MacGregor to provide deck gear for eight Asian-built tugs

(HONG KONG) — MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has received deck machinery orders for four escort and four harbor tugboats from Cheoy Lee Shipyards Ltd. in Hong Kong. The MacGregor winches have been specifically designed to maximize vessel performance by minimizing equipment weight. The orders were booked into Cargotec's fourth quarter 2018 order intake, with equipment deliveries planned on a rolling schedule commencing in the second quarter of 2019 through to the end of the third quarter.

The 105-foot tugs will operate in India, Southeast Asia and other regions around the world with MacGregor supplying compact and high-performance escort winches, anchor windlasses, towing winches, hydraulic power packs and power takeoff (PTO) systems.

"We understand that detailed consideration of vessel operation and design is key to providing an optimum solution," said Hoye Hoyesen, vice president, advanced offshore solutions, MacGregor. "For this reason, we work closely with ship designers and shipyards to provide solutions that fully meet customer requirements."

"Our deck-handling solution uses a simplified structural design to reduce winch weights and improve control panel construction,"said Terry Onn, senior manager, sales and marketing, MacGregor. "The reduced weight and dimensions of the winch deliver a 10 percent increase in vessel speed during forward tows, offering a considerable operational advantage to the customer."

"Our track record in delivering safe and efficient equipment was an influential factor in securing these contracts. MacGregor has a long and successful relationship with Cheoy Lee Shipyards, supplying numerous systems over the years. We are very happy to be the customer's preferred choice for deck machinery systems, strengthening our position as a market leader in this segment."

By Professional Mariner Staff