RoRo equipment contract for Damen is supported by MacGregor’s extensive experience with Canadian ferry services
CARGOTEC CORPORATION, 19 MARCH 2014 AT 10 AM (EET)
MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has secured a contract from Dutch shipbuilding group, Damen Shipyards, for the design and delivery of key components for RoRo access equipment for two 80m ice-class RoPax ferries destined to operate in Canada. The investment in these new vessels is part of the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Government’s vessel renewal programme. The first ferry is scheduled for delivery in 2015 and will operate on the Fogo Island and Change Islands service. The second is scheduled for delivery in 2016 and will operate on the Bell Island service.
The ferries will each be equipped with MacGregor bow doors, a bow ramp/door, a stern ramp, shell doors and a hoistable car deck system. They are designed for operation in heavy ice conditions and will be able to carry up to 200 passengers and 60 vehicles.
MacGregor’s RoRo experts have supported naval architects Fleetway and Knud E Hansen with design input for the cargo access equipment throughout the project’s development phase. “We are using our extensive experience of designing and supplying equipment for ferries operating in Canadian waters to support Damen in building ferries that will deliver reliable scheduled services with optimised turnaround times, ” says Lars Öberg, Sales Manager, MacGregor RoRo.
Previous deliveries of MacGregor access equipment for ferries in the region include Grand Manan Adventure for the Province of New Brunswick, Blue Puttees and Highlanders for Marine Atlantic, Northern Expedition for BC Ferries, Coastal Renaissance, Coastal Inspiration and Coastal Celebration for BC Ferries, and Grace Sparkes and Hazel McIsaac for Kiewit Offshore.
Following an extensive evaluation process by Government representatives, Damen received the highest overall score of all the proposals as it “will provide the best value to the province and a high quality vessel that will be delivered on time and on budget”.
MacGregor is the world’s leading brand of engineering solutions and services for handling marine cargoes and offshore loads. MacGregor products serve the maritime transportation, offshore and naval logistics markets, in ports and terminals as well as on board ships. Our cargo flow solutions integrate cargo access, stowage, care and handling functions to suit a particular ship’s cargo profile. This benefits its productivity, environmental impact and profitable service lifetime. www.macgregor.com
MacGregor is part of Cargotec. Cargotec’s sales totalled approximately EUR 3.2 billion in 2013 and it employs approximately 11, 000 people. Cargotec’s class B shares are quoted on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki under symbol CGCBV. www.cargotec.com