Following a successful run of deliveries to Bourbon’s Liberty 200 series of AHTS vessels, the offshore services specialist has now placed orders for a further four state-of-the-art MacGregor anchor-handling systems from Cargotec
Cargotec has won a contract to supply four sets of MacGregor anchor-handling systems to a series of anchor-handling tug supply (AHTS) vessels on order at Sinopacific Group in China for major offshore oil and gas services company, Bourbon. The AHTS vessels are based on a SPA80 design, which has been jointly developed by Bourbon and its partner Shanghai Design Associates (SDA). The anchor-handling equipments are scheduled for delivery in 2011.
“The systems employ proven technologies already specified for more than 54 Bourbon Liberty 200 series AHTS vessels, of which 42 ships have been delivered so far,” explains Francis Wong, Cargotec’s sales director for anchor handling solutions. “The safe and efficient AHTS equipment, with state-of-the art technology, has been specially designed and manufactured to meet Bourbon’s operational requirements in continental offshore markets, as well as deepwater offshore fields.
“These orders also mark the successful beginning of Cargotec implementing its integrated marketing strategy of new sales and service products and systems, which will result in equipment maintenance agreements following the entry of these ships into service”, says Francis Wong, Cargotec’s sales director for anchor handling solution
In addition to the Sinopacific contracts, Cargotec is further strengthening its position in the growing Asian market by securing new orders from various shipyards that require integrated solutions for specific ship types. The orders are for MacGregor anchor handling equipment, ranging from 100-tonne to 150-tonne line pull anchor handling/ towing winches, and also include anchor windlasses, tugger winches, capstans, storage reels, telescopic cranes, stern rollers, and shark jaws/towing pins. The MacGregor equipment will be delivered during the second quarter of 2011.
Some of the equipment has been specified for three anchor handling tugs being built at Sapor Shipbuilding Industries, in Malaysia. Other anchor handling equipment is destined for a 45m anchor handling offshore support tug being built at GMG International Shipbuilding & Trading Co, Ltd, in China, and for a 60m anchor handling offshore support vessel being built at Chinese yard, Fujian Crown Ocean Shipbuilding Industry Co. Equipment for the latter two vessels will be delivered during the first quarter of 2011.
With its global service organisation, Cargotec offers integrated service solutions to marine and offshore operators. MacGregor Onboard Care service agreements offer ship operators sustainable ship operations and revenue-earning capabilities by ensuring that equipment works when it is needed through flexible planned maintenance.
Cargotec supplies a full range of advanced subsea load handling equipment, including active heave-compensated offshore cranes, fibre rope handling system for ultra deepwater operations, ROV/T launch and recovery and module handling systems, sophisticated deck handling and rescue equipment, and advanced anchor handling and winch systems.
Cargotec improves the efficiency of cargo flows on land and at sea – wherever cargo is on the move. Cargotec’s daughter brands, Hiab, Kalmar and MacGregor are recognised leaders in cargo and load handling solutions around the world. Cargotec’s global network is positioned close to customers and offers extensive services that ensure the continuous, reliable and sustainable performance of equipment. Cargotec’s sales totalled EUR 2.6 billion in 2009 and it employs approximately 9,500 people.
MacGregor is the global market-leading brand in marine cargo handling and offshore load-handling solutions. Customer-driven MacGregor engineering and service solutions for the maritime transportation industry, and the offshore load-handling and naval logistics markets are used onboard merchant ships, offshore support vessels, and in ports and terminals.
Source: Cargotec,July 8, 2010;