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Trade Press Release

MacGREGOR to acquire All Set Marine Lashing

29/06/2005

7,500 TEU series features MacGREGOR hatch cover sets

A series of 7,500TEU container ships built at IHI will feature MacGREGOR liftaway hatch covers, which have been built to strict tolerance requirements at MacGREGOR partner plant NCSC in Nantong, China.Six new 7,500TEU container ships (hull Nos 3193-3194/3200-3203) on order at the Ishikawajima Harima Heavy Industries Co Ltd (IHI) shipyard in Japan will benefit from a complete delivery of MacGREGOR liftaway hatch covers. The six vessels are part of an eight-ship order, with the first in the series (hull No 3191) P&O Nedlloyd Mondriaan delivered in December last 2004, and the second, P&O Nedlloyd Manet, in March this year.

The delivery schedules for the remaining newbuildings will be during 2006 and 2007. MacGREGOR has already delivered the hatch covers for the third ship, which are currently being installed, and work is underway for the remaining orders. All hatch covers have been fabricated at MacGREGOR partner plant NCSC in Nantong where the strict requirements have been met.

The 320m vessels classed by Germanischer Lloyd are owned by Reederei Blue Star in Germany and operated under the P&O Nedlloyd brand. Each ship will have 56 liftaway hatch cover panels and stack loads for the 20ft containers of 90 tonnes and 120 tonnes for the 40ft units. The hatch covers will comprise a partial box steel structure with trapeze-profile deck plate girders. The maximum lifting weight per panel is 40 tonnes.

The hatch cover panels will also feature MacGREGOR Unipad replaceable bearing pad, which slides on the coaming against the stainless steel mating plate.