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Trade Press Release

MacGREGOR shore-to-ship systems smooth Scottish island services

03/06/2003

MacGREGOR systems serve giant cruiseferry

MacGREGOR's contract to deliver and install RoRo access equipment and passenger elevators for Color Line's new cruiseferry includes a tailor-made hoistable car deck arrangement and a new modular installation method for MonoSpace* elevators

The MacGREGOR Group has won a contract to deliver and install RoRo access equipment, doors, and passenger/service elevator outfits to the world's largest cruiseferry. The 74,600gt vessel is under construction at Kvaerner Masa-Yards' Turku New Shipyard in Finland and is scheduled for delivery at the end of 2004 to Norwegian operator Color Line.

MacGREGOR's RoRo Ship division will deliver and install 17 items of equipment, including:

* hoistable car decks - equivalent to 3,100m2 - with room for 2.5km of car lanes

* bow doors, bow and stern ramps

* a lifting platform

* passenger, bunker and pilot doors.

The equipment will be delivered during end-2003/beginning of 2004 and MacGREGOR's specialist installation team will carry out the work. The installation contract also includes the installation of hydraulic piping and electrical cabling in the hull.

The design of the hoistable car deck arrangements is specially designed to optimise flexible ways of loading and discharging. The aft car deck panels can function as hoistable access ramps, and two panels mid-ship are also hinged in a way that facilitates their use as ramps because of a tilting function that can operated in either direction. This makes optimum use of the car deck space, and allows for different combinations of vehicles and trailers.

Elevators

The cruiseferry has capacity for 2,800 passengers and to ensure their efficient movement around the ship, and accompanying services, MacGREGOR's Passenger Ship division is supplying

19 elevators, the outfit comprising:

* 3 scenic elevators

* 5 passenger elevators

* 7 service/passenger elevators

* 4 service elevators.

The three scenic elevators are of MiniSpace* type, two are conventional, and the remaining types are MonoSpace*.

MacGREGOR's new modular installation method for MonoSpace* elevators is cost-effective and time-saving, and allows for architectural details to be decided late in the schedule. The elevator trunk, except the top module, is constructed by the yard during the block-building/outfitting stage, and it then fits horizontal C-profiles inside the trunk to be used later for mounting guide rails. It is completely finished (with the exception of the top trunk module) before any installation work commences, including painting and insulation. No additional trunk re-inforcement is required, as this will be included in the modular elevator supply.

Both MonoSpace and MiniSpace employ the super-compact gearless EcoDisc* hoisting drive to provide an elevator concept that occupies less space and weighs less than conventional traction elevators, offering benefits to both shipowner and shipyard. Space savings inside the machinery rooms of up to 50 per cent are made using this system and weight savings of 10 per cent, in addition to a 40 per cent reduction in power consumption. MonoSpace is the first practical elevator that does not require a machinery room.

Refrigeration machinery

MacGREGOR´s Passenger Ship division is also supplying refrigeration plant for cooling provisions stores and catering areas. The plant consists of six compact condensing units using semi-hermetic type piston compressors. Two units (one running and one on stand-by) are mounted together on a common frame.

* MonoSpace, MiniSpace and EcoDisc are trademarks of KONE Corporation, and are being used by the MacGREGOR Group under licence from KONE.