The last ship is expected to be upgraded in May 2018.