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Algoma's Great Lakes fleet modernisation programme selects MacGregor

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The Yangzijiang shipyard, in China, has placed an order with MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has received an order for gravity self-unloading systems for two 29 800 DWT bulk carriers (lakers).

The order was booked into the first quarter 2016 order intake.

It is expected that the vessels will be delivered late 2017 / early 2018 to Canadian Great Lakes operator, Algoma. "MacGregor enjoys a good, long-term relationship with the Yangzijiang shipyard and we are happy to see our position in the self-unloading market strengthened through this order," commented Mikael Hägglund, Sales Manager, Selfunloaders.

The contract will see MacGregor deliver a highly-automated, efficient self-unloading system to each of the new vessels. The system is designed for a maximum unloading rate of 5450 tph for stone or iron ore and 4360 tph for coal. MacGregor is responsible for the design of the complete self-unloading system, which includes a discharge boom, full flow cargo gates, conveyor belts, cross conveyors, and a C-loop.

"MacGregor thoroughly discussed Algoma's technical requirements during the pre-contract phase and was able to offer the most efficient solution that best suited the operator's needs," noted Hägglund. "Meeting the tight delivery schedule and the coordinated teamwork with the shipyard was also an important factor in securing the order."

The new bulkers will join Algoma's fleet of 13 domestic self-unloading vessels operating on the Great Lakes and the St Lawrence Seaway, all of which have to comply with extremely strict environmental protection legislation.

"MacGregor's gravity self-unloading technology is well-recognised by the industry for being able to provide improved levels of cargo handling efficiency, which in turn delivers a commercially competitive advantage to shipowners," Mr Hägglund added.

Edited from press release by Harleigh Hobbs

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