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MacGREGOR brings passenger cruise service skills to ferry market

5/30/2002

MacGREGOR new RoRo lashings are stronger, lighter and easier to use

MacGREGOR Securing division new generation of RoRo lashings improve operator efficiency and offer a guarantee of strength

Building on its sustained success in the container lashing market, MacGREGOR Securing division is continuing its aggressive programme to introduce a new range of fittings for the RoRo ship sector. MacGREGOR pioneered the development of RoRo ships and historically the Conver (now MacGREGOR-Conver) brand established a leading position in the development of efficient RoRo securing systems. Now, MacGREGOR Securing division is strengthening its position in the RoRo sector with a new range of improved products.

In the same way that we have improved the efficiency of lashing containers on container ships, we are making it easier and more cost effective for operators of RoRo tonnage, says J¼rgen Gloystein, general manager of MacGREGOR Securing division, introducing the new range of refined RoRo products.

Heading the product development is the new generation of Speedlash chain turnbuckle which was introduced two years ago. The new version Speedlash is stronger, lighter and more easily handled by operators.

Speedlash is similarly priced and of comparable weight to competing lashing devices but by using what MacGREGOR describes as a bending moment eliminator it has a higher breaking load than its competitors. Speedlash fully complies with the international standard of 20-tonne breaking load and relevant proof load of about 12 tonnes without deformation. Many competing devices in the market do not meet this standard and this puts at risk the safety of ships, their crew and their cargo, Mr Gloystein says.

Recent RoRo references

  • An important reference for the new Speedlash (among a comprehensive specification comprising all fixed and loose fittings) was for two series of RoRo vessels ordered by Turkish operator UND Shipping from Flensburger Schiffsbau in Germany. The 14,200 dwt ships UND Akdeniz (hull 711) and UND Karadeniz (hull 712), and the 9,865 dwt ships UND Ege (hull 713), UND Adriyatik (hull 714), UND Atilim (hull 715) and UND Birlik (hull 716) were delivered between August 2000 and April 2002.

Other significant references for fixed RoRo lashing equipment include:

  • Orders for MacGREGOR-Conver fittings for the Swedish Stena Line AB 12,300 dwt RoRo carrier series at Dalian Shipyard in China. The first, Stena Foreteller (hull RO123-1), was delivered at the end of 2001 and is being followed by the next two (RO123-2 & 3) this year.
  • Orders for MacGREGOR-Conver fittings for four 14,800 dwt RoLo forest products carriers ordered from Poland Stocznia Gdynia yard. The first pair, Finnfighter (hull No 8222/1) and Finnpine (hull No 8222/2), have been delivered for deployment by Swedish owner B&N Nordsj¶frakt.

Speedlash features:

  • integrated BME (bending moment eliminator)
  • stronger, lighter, easier to handle
  • 20-tonne breaking load
  • no permanent deformation at a load of 12 tonnes
  • fully compliant with international standards

MacGREGOR RoRo securing equipment portfolio:

  • foundations
  • lashing points
  • lashing chains
  • tension levers
  • turnbuckles
  • web lashings
  • trailer horses
  • trailer support jacks
  • wheel chocks

[Picture available from Steve Labdon:] MacGREGOR new generation of Speedlash chain turnbuckle is stronger, lighter and more easily handled by RoRo operators

For further information, please contact:

Mr Jurgen Gloystein, General Manager, MacGREGOR-Conver GmbH,
Zum Panrepel 41, D-28307 Bremen, Germany
Tel: +49 421 83 91 83 Fax: +49 421 83 91 899
e-mail: jurgen.gloystein@macgregor-scr.com