MacGregor to outfit vessels for arctic operations

Finstaship has awarded MacGREGOR a contract to deliver two electro-hydraulic subsea knuckle-jib cranes, each with a 150-metric ton (165-ton) SWL active heave-compensated winch system.

Aug 26th, 2008

Offshore staff

HELSINKI, Finland -- Finstaship has awarded MacGREGOR a contract to deliver two electro-hydraulic subsea knuckle-jib cranes, each with a 150-metric ton (165-ton) SWL active heave-compensated winch system. The cranes will be fitted on the vessel Botnica and the supply vessel Nordica.

The new cranes have a hook travel length of 3,000 m (9,842 ft) and a compensation speed of 120 m/min (394 ft/min). In addition to the main winch, a second auxiliary high speed winch is installed. This winch also has subsea capacity and active heave compensation. The cranes are scheduled for delivery in the second half of 2010 from the MacGREGOR facilities in Kristiansand.

MacGREGOR Hydramarine offshore cranes will replace the two existing cranes currently installed on the vessels. The new cranes enable operation in deeper waters and with better performance. The cranes will also be equipped with advanced features ensuring safe operation in harsh environments, makingBotnica and Nordica even better suited for arctic offshore duties, the company says.

The order includes MacGREGOR's crew training program.

08/26/2008

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