HELSINKI, Finland -- MacGREGOR's Offshore division has ordered a multi-testbed barge, which is scheduled to arrive and be fully operational by the end of the month. The 76-m x 23-m (249-ft x 75-ft) MacBarge is designed to test two large AHC offshore cranes simultaneously, as well as winches, ROV systems, and other subsea load-handling technology. It carries its own 2,000kVA power unit.
MacBarge will enable full-scale testing of various MacGREGOR products to be conducted prior to installation on board vessels, improving the total efficiency of the test process, the company says.
The Kristiansand plant is the manufacturing and testing hub for MacGREGOR's offshore load-handling equipment, and alongside AHC offshore and deck cranes, it also produces winches, A-frames, module-handling systems, launch-and-rescue systems (LARS), and rescue davits.