MacGregor Cranes will supply 40 cranes for ten general cargo vessels under construction for German shipping company Hermann Buss.

Under the US$30 million deal, four GL-type cranes will be installed on each of the 30,000 dwt (deadweight tonne) ships being built at a Chinese shipyard. Deliveries start in 2009 and continue at two-monthly intervals. MacGregor's standard GL range covers lifting capacities from 25 to 90 tonnes, with outreaches up to 32 m.

The cargo solutions company, which is part of the Cargotec Corporation, will also supply folding weather deck hatch covers, along with the hydraulic system, fixed container lashing equipment for the deck and holds, and lift-away 'tween deck hatch covers.

“Buss is an important customer for MacGregor and its vessels have benefited from MacGregor hatch cover technology for many years, but this is the first time that the company has ordered MacGregor cranes or combined outfits of both hatch covers and cranes. This cargo-handling combination will work very efficiently and provide the owner with technical advantages,” said Tomi Sundell, director of general cargo ships at MacGregor's dry cargo division.

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