MacGregor has developed a new approach, enabling optimization of cargo system solutions that increases cost-effectiveness, efficiency and environmentally-friendliness in the shipping industry. The approach has been developed with the support of Fimecc Rebus programme.


The demand for increased operational efficiencies while minimizing environmental impact is driving major shifts in the shipping industry and its uptake of new technologies and ideas. In turn, the complexity of current technological solutions requires high level of cooperation among the companies during shipbuilding. Enhanced cooperation between all the actors involved in the shipbuilding process will allow making decisions based on actual operating conditions of the vessel and industrial needs, consequently equipping the ship with systems which enable the ship to reach its full capacity, thus ensuring profitability in long-term. The current industry conditions drove MacGregor to develop an approach guaranteeing that the industry can benefit from onboard cargo system solution that meet today’s demanding requirements.


MacGregor, supported by FIMECC Rebus programme is striving to elevate the status of their cargo handling system so that it is at the forefront of the modern shipbuilding process. This aim is being reached through a holistic, forward-thinking approach and dialogues with the shipowner at the early stages of a ship’s design, before any restrictive decisions have been made. Tight collaboration with the customer from the very beginning of the shipbuilding process enables MacGregor to analyze the impact of different loading requirements on all individual components of the cargo handling system and to align the system with the ship’s hull design.

As a result of MacGregor’s approach, all parts of the final cargo system can be optimized in terms of strength and weight so that they work as one entity to accommodate maximum payload space for the anticipated cargoes. With a system optimized for its anticipated cargoes, there are fewer unpleasant surprises in the anticipated revenue streams during ship operation. In addition, the benefits that MacGregor’s approach brings to its direct customer – the shipowner – also work to the advantage of other players engaged in the shipbuilding process. For example, it allows the shipyards to sell payload capacity rather than just selling the ship. This adds value to the shipyards’ offering for shipowners.  


With the help of its new approach, MacGregor is now supplying optimized cargo handling systems for six 18,800 TEU ultra-large container vessels and eleven 15,000 TEU container ships for the United Arab Shipping Company (UASC). The ships are designed to set new standards in energy efficiency. Cargo system design started at an early stage in the project, with all relevant parties working in close cooperation. As a result, the designed cargo handling systems should provide efficient and environmentally-friendly ship operations. The first of the 18,800 TEU series, Barzan, has been delivered and the remaining vessels are scheduled for delivery by 2016.

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